Phil Nevin has no regrets about Aaron Judge’s decision to walk home after being hit by a Giancarlo Stanton Green Monster at the AL Wild Card game in Boston on Tuesday night.
“There are a lot of factors,” Nevin told the Post about why he sent the judge. “I saw a low throw [from center fielder Kiké Hernandez]. It was off-line. I factored in the damp surface, which ended in degradation [of the play], Because it was a quick skip [Xander] Bogarts glove. He made a good baseball game and threw home. ”
As a result the judge was easily dismissed on the plate, Kevin Plwecki applied the second out tag, while Stanton moved on to the second. Stanton got caught when Joey Gallo came out to finish the inning and the Yankees were never close.
“I know what it looks like,” Nevin said of the play. “I know what the situation is. I know what a third-base coach is. I made a play to win the game. It didn’t work. It was a good baseball game on their part.
Bogarts once held Hernandez’s delivery clean, and Nevin said he knew [Bogaerts] Perfectly going home, it’s close. That is what it is. “
Asked if his decision to have a gallo on the deck influenced him, Nevin said “no.”
Gallo finished the season – and spent most of his two months with the Yankees – in a brutal crash.
“There was one out, so you’re a little bit more aggressive with no outs,” Nevin said. “With two outs, it shouldn’t matter. If it’s the second and third and one out and we don’t score, I will kick myself all night.”
Among the people who criticized Nevin’s decision during the ESPN broadcast was Alex Rodriguez, when the ball was struck by Green Monster, the judge should not be sent unless something extraordinary happened, the bizarre bounce after the ball was hit.
“You don’t have to think it over,” Rodriguez said on television, along with several head-scratching comments. “I’m surprised by the amount of that mistake [by Nevin] In this situation. “
Nevin, who said he had a “good relationship” with Rodriguez, said the criticism was unfair.
“The guy was never in that situation, but he had a good idea of what baseball was in that place and he was wrong,” Nevin said. “He was never in that position.”
And Nevin defended what caused the dispatch.
“I didn’t hesitate,” said Nevin, who was among a group of players and coaches, including Aaron Boone, who was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. “I was in the right position, doing the right reading [and] I had confidence in my sending. But I get it. I understand why people are upset and people are crazy.
Making the results more difficult, the loss sent the Yankees to the offseason – with plenty of help from an ugly outing from Gerrit Cole, a lack of offense and a few cracks from the bullpen.
“A lot of things go through your head because we pack our suitcases,” Nevin said.