Aaron Judge was issued a public reprimand by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after the superstar slugger openly discussed recruiting Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado to the New York Yankees in free agency.
In a statement provided to The New York Daily News, the league office indicated it instructed Yankees management to impress upon Judge the inappropriate nature of his comments.
“We have been in contact with the Yankees,” it reads. “They communicated to us that Mr. Judge’s off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club. They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again.”
MLB’s response comes mere hours after Judge made headlines by telling reporters the details of a chat he had with Machado before Wednesday’s spring training game between the Yankees and Orioles, which the latter won 7-4.
“Before the game, I asked him how his offseason was, how everything was going,” the reigning AL Rookie of the Year told NJ.com’s Randy Miller of his conversation with Machado. “I asked him how he liked [moving from third base to short]… I told him, ‘You’d look pretty good in pinstripes, too.”
How did the Orioles superstar respond?
“He just kind of laughed it off,” Judge said. “He didn’t really say much.”
Machado’s affinity for New York is no secret. Not only were the Yankees his favorite team growing up, but the 25-year-old also idolized Alex Rodriguez, who was a seven-time All-Star wearing pinstripes. Machado is a free agent after this season.