Samson: Rays manager Kevin Cash and Yankees Aroldis Chapman should be suspended for roles in altercation
In the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, Yankees closest, Aroldis Chapman, threw a pitch that nearly hit Rays pinched hitter Michael Brousseau at the back of the head. The fastball at 101 mph fair missed contact with Brousseau’s helmet. Chapman then hit Brousseau to end the game, but afterwards cross looks and bad words were exchanged before the benches and relieving pens were cleared. It didn’t lead to a fight, however.
After the game, Rays manager Kevin Cash made some interesting comments about the situation.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Cash said. “He was mismanaged by the Yankees. Definitely the pitcher on the mound. He was mismanaged by the umpires. Someone has to be responsible. The last thing I will say about this is that I have one hell of a stable full of guys throwing 98 mph. Period. “
On Wednesday’s episode of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” Samson weighed in on Cash’s comments and believes they are grounds for suspension.
“It’s called a threat. It’s called a suspension for Kevin Cash,” Samson said. “It is a guarantee that Major League Baseball will suspend Kevin Cash for these comments. They are trying to protect the health and safety of the players. What Aroldis Champman has done is unacceptable. He is going to be suspended. But Cash challenged Aaron. Boone, Brian Cashman, the Steinbrenner family, all Yankees players. It was amazing. I haven’t heard a sound byte like this in so long when a manager goes after a team like this. . “
The drama began long before Chapman joined in. Rays second baseman Joey Wendle was tackled in the back by a Masahiro Tanaka pitch in the first inning.
Samson argued that Chapman deserved to be suspended for throwing on Brousseau. However, he also believes that Cash shouldn’t have reacted that way and essentially threatened to fight back.