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R.A. Dickey says the Yankees were stalling yesterday

Apr 29, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey looks towards the New York Yankees dugout after Yankees Lyle Overbay hit a go ahead two-run home run during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

Yesterday R.A. Dickey gave up a homer to Lyle Overbay in the seventh inning. The next batter, Eduardo Nunez, came up to bat, but before he did he called time, had the trainer come out and help him get something out of his eye.  At least that’s what appeared to happen. Dickey says it was gamesmanship:

“What had happened, and it was fairly obvious to everyone in our dugout, was that Joe (Girardi) was trying to get (Nunez) to take some extra time so he could get Robertson warmed up in the bullpen,” Dickey said. “(It’s) just gamesmanship on his part.”

Nunez said it was just stuff in his eye. I didn’t see the game, but the accounts of the little incident suggest it was only a short delay. How Dickey can be so sure it was faked is beyond me. Anyone with any insight?

While we’re at it, is it possible for the Jays and Yankees to play a series without someone accusing someone else of chicanery or unwritten rules violations or something? Seems like it happens every time.

  1. jfk69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Come on Dickey..You are not facing a bottom three including a hitting pitcher like in the NL. Man up pal. Or it will be a long season for you

    • ctony1216 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Not sure which is worst: Dickey making an issue of Nunez’s alleged stalling tactics, or the fact that the Jays players think Edwin Encarnacion’s lame home run trot with right-arm-elevated is really cool.

      Jays should note that no team in baseball history has ever won a division title with a player who has a right-arm-elevated home run trot.

      For those who haven’t seen it, here it is: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/edwin-encarnacion-status-update-still-a-t-rex/

      • ctony1216 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Speaking of weird home run trots, former S.F. Giant Jeffrey Leonard won a NL West Title in 1987 with his “One Flap Down” trot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zXGIgjDb_E

        In Game 3 of that year’s NL Championship Series vs. the Cardinals, St. Louis pitcher Bob Forsch drilled Leonard in the back with a fastball, after which Leonard was called “both flaps down.”

      • badintent - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        @ctony1216
        I do remember OneFlapDown D-bag. Not a Card fans but it was sweet to see him get drilled for his 15 seconds of fame. Some guys shouldn’t think. They only hurt themself when they try.

  2. natslady - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    LOL. Yesterday, while Henry was throwing boomerang balls (yes, he had one hit the backstop and nearly hit him in the head on its way back past the mound), Davey was in a rush to get another reliever warmed. A fan threw a ball on the field, causing a delay. Coincidence????

    • Uncle Charlie - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      It’s good to see you’re back in last season form, posting about the Nationals in every comment section.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      You’re like the Yankees. You have a Hater Nation. Well done, woman.

  3. beearl - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Robertson was already up and throwing when Overbay hit his dinger. Hell, he caught that home run ball in between throws. To suggest that he was going to need more time that the rest of that half-inning to get ready seems ridiculous.

    • Liam - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Yeah, this. Robertson was pitching the 8th even if they were down a run. No reason to stall for him.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Video is here

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=26687237&topic_id=&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_26687237&v=3

    Girardi does put his hand over his mouth and whispers something to Nunez before this injury occured, and they did have a pitcher warmign up. All circumstantial. IMO, seeing as the Yankees made 8 mound visits in one inning of the 2009 W.S. (including 4 in one AB), I have to believe they were stalling on purpose. Which I suppose is within the rules, but I don’t blame the Blue Jays for calling them out on it

    • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      They need to change the rules: no mound visits other than for injuries. Period.

      • cackalackyank - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        I am actually inclined to agree…of course if MLB came into the 21st century the pitching coach would have a headset…and the pitcher and catcher would have an earpiece….so no need to go out unless there is an injury, or an actual pitching change. Also, since this would cause a spike in “injuries”, it could be called a ball if the “injury” doesn’t cause a pitching change…or maybe a balk.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        No way! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the occasional conference and also, drama!

      • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        If the pitcher and catcher cannot communicate, that’s their problem. Work it out between innings.

