So, you ask, what about the bats?
Joe Torre thought that Akinori Iwamura was using an illegal bat because the top looks flat, not rounded as the rules state. So he asked the umpires about it in the second inning.
“It just looked like the bat was sawed off,” Torre said. “I just asked the umpire to check the bat. I was just curious; I had never seen that before. Theyâ€™re going to investigate it and if thatâ€™s the way it comes from the manufacturer, then fine. We looked at the rule and it said it had to smooth. To us, it seemed to be pointed.”
According to the Devil Rays, Iwamura uses a Nike bat from Japan that has been cleared by MLB. This came up in June when the Rays played Arizona.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon got back at the Yankees an inning later and asked that Alex Rodriguez’s bat be checked.
“It was just retaliation,” he admitted. “There’s nothing wrong with Alex Rodriguez. He’s a great player. It was tit for tat entirely.”
But under MLB rules, a manager has one such challenge per game.
“I said it’s an illegal bat. I said, ‘I can’t see inside it but there might be something inside that bat. I don’t have X-Ray vision. He had 45 home runs and it’s Sept. 1.’ That was my argument,” Maddon said.
Said A-Rod: â€œI like that bat, I hope I get it back.”
Both bats were taken to the MLB offices, where they will be examined.