Three New York Yankees were ejected during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, and one player who was somewhat involved believes the home plate umpire was looking for a reason to toss some players.
Cameron Maybin was the batter who struck out looking on a questionable call, resulting in the series of events that got manager Aaron Boone and teammates Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia ejected. After the game, Maybin had his say, accusing plate umpire Ben May of “egging it on” and staring into the dugout. Maybin also decried the lack of accountability, noting that May would not have to answer for his actions to the media like players do.
Maybin on HP ump Ben May: "He was egging it on the whole time. I asked him a question. I asked him how can he make that call, he was very sure of himself that that pitch was right there. It wasn’t. After that it should have been over. He continued to stare into the dugout."
Umpire accountability has become a frequent talking point for players, who are frustrated with the double standard. Plenty of players probably feel the same way that Maybin does about events like this.
Cameron Maybin had a stroke of rather unfortunate luck during Friday’s game against the Houston Astros.
The New York Yankees outfielder strained his calf in the third inning as he rounded third base following teammate Gary Sanchez’s home run, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Maybin, who had singled and was on first immediately before the homer, said afterwards that he felt a “pop” in the calf.
Cameron Maybin felt a "pop" in his left calf running around third base on Gary Sánchez's home run, per Boone. Described as a strain.
The 31-year-old is batting .251 this season — almost in line with his career .255 average. He provides versatility and flexibility in the outfield as he can play all three spots. He could be in the mix to split time with Guillermo Heredia in center for Seattle.
The Mariners had to make some changes by moving Dee Gordon back to second base from center field following Robinson Cano’s suspension, and this gives them another option. It’s the second year in a row that Maybin has been traded to an AL West team midseason.
The New York Yankees are exploring possible avenues to add an outfielder with both Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier on the disabled list, and Cameron Maybin could be a name to watch as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have reached out to the Miami Marlins about Maybin.
Source: The Yankees have talked to the Marlins about Cameron Maybin. Yankees are expected to add an outfielder today with Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier on DL.
Maybin is batting just .251 this year after he hit .228 with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels a year ago. The 31-year-old wouldn’t give the Yankees much at the plate, but they’re only looking for a temporary fill-in with Judge expected to miss about a month due to a wrist injury.
Cameron Maybin may have a new awesome nickname thanks to his play in Game 2 of the World Series.
The Houston Astros outfielder entered Game 2 as a defensive replacement in the 10th inning. In the 11th, Maybin led off the inning with a single. He then stole second and scored on George Springer’s home run.
The important item here is that Maybin’s stolen base was the first of the game and activated a Taco Bell promotion.
Taco Bell has a sponsorship deal running during the World Series where they award free tacos after the first base is stolen during the World Series. This year, Maybin got the first stolen base, ingratiating himself with all of America. He’s now America’s “TacoHero.”
George Springer belting a 2-run home run to break a 5-5 tie in the top of the 11th inning of Game 2 on Wednesday night was already enough. Asking him to also get his celebratory handshake down was just too much.
Cameron Maybin led off the 11th with a single up the middle off Brandon McCarthy. Springer then followed with a home run to give Houston the lead.
When the two got into the dugout, they didn’t exactly have their handshake working:
In all fairness, Maybin was only acquired by the Astros in August, so he hasn’t had too many opportunities to get his celebrations down with his teammates. And when you get clutch hits like he and Springer did, nothing else really matters.
Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin walked despite only having three balls called on him during a 5th inning at-bat Saturday night, and he ended up scoring the game’s only run. True story.
Here’s how Maybin’s at-bat against pitcher Doug Fister went:
– First pitch: Called strike, 0-1
– Second pitch: Swinging strike, 0-2
– Third pitch: Foul ball, 0-2
– Fourth pitch: Ball, 1-2
– Fifth pitch: Foul ball, 1-2
– Sixth pitch: Ball, 2-2 (scoreboard jumps to 3-2 here)
– Seventh pitch: Ball, 3-2 (Maybin jogs to first base and nobody says anything)
Maybin says he got lost because of the foul balls, and he just followed the scoreboard after it said the count was full. Padres manager Bud Black seemed to have noticed but said “I wasn’t about to argue.”
Cameron Maybin has never been a guy that plays by the rules — just check out his wacky at-bat music if you don’t believe us. The young outfielder was traded to San Diego from Florida this off-season, and he may have already gotten himself into a little hot water by criticizing ownership indirectly. Padres fan site Gaslamp Ballpicked up on a tweet by Maybin Tuesday where he complained about the food at Panda Express:
The one word blacked out was minor profanity, but you could imagine what it says. Ordinarily you might not think anything of the tweet, but some astute Gaslamp Ball readers made the connection that one of the team’s minority owners — Tom Davin — was also the CEO of Panda Express from 2004-2009. It’s not the worst thing that could happen, but I’m sure it may result in a phone call from Mr. Davin. And if Chris Denorfia is starting in center on opening day, we all know why.
UPDATE: Maybin has now tried to make nice, tweeting “Man just got back on the wagon panda express was great today, now I’m ready for action…. Best oriental cuisine around… Let’s go…!”
The Florida Marlins opened up the season taking two of three from the Mets in Flushing. It wasn’t until Friday night that they debuted in front of their home crowd in Miami against the Dodgers. Florida took two of three in that series as well, taking advantage of some Dodgers bullpen mismanagement. That’s not the concern here however. What is of concern is a little matter of at-bat music — the song that plays throughout the stadium as a player approaches the batters box to hit. As my co-worker Marcas Grant pointed out to me, the Dodgers announcers were having a ball joking about Cameron Maybin’s at-bat song which happens to be Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.”The Palm Beach Post actually had an inkling that the song would turn some heads before the season began.
Pitcher Chris Volstad told them, “[The song] goes against that grain a little bit but I think more people will like it than won’t like it. It’s one of those popular catchy songs people like. It’s hardly the motivating-type song but maybe it puts him a good mood.’’
Either Maybin’s going to have to change up his song or wear some headphones at all times because he screwed up pretty badly on Sunday. Not only did Maybin misplay a ball in center field leading to the Dodgers first two runs but he also got picked off first base by pitcher Charlie Haeger. If he keeps playing that way there won’t be much more Miley Cyrus around Sun Life Stadium and that would just be a shame for everyone. Just for kicks because we kind of have to at this point, here’s the hit song:
Florida Marlins walk-up hit: Cameron Maybin ready to “Party in the USA” [The Palm Beach Post]