New York Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin received a lot of criticism on Tuesday night for waving home Aaron Judge in the top of the sixth inning. It turned out to be a costly decision for the Bronx Bombers, as Judge was thrown out at the plate.
Just a day after the Yankees were eliminated from the postseason, Nevin opened up about his decision to send Judge home. He believes the Boston Red Sox just made a great play all around.
“There were a lot of factors,’’ Nevin said, via the New York Post. “I did see the low throw [from center fielder Kiké Hernandez]. It was off line, as well. I factored in the wet surface, which ended up being the demise [of the play], because it was a quick skip into [Xander] Bogaerts’ glove. He made a great baseball play and throw home.”
During ESPN's broadcast of the American League Wild Card Game, former Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez criticized Nevin's decision.
“You don’t have to overthink that one,’’ Rodriguez said. “I’m surprised of the magnitude of that mistake [by Nevin] in this situation.”
Nevin decided to respond to Rodriguez's comments during his one-on-one interview with the New York Post.
"The guy has never been in that situation, but thinks he has a good idea of what baseball is in that spot and he’s wrong,” Nevin replied. “He’s never been in that position.”
Nevin added that he has a "good relationship" with Rodriguez, but the idea that he hesitated or made a mistake because he was thinking too much about that situation is false.
It's going to be a long offseason for Nevin and the Yankees, especially since they were bounced out of the playoffs by the Red Sox.