Joe Girardi protesting ESPN dugout camera

Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America

Source: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America

On Wednesday night New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from his start against the Boston Red Sox for having a substance on his neck.

Afterwards Yankees manager Joe Girardi, trainer Steve Donohue and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were seen having a private discussion in the tunnel. The ESPN dugout camera decided to turn around and see what the trio was talking about to which Girardi took exception swatting it away.

Girardi and the Yankees are now protesting the use of the camera to MLB and ESPN.

“What frustrated me is that the camera is meant for the dugout and Michael was already out of the game so I don’t want it down in our tunnel,’’ Girardi said, via the New York Post. “It’s a private area and it has been clearly stated that it is for the dugout, not for the tunnel and conversations that happen between players and coaches.”

“I think MLB is going to have a problem with ESPN going into the tunnel,” Girardi said. “I didn’t break the camera. I just kept it from going into the tunnel. You guys are acting like I ripped it apart. The camera worked the rest of the game, didn’t it? All I did was turn it so it was on the field or in the dugout. If I get fined for that I will have a problem with that because I didn’t do anything to hurt the camera.”

Girardi has support from Yankees manager Brian Cashman who said “That camera’s purpose is for the field and the dugout, not shooting up into the tunnel for private situations.”

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