Saturday, April 2, 2011
Updated: April 3, 11:12 AM ET
Brian Cashman: MLB called Yankees
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees say they are finished flashing hand signals from the stands -- at least for now.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the team received a call Saturday from the commissioner's office inquiring about a club employee relaying information to players after each pitch on Opening Day.
The Daily News reported Saturday broadcaster Keith Olbermann, a New York season-ticket holder, put a photo on Twitter of Brett Weber, a Yankees baseball operations coaching assistant, holding up four fingers toward the field during Thursday's game against the Detroit Tigers.
However, Cashman called the whole incident "silly" and referred to the blogosphere as "psychotic."
Olbermann's photo showed Weber "wearing a headset and sitting in the stands behind home plate, holding up four fingers toward the field during Thursday's opener, presumably signaling pitch speed," the Daily News reported.
"Yeah, MLB, Joe Garagiola the disciplinarian called asking about it," Cashman said. "We explained what went on. The scoreboard went down, so he was relaying with his fingers [speed] to hitters who wanted it; what the velocity was to pitches."
Cashman said everyone is making too much of nothing, given the circumstances.
"I think [Joe] recognizes the fact that there's no real advantages here," Cashman said. "Any time there is a bulletin out and it explains that you're not supposed to do that. In the first inning, the scoreboard was reading 912 miles an hour. Normally that stuff's out there. ... I think everyone realizes there's no advantages here. But there's a bulletin that says you're not supposed to do it. I think it's really silly personally.
"But we provided all information in a truthful and honest way to Joe."
Cashman said Garagiola will review the incident further with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who now serves as MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, "to see what they should do." Cashman said there was no mention of any potential punishment and he thought Garagiola was satisfied with the team's explanation.
"I think ultimately they recognize it's a silly situation, and it's not really an issue that provides advantages either way," Cashman said. "It's probably more work talking about it than it's worth. Anybody who obsessed about it yesterday ... you know the psychotics [on the blogosphere] that obsessed about it all day yesterday. I think we all did them a favor by keeping them off the street. Preventing them from hurting others."
Information from ESPNewYork.com's Mike Mazzeo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.