Showalter on the Yanks anger over weekend scheduling
The scheduling drama surrounding this weekend’s set with the Yankees isn’t going away, as manager Buck Showalter fired back when asked about New York’s frustration with the Orioles’ in refusing to schedule a doubleheader on Friday.
Showalter said the Yankees called president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail on short notice — about 24 hours before the games would be played — and the Orioles said no for a variety of reasons, including the shock and planned tribute for former pitcher and broadcaster Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Wednesday afternoon.
“First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny quite frankly,” Showalter said. “That didn’t sit with me very well. I can tell you that. We didn’t say much – I think we had an April rainout there – and they just told us when we were playing. We were Ok with that. Like I told you the other day, you tell us when we’re playing, we’ll play. The whole scheme of life, the things that really consume you.
We understand that sometimes our opinions on things are not relevant. They come to me when there is two options and talk about it from a baseball standpoint. Every club does that. But some of it kind of has a feeling of [hypocrisy]. I don’t know. I don’t dwell on it. Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn’t really that relevant to me personally. I can tell you that. We’ll do what’s best for our fans and for our organization and we expect it back that they’re going to do the same on their side.”
Both Yankees manager Joe Girardi and player rep Curtis Granderson expressed their anger on Friday through the media and an issued statement, regarding the Orioles’ handling of the schedule, which now takes away New York’s lone off day Sept. 8. On Saturday, general manager Brian Cashman also made his dissatisfaction known, and there are rumblings that the Yankees will call the Commissioner’s Office to complain further.
“I’m real confident that our guys have thought about every possible thing and we hope that the scenario we’ve had coming back home here never presents itself again,” Showalter said. “I’m sure if [the Yankees] stopped and thought about it, if the same thing that happened to one of their greats, that they probably would have given a lot of consideration to how they were going to handle that day.
You want me to keep going? A lot of people don’t really care about what our opinions are about different parts of baseball. We play baseball. If there’s something out there, it’s all about what’s best for the fans and a lot of different things. Where it fits into us with all the great modes of how we’re able to do this between travel and food, I just find it …. Is it raining, is it snowing, is it 18 innings, nine? Let’s go. We hope one day that we can be as competitive as they are. I respect where they are in the season and what their people are saying about the competitive part of it, but it means something to us, too.
We’ll continue to do what’s best for the Baltimore Orioles and the fans, which are the same thing. Along the way, we’ll wear that. Sometimes we confuse some things from a real life standpoint compared to what we’re actually doing here, OK? Obviously, there’s more but I’ll stop there.”