McCutchen thought Wieters could have eased up
Young and talented Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen wasn’t happy with Orioles catcher Matt Wieters after a play at the plate in the fifth inning.
McCutchen attempted to score from second on a single to right, and Nick Markakis unleashed a throw was a bit up the third base line.
Wieters, 6 feet 5, 225 pounds, grabbed the ball and completely blocked the plate. McCutchen, 5-10, 188 pounds, slid into Wieters, causing a brief collision.
Afterward, McCutchen told the Pittsburgh media that he didn’t think Wieters had to make as much contact with him.
“I tried to avoid the tag. I don’t know what he was thinking,” McCutchen said. “It’s spring training. We’re not trying to get hurt. I wasn’t expecting that much contact. I’m OK, though.”
Wieters, as is usually the case with starters during spring training, left the game early and was out of the clubhouse by the time reporters entered. Orioles manager Buck Showalter avoided the specific complaint, but heralded his young catcher.
“I think Matty is one of the best taggers at the plate I have ever had,” Showalter said. “All the years I have been managing, he might be as good as there is tagging at home plate.”
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