Martin accuses Andino of stealing pitch location
Orioles infielder Robert Andino and Yankees catcher Russell Martin exchanged heated words after the ninth inning ended in Monday’s 6-2 O’s loss. The exchange was brought about because Martin accused Andino, who had a one-out double, of stealing signs from second base. Andino, who was not available for comment in the Orioles’ clubhouse, took offense took to Martin’s words, which centered on him stealing the location of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s pitches.
Martin didn’t directly answer what went on and Yankees manager Joe Girardi dismissed the tiff as that “boys were being boys,” although players from both sides confirmed that pitch-stealing was indeed the root of the argument.
“I don’t remember what happened at the end there,” Martin sad. “A little yapping session towards the end. Nothing crazy.”
Martin did admit that he spoke first in the exchange and said he has never had an issue with Andino before Monday night. Asked if that would be any carry over into Tuesday, Martin said: “Maybe it’ll make it more exciting, I don’t know…I can’t predict the future. It’s fun. It’s baseball, there’s emotions flying and stuff. What else can I say?”
This is the first time Martin has gotten into a public argument over sign-stealing with an individual player. Last July in Toronto he was upset that the Blue Jays appeared to be stealing signs and tipping pitches and spoke publicly about the issue.
All Martin would say Monday, however was that maybe Andino didn’t like the look he gave him.
“I think he was inviting me to a sparring session next offseason,” Martin joked. “I don’t know. I’ll get his number. We’ll talk it over later.”