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The Yankees’ war with the umps continues after Max Muncy’s flop

2019-08-26

Max Muncy’s admission that he flopped and faked an injury to stop the the Yankees from scoring the game-tying run in the ninth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers certainly ratcheted up the rivalry between the Dodgers and Bombers.

It was another gut punch in the battle the Yankees have had with the umpires this season.

“I don’t care about that stuff,” Gardner said before Sunday night’s series finale against the Dodgers in L.A. “It’s no different than the pitches that were nine inches (out of the strike zone) that the catcher pulled back and fooled the umpire that were called against Gleyber (Torres) right before that.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 17: Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees argues with home plate umpire Ben May and second base umpire Tom Hallion (R) during the sixth inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2019 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Indians 6-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Gardner made a very good slide into second on a groundball to third in the ninth, where Muncy thought he got the out. When the Dodgers’ second baseman realized he couldn’t make the double play and that Torres had broken for home, he flopped and laid in the dirt as if he were hurt. Kenley Jansen called for time out, which was granted by home plate umpire Gabe Morales as Torres was flying down the third baseline.

Torres was sent back to third.

The Yankees have inquired to MLB what the correct ruling should have been in that situation. They did not protest the call during the game, but they would like some clarity.

“I just want to hear their take on that, on the time out. Just kind of watching it back more and more, again you can clearly see Kenley asking for it. That doesn’t mean you should get it though,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “By the time time was called. Gleyber was on his way.

“Hopefully we’ll get at least an answer on the thought process there, whether they think it was in line or not.”

Boone said he heard Muncy’s admission that he did a little acting on that play.

“I mean, last night after (the play) I didn’t think it should have been called time no matter what he was doing,” Boone said of Muncy. “Maybe that advanced the story a little bit. It didn’t change or have me react any more so.”

After the game, Torres called out the umpiring crew to “be better.”

That is just the latest in the Yankees’ issues with the umpires this season.

Gardner was ejected twice this month for banging a bat on the top of the dugout roof, which is not against the rules. It is up to an umpire’s discretion if he is disrupting the game. Boone has been ejected four times this season and his rant against call-up umpire Brennan Miller, where he called his hitters “f***ing savages in the box,” went viral and has sparked a cottage industry of T-shirts.

VOIT ON SCHEDULE

Luke Voit went 3-for-5 with an RBI Sunday for the Triple-A RailRiders, playing his third minor-league rehab game in a row. The first baseman is rehabbing from a sports hernia, which he struggled through most of July with before going on the injured list July 31.

“He’s on schedule to rejoin us when we get home,” Boone said.

STANTON STEPPING UP

Giancarlo Stanton has been running on the field this weekend and is expected to take another step forward in his rehab from a sprained right knee this week.

“He’s been running on the field. He hasn’t hit on the field yet, though. Hopefully that’ll happen in Seattle,” Boone said. “When he starts to continue to get a little more ramped up, then we’ll see where we’re at.”

Stanton has played just nine games this season because of multiple injuries. It began the first weekend of the season when he strained his left biceps, going on the IL April 1. He then went through a strained shoulder and a left calf strain during his rehab. After missing 68 games, the slugger returned to play six games before suffering the knee injury.

“I think that’s for me, certainly for Giancarlo. He’s been frustrated that he hasn’t been able to play very much. I felt like at the start of the season, from the swing standpoint, been in a really good place. He was having a really good at-bats in the first few games of the season,” Boone said. “When he came back, I thought he was pretty sharp too. He had his swing where it needed to be and unfortunately the injuries have cut it short, so, still a chance for him to get back and leave his mark on the season.”