ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash is facing a one-game suspension and a fine for Tuesday's ejection and his comments on the umpires and AL East rivals New York Yankees.
Cash was ejected during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees for confronting an umpire after New York's Aroldis Chapman threw high and inside near Rays batters in the top of the ninth inning.
During the confrontation caught on the telecast, Cash was heard expressing his frustration to the ump, accusing the Yankees of throwing pitches at Rays batters intentionally.
After the game, Cash said the entire situation was "mishandled" by the Yankees and the umpires. Cash added "it was clear as day" that New York's Masahiro Tanaka meant to bean Joey Wendel on purpose in the first inning.
He accused the Yankees of "poor judgment, poor coaching."
"It's just poor teaching what they're doing," Cash said.
At the end of Tuesday night's postgame presser, Cash hinted that his Rays may retaliate in the future.
"I got a whole damn stable of full of guys that throw 98 mph," the Rays manager said.
Over on the other dugout, Chapman was issued a three-game suspension and will face fines for throwing a "chin music" at Rays' Mike Brosseau. MLB says Chapman had been warned previously in his career about intentionally throwing pitches at the head area of opposing hitters.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone is suspended for a game due to Chapman's actions, according to a press release from MLB.
The two teams once again face each other Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.