Rays Manager Kevin Cash Threatens To Hit Yankees After Chapman Brush Back

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman took the mound last night and before the final out, threw an 0-0 pitch that nearly decapitated Rays infielder Mike Brosseau. No one was more pissed off than Rays manager Kevin Cash who had plenty to say about the pitch.

Understandable that he would be frustrated, but is this the same coach that enables his players to do this?

No question on the intent of that fastball, but understanding the situation in last night’s incident can help us unpack Chapman’s intent. Aroldis Chapman is being accused of intentionally throwing at a player to put the tying run at the plate in a must-win game against the first place Rays? Doubtful. Every other head hunting pitch you’ll see in baseball will come in a situation like the one above: 7-0 with the game all but over.

Here’s Chapman’s pitch for you to see yourself:

Other than the 101 MPH fastball at Brasseau’s neck, one of the first details to the naked eye is that Chapman walks toward home plate. This gives off the impression he has no remorse in his body, but digging into Chapman’s past debunks that (bottom video).

Kevin Cash took it to the media to let the Yankees and fan bases around the world exactly what to expect tomorrow.

“I got a whole damn stable of pitchers that throw 98 mph. Period.”

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and star second baseman D.J LeMahieu responded to that post-game.

No one can prove intent and if you really want to psych yourself into believing a team was acting reckless, you’ll find a way. Deescalating a situation like this looks difficult when a player on your own team was in danger, but it doesn’t seem like this ended last night. Two teams fighting for first place arguing about intentionally hitting players is baseball’s next great rivalry.

The Yankees have a roster filled with what should be linebackers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, so picking a fight doesn’t look like the move. As long as no one gets hurt at the hands of a pitch, tonight’s Yankees-Rays matchup at 7:05 ET should be a spectacle.

Athletes hating each other to their core instead of taking each other to dinner? What year is it?

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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