HOUSTON -- All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman on Friday took an opportunity to clarify the comments he made following the Astros' loss to the Rockies on Wednesday night at Coors Field, saying he never intended them to be critical of the umpires."I put so much into the game every single
HOUSTON -- All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman on Friday took an opportunity to clarify the comments he made following the Astros' loss to the Rockies on Wednesday night at Coors Field, saying he never intended them to be critical of the umpires.
"I put so much into the game every single day that I want to win the game, and I think after the game, I was definitely very emotional and my comments were not directed towards the umpires," Bregman told MLB.com. "I was more mad at the rule."
Bregman expressed frustration on Wednesday after being called out for fan interference following a replay review that showed a fan reached out with a glove and touched a fly ball as Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra jumped at the wall, taking away a triple. Bregman later was rung up on a check swing and showed more frustration on the field.
After the game, Bregman said he disagreed with the fan interference rule while mixing in some profanities. Later in the interview, he said the umpires do a good job -- a point he reiterated before Friday night's game against the Rangers.
"I think the umpires interpreted the rule how they had to," he said. "The rule states that if a fan reaches over and interferes with a ball in play, then the batter is going to be deemed out. They interpreted the rule correctly and in no way did I mean to direct that towards them. I was more mad at the rule, due to the fact now if we play in Yankee Stadium at the end of the year and we hit any ball to right field, a fan could have a glove and reach over and it's deemed an automatic out.
"Personally, I think the rule needs to be looked at, but in no way, shape or form did I mean to bash the umpires because I know how hard their job is. I know everything that happens in a split second and they have to interpret the rules to the best of their ability and they do a great job of that."
Bregman has earned a reputation as a hard-nosed player in his two years in the big leagues who seldom, if ever, has publicly had issues with an umpire on the field.
"My dad, since I was growing up, has always taught me that I need to keep my mouth shut and just play baseball," he said. "One of the comments I made, obviously, I shouldn't have said about [the umpires] not playing baseball before. But my anger was directed towards the rule and it was never directed towards any of the umpires, and I didn't mean to offend any of them."
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.