You Can’t Talk to Manny Machado

While Manny Machado may actually look good in Yankee pinstripes doesn’t mean you can tell him that.  Aaron Judge received a call from New York Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman Wednesday evening with a good reminder for the young Yankees outfielder. Judge was reminded that he isn’t allowed to say things like that to All Star Orioles infielder Manny Machado while on the field.

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Judge the American League Rookie of the Year mentioned to Machado in passing on field “you’d look good in Pinstripes too.” He also said that Machado laughed off the recruiting pitch.  Just a little small talk between the games great young players but Major League Baseball didn’t see it that way.

Major League Baseball called the New York Yankees Front Office making sure they were away that Judge’s comments could be construed as tampering.  Machado the Orioles 3B/SS is one of the highly sought after Free Agent class of 2018 that teams were saving their money for this off-season.

MLB’s Statement in Regards to Judge’s Comments

“We have been in contact with the Yankees. They communicated to us that Mr. Judge’s off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club,” the league said in its statement. “They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again.”

MLB Rule Book Definition of Tampering

(k) TAMPERING. To preserve discipline and competition, and to prevent the

enticement of players, coaches, managers and umpires, there shall be no negotiations or dealings respecting employment, either present or prospective, between any player, coach or manager and any Major or Minor League Club other than the Club with which the player is under contract, or acceptance of terms, or by which the player is reserved or which has the player on its Negotiation List, or between any umpire and any baseball employer other than the baseball employer with which the umpire is under contract, or acceptance of terms, unless the Club or baseball employer with which the person is connected shall have, in writing, expressly authorized such negotiations or dealings prior to their commencement.

Judge says he has learned his lesson.  Other teams may start to court Manny Machado this season but they’ll have to go about it more quietly.  Machado who is converting from third base to short stop this season is only 24 years old.  He’s played 5 full seasons already and has a hit 35, 37, and 33 home runs the past three seasons.  He will be an upgrade to most teams in fields and will likely command a high dollar amount on the Free Agent market.

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