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Yankees' Aaron Boone Upset About ESPN Moving Game To Sunday Night On Day Before Doubleheader

June 04, 2018 - 9:46 am
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By WFAN.com

The Yankees are reportedly preparing to refuse interviews to ESPN if they are forced to play a Sunday night game in Toronto the day before a doubleheader in Baltimore.

According to the Daily News' Bill Madden, the Yankees are considering an "all-out war" with the Worldwide Leader.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone voiced his frustration over the scheduling Sunday. He learned Friday about ESPN's plans to move the Yankees' July 8 game at the Blue Jays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The switch came after the Yankees and Orioles agreed to a July 9 doubleheader so they could make up Thursday's rainout. (ESPN has said the July 8 game has always been scheduled to be played at night, but it did not appear that way on the teams' schedules.)

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine have implored MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to direct ESPN to choose a different game for July 8, the Daily News reported. ESPN reportedly wants the Yankees on that night because it believes the team will help boost ratings for the All-Star team annoucements that precede the game.

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If the Yankees are forced to play that night, they would depart Toronto after midnight, arrive in Baltimore around 4 or 5 a.m. and get just a few hours of sleep before playing games at 4:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

Boone, who worked for ESPN for eight years before joining the Yankees in December, said he's mostly concerned about player safety.

“Hopefully it’s still happening behind the scenes and there’s pressure being applied because that’s just not good for the product on the field, for the safety of our guys to be having to go night game then fly into a doubleheader,” he said. “That’s ridiculous, and anyone that would argue with that is not being truthful.”

Meanwhile, the Yankees and Orioles were rained out again Sunday. That game will be made up as part of another doubleheader on Aug. 25.