Yankees voice Michael Kay's cohosts grill him over Blue Jays cheating allegations

2009 New York Yankees World Series Victory Parade
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During Wednesday's broadcast of the Yankees' finale against the Blue Jays in Toronto, play-by-play man Michael Kay remarked on the "curious" turnaround exhibited by the Jays' bats series-over-series. In New York, he noted, they didn't look very disciplined. Suddenly, in Toronto, where the Rogers Centre had recently been renovated, they were able to foul off 27 Carlos Rodón pitches and battle with regularity.

Kay was just asking questions, of course, but that's typically code for, "I'm not going to say it, but you should." It certainly sounded like he was hinting at a scheme being afoot, especially given he noted it was "curious."

When pressed to follow up on his remarks by ESPN radio cohosts Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg, Kay was mum, stating, "I never said they were cheating." He claimed he could've been hinting that the Jays had merely "gone to school" on the Yankees over the intervening 10 days, infuriating his cohosts by responding to the idea that he really meant something else with, "You know what? I leave it up for you to decide."

"I think all teams push the envelope between legal and illegal! I do!" Kay responded, slightly flustered.

Yankees announcer Michael Kay leaves Blue Jays cheating allegations up to interpretation

Odds are that Kay was being cheeky more than anything, especially since he had to deal with three days of Aaron Judge side-eye-palooza last May in Toronto, which culminated in the Jays' announcers asking Kevin Gausman politely to bean the Yankees' captain.

Rosenberg and La Greca attempted to hold Kay's feet to the fire a bit, especially as more and more members of the media circus picked up on his pointed remark. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the voice of the Yankees wasn't biting, instead preferring to just keep his feet within range of that fire.

Perhaps he should've kept the pressure on Toronto and asked why the Blue Jays decided to stop cheating with runners in scoring position; they finished the three-game set 4-for-31 in those scenarios. Was the person behind the cheating scheme pressing? Worth a follow-up, if La Greca or Rosenberg want to lead the charge.