Tampa, Florida – Josh Donaldson He pointed to his new partner Gerrit Cole Last season on suspicion of using unauthorized ball-holding materials. Now, the two say they are united in leading the New York Yankees to their first world championship since 2009.
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Donaldson suggested in June of last year that Cole, a Yankees player, tried to conceal the use of substances to manipulate the ball.
2015 MLS Player of the Year and Cole met manager Aaron Boone before the first day of work at the Yankees’ spring camp on Monday.
“Ultimately, I think it wouldn’t be a problem,” Boone said. “I think it’s something that was buried and wouldn’t be a problem, not to mention it was a minor thing for us last year.”
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman called Cole before the deal was announced, saying he had to speak to him after what happened last year. Cole described the conversation with Donaldson as “productive”.
“If you’re committed to winning the championship, situations like that don’t matter,” Cole said. “It was just a little listening to both sides and getting to know a new colleague.”
Donaldson said it was a good meeting.
“We had a conversation, because obviously there was some noise because of what happened last year, right?” Donaldson said. “I think both parties want to get to know each other and hear what both sides have to say and ultimately align our goals. Our goal is to win. We are both in the same car now and that is what we are going to do.”
“At the end of the day, we’re here to play baseball,” Donaldson added.
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