Crew chief addresses disputed tag on Jeter
Hirschbeck elaborates on call that led to Girardi's ejection
Umpire crew chief John Hirschbeck addressed a disputed call Tuesday night, a day after a close play at third base left the New York Yankees steamed, The Associated Press reported.
In the first inning of Monday's game between New York and Toronto at Yankee Stadium, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was called out trying to steal third by ump Marty Foster. The throw beat Jeter, but the shortstop claimed he reached the bag before he was tagged by Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen.
"I was told by the umpire that I didn't have to be tagged to be out," Jeter said after the Blue Jays' 6-5 victory.
Hirschbeck spoke to Foster on Tuesday and said Foster told Jeter at the time, "The ball beat you, and I had him tagging you."
"I don't see a problem with that," Hirschbeck told The AP. "Sometimes when tempers flare, you don't hear everything that's said."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi joined Jeter in argument after the play and was eventually ejected. However, Hirschbeck said Girardi was tossed for complaining about a call from Sunday, the report said.
Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Jim McKean visited with the umpire crew before Monday's game at Yankee Stadium and Tuesday night's game at Citi Field between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hirschbeck did not let Foster speak with reporters after the games Monday or Tuesday, according to The AP.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.