During Saturday night’s Tigers-Rays game, Rays closer (former Tiger) Fernando Rodney buzzed Miguel Cabrera’s dome with a tailing fastball. Naturally, Cabrera wasn’t happy. Nobody would be. Rodney got Cabrera to swing and miss on the next pitch for the strike out. Following the at-bat, Cabrera had words for Rodney and the Rays dugout.
It also prompted Tigers manager Jim Leyland to comment on it. ”To throw up there in that area is not acceptable. Somebody pays a price for that throughout baseball. That’s the way baseball is. There’s no free lunch.” Very legit, accurate comments. There’s no place in baseball for a pitcher to throw up and in on a guy. Keep in mind, nothing in that comment was directed specifically to Rodney or accusatory.
The pitch and Cabrera’s reaction also resulted in a jab from Rays skipper Joe Maddon.
“This guy is outstanding, he’s wonderful. I just wish he wouldn’t cry so much.”
Unlike Leyland, Maddon’s comment was directed specifically at Cabrera and 100% accusatory. Did Rodney intentionally throw up and in on Cabby? Only he knows. Did Cabrera “cry” when he got back to the dugout? That’s open for interpretation. But it’s quite obvious that Maddon does not watch too many Tiger games. Cabrera is as professional as they come when it comes to “crying.” He goes about his business killing opposing pitching leading the league in smiles.
Whether or not you believe Rodney’s pitch had some purpose, it was just as unnecessary as Maddon’s comment.