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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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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:50 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Here is what I am a little confused at though, Flanagan killed himself cause he thought the people of Baltimore blamed him for the team being so bad.  Or at least that is what I have read.  I imagine he had other things going on, but this was always the first thing mentioned.

Now this might be callous but how dare he think he is so important that the whole team being good rested on him?  And how dare he do that to his wife and kids?  Even if the first part isn't true, committing suicide and leaving your family like that is pretty pitiful.  It shows he was not strong enough to get help and his family was not in tune with him either. 

I see nothing wrong with the Yankees request and I am a Red Sox fan.  I always like "Flanny" back in the day but I can't respect the whole suicide thing, I have had two friends go through that route already and just never understood it.  Again, might sound callous, but I just can't imagine how his life was worse than most in this country these days to take this way out. 

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:49 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Jacoby Ellesbury..........See Brady guessed it.....ROIDS

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:47 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

The orioles have been a joke organization for years now and Showalter is the perfect lackey for a scrub team.  And by the way Adrian Gonzalez has been on roids for the last 3 years and still is.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 11:00 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Really, Baltimore, this is what you're going with? If you were so shocked about Mike Flanagan's death, then why did you play Friday? If you're going to make something up, at least make it believable. The Orioles -- and Buck Showalter -- are an absolute joke. The Yankees have every right to complain.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 9:59 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

If the Yankees dislike having to make up the game so much, they should just stay home and call it a forfeit. Yankees like to boss other teams around when they are the host, AND when they are the visitors. Glad the Orioles actually stood up to them.

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2011 8:37 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Come on people   ...every time that some player gets better is not because of STEROIDS !!!  Sometimes they just "get it"
 Dave Winfield wasn't anything special his first three of four years  ...  nobody cries steroids fact he wasn't a monster
until he was 30 years old.  Ellsbury is now 27   ...   Granderson is now 30 and is really a good player.  Steroids?  I think not!

Quit painting every player who "matures" with the STEROID brush. 

btw Mike Schmidt had a .197 average after his first 400 AB's with 151 strikeouts.  Then he became a great player.
STEROIDS????  Don't think so!

Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Refresh all of our memories. Who asked for a day off here? Answer, no one.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 8:05 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Granderson's on roids, but Ellsbury coming of an injury and hitting home runs like crazy isn't on roids?  Hmmm.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:56 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Typical Red sawx fan...look at Granderson you fool!  Roids make you bigger & your head swell like oh say David Ortiz. Plenty of players on both Yanks, Sawx & many others roided up....but safe to say Granderson ain`t one of em.  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 7:53 pm

Showalter, Yankees at odds again

Typical nonsensical prattle.  Texas received A. Soriano, who was signed to a huge contract a couple of years later.  Not exactly a stiff.  Little known is the fact the Rangers were offered a choice between 5 players for the 2nd player in the deal.  One of the players was Robbie Canoe.  The Rangers blew it and took someone else.  The Yankees offered 2 big time players in exchage for A Rod, they did not buy him.  The players association vetoed Boston's bid, but approved the Yankees.

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