        Baseball has evolved to a point that each team is allotted an infinite number of time outs and is allowed to call them at any moment in the game. Now, I’m pretty sure this is the system that college basketball uses, as well, but I’m not familiar with any other sport that allows it to happen.

        Do you know why? Because time outs are boring.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        I think you are trying to eliminate beer runs…

        Boooo!!!!!!

      • jwbiii - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        What? No Beer Nut throwing?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

        I am remiss, Sir. Apologies.

        /throws nuts

    • Old Gator - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      If the Jays were playing baseball like they really meant it, little episodes like this wouldn’t be worth mentioning in the first place. I’m disappointed in Biggeth Dicketh for letting his frustration make him look like a clown. Suck it up and start playing like you want to win, Feather Lice.

    • vintage1496 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Geez, talk about sour grapes. That World Series was 4 years ago, let it go bro.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        I think you reading a little more into then I was saying.

        I was saying (as others said as well) that stalling is something the Yankees do. And as I noted, there is no rule against it. I used the example from 2009 because I knew it off the top of my head

      • cackalackyank - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Oh yes..the Evil Yankees are the only
        ones that have ever played for time….we all know the Red Sox, Phillies, Tigers, etc, etc, would never resort to such tactics. ;-)

      • bigharold - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        “Oh yes..the Evil Yankees are the only…”

        Yes, that’s absolutely true and the best part is the Yankees are getting away with it. Nah .. actually it’s not true but we here on the bridge of the Death Star sure do like that everybody thinks it’s true.

  5. jfk69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Not too mention Girardi’s black book said Nunez must wait 45 seconds before stepping in after a previous home run and lead after six innings in April. Was sixty seconds last year but ump was slow played in his last poker game back at the hotel.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Typical sour grapes from the bluejays, they are on the verge of being eliminated by memorial day so they make excuses like this now. I heard one reporter who was talking to Gibbons after the game said during the entire interview he thought he could smell Gibbons pants burning, i guess thats how hot his seat has become, Me thinks him and AA might be looking for new work next year.

    • Old Gator - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Gibbons maybe, AA not so fast. I thought the Gibbons hire was…er…curious considering that the Feather Lice fanbase was so excited by the trades and then Gibbons was named to manage, which was received like a cold shower. He doesn’t seem to be having much luck motivating these guys.

      I’ve got a friend in Toronto who is in great pain over this. He wrote me this morning that he’s really delighted hockey playoffs begin tomorrow. He says he’ll check back with the Lice in a month or so, and that he hates baseball. I was tempted to advise him to watch the Expos instead, but discretion, being the better part of valor and all…

      Is Bobby Valentine working? Just a thought….Nyuknyuknyuk

      • bigharold - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        “Is Bobby Valentine working?”

        Yeah, .. he’s “inventing” a new type of sandwich.

      • badintent - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Your friend in Toronto.Is his name Brian Burke ? The dude is going bonkers on all 18 bloggers including you about him stuffing Hazel. Ball don’t Lie. Nor does DNA tests

  7. indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I didn’t see that part of the game, but stalling in general is the Yankees M.O.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      I don’t understand what the thumbs-down are for. This is a fact.

      • Old Gator - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        It’s a time honored MO for every team in the game, hallowed by usage and sanctified by time. I don’t get why any professional ballplayer would be making a big deal about it (aside from Dirtyharry’s essentially correct observation about whining and frustration in this particular case).

        Can you imagine a Feesh peetcher making such a complaint? One of the team’s own fans would throw a bottle at his head.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Because Yankees fans are very sensitive when you point that out

      • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        The Red Sox are awful at this, too. For the Sox, it’s the time between pitches. For the Yankees, it’s the constant mound visits. I think both should be penalized for it, and the rules should be changed to end these practices.

        Baseball exists to entertain the paying customers. Waiting too long for the next pitch is not entertainment. Basketball added a shot clock, and I’m sure the purists of the day hated it. They were wrong; it made the game more interesting.

        Baseball should add a pitch clock. Barring an injury, if a throw is not delivered to the catcher without 20 seconds, call it a ball. Throw over to first as often as you want to. Have all the damn mound conference you want. The clock is still running.

