BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter wasn’t in much of a mood to discuss Monday night’s dustup with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
He knew he couldn’t avoid it, especially with several members of the New York media in attendance at Tuesday’s pregame news briefing.
Showalter said he hadn’t heard from Major League Baseball about the incident and that he didn’t plan to talk with Girardi.
When a reporter said that Showalter believed the Yankees stole signs, the manager sharply retorted that wasn’t the case.
“Don’t do that,” he warned.
“Everybody sits there with multiple signs. We change signs,” Showalter said.
“You should be conscious of that and you should do it if you can get them. They’re right there for everybody to see.”
Showalter said that many clubs have a coach who monitors sign sequences.
“That’s part of the game,” Showalter said. “It’s way exaggerated.”
The important thing is that the Orioles and Yankees are still fighting for a playoff berth.
“Two very competitive groups that are competing for the same thing. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? It matters. And you care, don’t you? If you care, it matters. It’s like a lot of things in life. You’re not very passionate about things you don’t care about. I think we all stand accused,” Showalter said.