‘That Can’t Happen!’- NY Yankees Catcher Left Stunned as Obscure MLB Rule Led to 16-Min Game Delay

Published 06/16/2022, 7:00 AM EDT

Though the New York Yankees won the recent game against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was a bit of controversy in the game. During the eighth inning of the game, the umpires delayed the game for over 15 minutes.

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During the ongoing series against the Tampa Bay Rays, The Bronx Bombers registered their 13th consecutive win at the Yankee Stadium. However, the scenario could have been different in the second game of the series against the Rays. Because there was a pitching substitution confusion in the game. It also delayed the game for 16 minutes.

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During the eighth inning of the game, the New York Yankees’ manager, Aaron Boone, made a pitching change into the game. Because he did not want the Rays hitter Ji-man Choi to face Miguel Castro. 

Sep 16, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) looks on as =relief pitcher Albert Abreu (84) prepares to warm up on the pitcher’s mound during the seventh inning off the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Instead, he wanted the Lucas Luetge to face the Rays hitter. But umpires took too much time to check if Boone can execute a pitching substitution. It took approx 16 minutes for umpires to check.

Talking about the same, the Yankees catcher, Kyle Higashioka, said he did not feel good about the delay in the game.

“That can’t happen. It can’t take [16] minutes to figure out what’s going on. There’s got to be somebody that knows what to do,” Higashioka said. “I definitely did not feel good on the field after that long delay. I’m just glad we got through it.”

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Aaron Boone also expressed his disappointment and said, “We can’t go out twice within an at-bat. If you announce a pinch-hitter, you can.” Notably, the Yankees’ manager stuck to the rule And ultimately, the umpires also realized the same.

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Given the tense situation in the game, do you think such kind of delays can affect the result of the game?

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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