        First obligation is on the batter. If he’s not in the box when the clock expires, it’s a strike. So the batter will stay in the box and the onus will be on the pitcher.

      • dfpoor - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        High Socks caught the homer, he was already throwing.

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Homers.

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Old Gator, it is a tactic used by all of baseball but the Yankees have elevated it to an art.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Isn’t art supposed to be beautiful?

      • indaburg - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Ah, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yes?

      • bigharold - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        “I don’t understand what the thumbs-down are for. This is a fact.”

        Because the whole notion that the Yankees were stalling is BS. I did see the game, no such stalling occurred or was needed. Robertson was up before Nunez went to the plate and was already waiting to go. As was pointed out he caught the HR just before that.

        The thing Dickey should concern himself with is his part in the Yankees taking four straight from them this past weekend.

        “Because Yankees fans are very sensitive when you point that out”

        No we’re not. In fact I like the idea that other teams, and their fans, think the Yankees get special treatment and or, as in this case, skirt the rules. It’s the glue that holds their collective inferiority complex together.

  8. jfk69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Me think that pitch to Overbay was stalling and slow. Was that a knuckler or a stalled fastball. Bwawwwwwwwww

    • scoocha - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Yeah, Yanks were stalling. Did the game even go 3 hours? Red Sox beat the A’s 6-5 the other day and the game took 3:40.

  9. barrywhererufrom - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    R.A. as a Yankees fan we respected you playing in Flushing. Things are a little different in the AL like you know. The Yankees didn’t pound you but pitching in the NL is a lot different. Hope you stay classy and be the stand up guy that you always were in New York. I am sure you will be seeing more of the same ‘stalling tactics’ especially since the Yankees won..

  10. uyf1950 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Jesus stop the whining Dickey the Jays lost the game. How many times have we seen catchers and Managers go out to the mound by every team solely for the purpose of giving someone extra time to warm up in the bullpen. Grow a pair you’re not playing for the Mets any more.

  11. mybrunoblog - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    After complaining about stalling to the media Dickey said “We are struggling right now but if we play like we are capable of I think we can win 80 games”

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      You actually had me fooled, I really fell for that :)

  12. Darkoestrada - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Robertson was warming before the overbay homer and was coming in the 8th even if they didn’t take the lead. This is a complete non factor. The extra 30 seconds made no difference

  13. jfk69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Dickey sees the writing on the wall. Is now auditioning for color commentators job back with the Mets.
    Watch out Darling
    I breathlessly await Dickeys next keen baseball insight.

  14. stex52 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I understand that if this charge proves true, it will be the first time in the history of organized baseball that a team actually had the temerity to delay a game so that a reliever could get a couple of extra warm-ups.

    Oh wait, or maybe it has happened in every game in the history of organized baseball..

    I forget which.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I know that’s why I go to baseball games: for the pitching changes. It’s been true for my whole family. Grandad used to talk about Connie Mack and Old Shibe Park, and the magnificience of waiting for the game to start again. Other grandad ah crap I don’t have the energy to keep this up.

      Stalling the game is boring. It advantages neither team and only does so at the expense of fans’ enjoyment.

  15. xpensivewinos - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I remember an appropriate little quote about losers making excuses while the winners were busy f***ing the prom queen.

    The Blue Jays are imploding already, right before our eyes. It’s not going to be pretty.

  16. addictedzone - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    On pace to lose as many games by Mother’s Day as he did all last year, Dickey is looking for a scapegoat anywhere he can.

    • cackalackyank - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Dickey has already surpassed his loss total for last year. This was #4. Last year he only lost 3. Mother’s day is 2 weeks away. He can lose 6 before then.

      • addictedzone - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Dickey went 20-6 last year

      • cackalackyank - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        My bad…well he will probably equal that then.

  17. deathmonkey41 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Did someone get Dickey a tissue?

  18. djpostl - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Except the part where Robertson was already up in the pen (he snagged the Overbay HR while standing on the mound) you little douchey whiny twat…

  19. multiplemiggs - May 1, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Yankees have been cheating for years…is this new to anyone?

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