The AL East-rival Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are within the midst of a three-game sequence at Tropicana Discipline, and this conflict between contenders on Monday was spiced up by some haphazard espionage.
Within the sixth inning of eventual Rays’ win on Monday, Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier slid into house plate, and through the motion on the plate an information card with, partially, data on how Jays pitchers would assault Rays hitters apparently fell out of catcher Alejandro Kirk’s pocket. Kiermaier retrieved the cardboard and saved it.
This is some video and extra context from Arash Madani:
In accordance with Madani, the Blue Jays are “not blissful” that Kiermaier picked up and saved the cardboard. Madani later tweeted out Kiermaier’s considerably rambling response when requested about what occurred:
In accordance with Kiermaier, he initially thought it may need been his positioning card for the outfield that he retains in his pocket, however as soon as he realized it wasn’t that, he declined handy it over to another person within the Rays dugout.
As Madani and Shi Davidi of SportsNet later reported, the Jays dispatched a bat boy to the Tampa Bay dugout to ask for the cardboard to be returned, however the request was declined, albeit in what appeared to be a joking method. That refusal to return the cardboard, which very probably supplied the Rays with actionable insights into the Jays’ method towards them, might be what caught in Toronto’s craw. Whether or not you assume Kiermaier and the Rays are out of bounds on this probably hinges on whether or not you assume the Jays’ knowledge card is truthful recreation as soon as it falls out of the catcher’s pocket.
Additionally of be aware is that the Rays in a since-deleted tweet apparently referenced the incident whereas noting that the staff is on the verge of clinching the division title:
Following Tuesday’s recreation, Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo called the matter “aqua under the bridge.” It ought to be famous Montoyo served as Money’s bench coach with the Rays from 2015-18.
The Jays and Rays meet Wednesday for the ultimate time this common season. Maybe this matter can be revisited throughout these contests.
The Rays can clinch a postseason berth on Wednesday with a win over the Blue Jays, and both a Yankees loss to the Rangers or Purple Sox loss to the Mets. The Blue Jays, in the meantime, enter Wednesday’s contest with a 1/2-game lead over the Yankees for the ultimate AL wild card spot.
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