John Schneider follows ‘fat boy’ episode with Alek Manoah ‘f–k-up’
Blue Jays manager John Schneider’s dramatic week went from “fat boy” to “f–k-up.”
After a wild streak against the Yankees, during which Toronto complained about the positioning of the Yankees’ base coaches, Blue Jays broadcasters speculated about Aaron Judge’s bright eyes and Schneider shouted “shut up, fat boy” to someone in the Yankees dugout — Yankees assistant batting coach Brad Wilkerson thought he was the recipient — Schneider made a huge mistake in the sixth inning of a loss to the Orioles on Saturday .
With the game tied 2-2 and Alek Manoah at 85 with two outs in the top of the sixth, Schneider went to the mound to discuss strategy.
However, pitching coach Pete Walker — who was barking at Yankees third baseman coach Luis Rojas on Tuesday before Schneider’s “fat boy” remark — had already visited the mound earlier in the inning, and according to As a rule, two visits to the mound in one inning require a pitch. change.
So, after the discussion on the mound ended, plate umpire Dan Iassogna informed Schneider that Manoah, who sounded incredulous, had to retire from the game.
The Blue Jays ended up scoring once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to take a 5-2 lead, but Baltimore tied the game in the eighth and beat Toronto in 10 innings, 6-5.
“I screwed up,” admitted Schneider after the match, through MLB.com. “But I think whatever my fk-up was, it was a good time to get him out.”
Manoah, the 25-year-old All-Star who has a 5.15 ERA and nine homers allowed in 10 starts this season, said there was a bit of silence on the mound because he knew Walker had already visited the mound.
“When [Schneider] started asking me if I wanted to stay in the game, I thought, ‘Well, maybe Pete didn’t come here?’ I wasn’t sure,” Manoah told reporters. “I told him I wanted to stay and pleaded my case, but as he walked away the ref said, ‘Hey, it was your second visit. “
Toronto ended up losing 8-3 to the Orioles on Sunday in 11 innings, getting swept at home after losing three of four to the Yankees.
The Blue Jays (25-22) now sit last in the dreaded AL East and head to St. Petersburg to begin a four-game series against MLB’s top Rays (34-14) on Monday.
The Yankees (29-20) return home after a 6-1 road trip to start a three-game series with the Orioles (31-16) on Tuesday.
New York Post