Aaron Judge warned about tampering by MLB, Yankees over Manny Machado talk
Aaron Judge got himself and the New York Yankees in a bit of trouble with the powers-that-be in Major League Baseball by making comments about Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado that could be interpreted as tampering.
Judge had an exchange with Machado before Wednesday’s Yankees-Orioles exhibition game, details of which he later revealed to the media.
“I told him he’d look good in pinstripes,” Judge relayed to reporters about what he and Machado, a free agent after the season, discussed.
Judge revealed Thursday he had a chat with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about his remarks.
“Cashman called me briefly and spoke about it,” Judge said, via Newsday. “Gave me a refresher that MLB’s sensitive to that kind of stuff. That’s about it.”
Players technically are not bound by tampering restrictions in the same way as team officials, but the league nevertheless does not like the optics of it. Thus, Major League Baseball issued a statement Wednesday warning Judge and the Yankees that this kind of chatter cannot be tolerated.
“We have been in contact with the Yankees,” MLB’s statement read. “They communicated to us that Mr. Judge’s off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club. They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again.”
As far as the brief conversation is concerned, Judge indicated that Machado “just kind of laughed it off” for the most part. Still, Judge made it clear a lesson was learned concerning such issues.
“I don’t know about other guys, but it just came up in passing,” Judge said. “Now I know. Got a little refresher. Learn something new every day.”