Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was irked at umpire, not stalling during perfect game

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rays manager Joe Maddon insisted his players could handle any embarrassment from having a third perfect game thrown against them in four seasons.

But Maddon wasn't going to tolerate the criticism for his tactics in getting ejected and prolonging the argument with the umpires during Felix Hernandez's perfect game Wednesday.

Maddon fired back Thursday at those critics, including Seattle manager Eric Wedge, who suggested Maddon was more interested in delaying and disrupting Hernandez from continuing his masterpiece than discussing umpire Rob Drake's strike zone. Maddon also accused Drake of addressing the Tampa Bay hitters in a less-than-proper manner.

"It had everything to do with us trying to win the game," Maddon said. "All game I'd been hearing how big (Drake's strike zone) was against left-hand hitters, and furthermore, I'm listening to our guys, and there was kind of an abrasiveness in the way it was handled from the ump to our players, which I didn't like, either."

Maddon said when he could tell from the dugout how bad a seventh-inning pitch to Matt Joyce was that was called a strike, he had had enough and had to do something in defense of his hitters.

"And on top of all that, that game's 1-0," he said. "And on top of all that, we're trying to win a pennant. So it had nothing to do with delaying the other guy."

Plus, Maddon continued, it's not his job to be concerned about what accomplishment an opposing player is approaching.

"With all due respect, I don't care about that whatsoever, whether he pitches a perfect game, a no-hitter, whatever," Maddon said. "I have no interest at all in the success of the Seattle Mariners. I have zero interest in that. So however it's perceived from the other side, that is a matter of perception, how they're going to look at things.

"From my perspective, it's about the Rays, period. And what's right for our guys at a specific moment. And I'll always defend our guys first as opposed to trying to put an opposition member into some form of the history book."

Similarly, Maddon said there would have been nothing wrong with a Rays player trying, at any point, to bunt for a hit. That would go against one of baseball's so-called unwritten rules in dealing with a no-hitter/perfect game, but those rules are "archaic," he said.

"A lot of that stuff to me is ill-advised, ill-informed, just ill," Maddon said. "Why is bunting a nonmasculine way of getting on first base? I don't understand that."

Marc Topkin can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, going for the first series sweep of the season, 1:10 p.m.

For starters: Rays vs. Twins, going for the first series sweep of the season, 1:10 p.m.

Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos is no longer just part of a bullpen day, he's the No. 4 starter and who goes to the mound at 1:10 p.m. against Phil Hughes to try to help Tampa Bay attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Twins.Catcher Wilson Ramos g...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

Members of the Rays organization sent their thoughts and prayers to former teammate Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized Saturday night in Chicago in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm.Farqu...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays on Sunday: 1:10 vs. Twins

Rays on Sunday: 1:10 vs. Twins

Sunday vs. Twins1:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 760-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $20-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within five hours of game.Promotion: Mascot socks for kids 14 a...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG – Let's be clear here, the Rays still have a long way to go, and a lot of ground to make up.But seeing them play like they did Saturday in beating the Twins 10-1, putting on a solid all-around show in cobbling their first three-g...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Published: 04/21/18
Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Published: 04/21/18
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Published: 04/21/18
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

UPDATE, 4:17: CF Kevin Kiermaier was back at the Trop, and at one point on the field with a glove on his left hand and protective wrapping on his right, the day after surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right thumb. He said the surgery went "as good ...
Published: 04/21/18
Rays will go forth with Chirinos as fourth starter

Rays will go forth with Chirinos as fourth starter

The Rays have made it official – or as official as things can be with them – in naming RHP Yonny Chirinos as the fourth starter in their rotation.The Rays had been using three, and two "Bullpen Day" slots when playing five straight days.B...
Published: 04/21/18
Archerís sparkling start precedes surreal finish

Archerís sparkling start precedes surreal finish

By now, we presume you've had a few hours to digest the Rays' improbable 10-inning triumph Friday night.So instead of rehashing the whole bizarre body of work, how 'bout a closer look at the workmanship. Specifically, Chris Archer's.Partially lost in...
Published: 04/21/18