MLB Investigating ESPN For Misusing Yankees Dugout Camera After Pineda's Pine-Tar Ejection
The Yankees said that MLB is "investigating ESPN for using a remote dugout camera" last night to "focus on the tunnel that leads from the Yankees’ dugout to the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park," according to George King of the N.Y. POST. When Yankees P Michael Pineda was "ejected for having pine tar on his neck in the second inning he went down the dugout steps into the tunnel where the camera picked him up talking to trainer Steve Donohue and pitching coach Larry Rothschild." Yankees manager Joe Girardi, "noticing the camera was shooting into the tunnel," put his hand over the camera to "block the shot." Girardi: "What frustrated me is that the camera is meant for the dugout and Michael was already out of the game so I don’t want it down in our tunnel." Girardi said that "the beef should be with the network and not him" when asked if he believed MLB would have a problem with him putting his hands on a camera. Girardi: "I think MLB is going to have a problem with ESPN. I didn’t break the camera. All I did was keep it from going into our tunnel" (N.Y. POST, 4/24). Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that the team "contacted MLB during the game to discuss what they felt was ESPN misusing that camera." He said, "The camera wasn’t being used properly. ... That camera placement there is not for shooting into the tunnel. . . . No manager wants a camera in those places so they can get exclusivity to things. That camera’s purpose is for the field and the dugout, not for shooting up into the tunnel at private situations" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/24).
BLAME GAME: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes ESPN "actually decided it was a fabulous idea to drill down on Pineda’s pine-tar past -- quickly." The net during the first inning "aired a segment on Pineda’s problems gripping the ball." Then the cameras "started focusing on his hands." ESPN "made the pine-tar thing an issue." It was not until Red Sox manager John Farrell "came out to make an issue of the pine tar" that YES Network's Michael Kay, David Cone and Al Leiter were "forced to get into it." However, YES also "spent far too much time making Pineda the total fall guy." Raissman: "For the amount of time YES focused on Girardi in the dugout, why was his role in this embarrassing mess not explored?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/24).