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Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2011 11:43 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

With Hurricane Irene doing her part in ruining some plans from the past several days, baseball scheduling on the East Coast has been mangled a bit. Included is the Orioles-Yankees series in Baltimore. It was initially scheduled to be a five-game series from Friday through Monday -- the latter of which due to a previous rainout. With the torrential rains expected Saturday and possibly Sunday, the Yankees wanted to play a doubleheader Friday to make sure there wouldn't be need for any makeup games. The Orioles refused, citing shock over Mike Flanagan's recent death as one of the reasons.

Because of this, the Yankees will now have to travel to Baltimore for a single makeup game on September 8, which was their only scheduled off-day between now and September 15. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and player representative Curtis Granderson were all frustrated that there wouldn't be a doubleheader on Friday and let their feelings known in the media -- though, in fairness, none of them specifically mentioned Flanagan's death. Cashman reportedly might complain to the office of the commissioner.

This doesn't sit well with Showalter, who managed the Yankees from 1992-1995 before being fired.

“First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny quite frankly,” Showalter said (Britt's Bird Watch). “That didn’t sit with me very well. I can tell you that. We didn’t say much -- I think we had an April rainout there -- and they just told us when we were playing. We were Ok with that. Like I told you the other day, you tell us when we’re playing, we’ll play. The whole scheme of life, the things that really consume you. We understand that sometimes our opinions on things are not relevant. They come to me when there is two options and talk about it from a baseball standpoint. Every club does that. But some of it kind of has a feeling of [hypocrisy]. I don’t know. I don’t dwell on it. Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn’t really that relevant to me personally. I can tell you that. We’ll do what’s best for our fans and for our organization and we expect it back that they’re going to do the same on their side.”

This isn't the first time Showalter has been critical of the Yankees and it likely won't be the last.

The Orioles and Yankees play a doubleheader Sunday.

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Comments

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

What drubbing? I think if you look so far tonights game will only even the series....if the Yankees win. Seems as though the mighty Yankees came in a little too confident and got it taken to them by us lowly Orioles.

Every player on this team has been touhed per sey by Flanigan. He was the GM for a few years and his afilliation with MASN gives him exclusive contact to all the players. 

Not saying it was right or wrong but at least Girardi could have sent his condolences to the team and ownership.  



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Lack of awareness of others is a pattern with the Yankees.  They have shown this in the past when Tampa Bay wanted to delay games several years ago when Florida was ravaged by the four hurricanes and the Yankees were complaining when the Rays wanted some time to let the players get their home lives back together.  More ironic was this came not too long (a few years) after 9/11 when the Yankees were expecting (and rightly so) sympathy and understanding from the rest of the country.  Sadly, the Yankees, a great franchise, have been prone to a lack of class and empathy due to their own self absorption.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

As a Minnesotan, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Therefore, I can be objective and unbiased. I get the Yankee hating and all that, but this is stupid. As many have said, respect is lost when you take your own life. Even if you disagree with that, consider this: The teams DID play a game that day. Point being, how can you be in shock over a death and play 1 game? Is it different if you have to play 2? The short answer is no.




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

As a Minnesotan, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Therefore, I can be objective and unbiased. I get the Yankee hating and all that, but this is stupid. As many have said, respect is lost when you take your own life. Even if you disagree with that, consider this: The teams DID play a game that day. Point being, how can you be in shock over a death and play 1 game? Is it different if you have to play 2? The short answer is no.




Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

It's the Yankees trying to throw their weight around once again.  Their attitude is we're the Yankees we should get what we want.  If it was a former Yankees player you can bet the Yankees would be doing the same damn thing and the New York press would villanize the Orioles



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

I'm sorry, I think Buck was acting like a complete fool here. I also don't understand how a baseball team can be grieving so terribly over a ex-player that killed himself. All this "shock" is a load of garbage. There are perhaps a handful of people that remember, and have had dealings with Flannigan over the recent years, and the majority of the team is in the locker room talking about "That old guy that pitched in the 70's." Get a grip, and stop the touchy-feely sensitive man garbage, Buck. You must have had an appointment that would have been more enjoyable than the drubbing the Yanks would most likely have given your sensitive team. In my opinion, Flannigan deserves NOTHING from the team, or baseball in general.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

No one wants to mention that the Braves are in the same boat... same makeup day, same closest off day,but the Braves have to play a DOUBLE HEADER on their day off... but the difference between the Yankees and the Braves is that the Braves don't feel like they should be handed everything because they're entitled, the Yankees are like the spoiled brats of MLB, actually, they are probably the most spoiled brats off all sports...



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:47 am
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Buck Showalter wasn't out of line and every other fan that's not tied to the Orioles or Yankees (SPankees? loved that one!!) I'm betting agrees with him.  



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:44 am
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

I guess my only question would be: would Mike Flanigan want his death to interfere with the game?  I would bet if he's like most baseball guys he would say no. 



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:34 am
 

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

I guess we're all supposed to bow down, kiss the Yankees feet and thank them for allowing the rest of the teams to play THEIR game.


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