Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night that he is not concerned about Noah Syndergaard's high and tight pitch to the Royals' Alcides Escobar to begin Game 3, or about the Mets pitcher's comments afterward that he was sending a message.
"It doesn't [concern me]," Manfred said after a news conference at Citi Field to announce the winners of the Hank Aaron Award for each league's top offensive player, the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson and the Nationals' Bryce Harper. "I think that his comments indicated that he was throwing a pitch for a competitive purpose, not with the intention to hit anyone. Good, hard baseball. It really does not concern me."
Asked if Syndergaard faces any discipline, Manfred said he does not.
Aaron said that in his day, you would "kind of respect pitchers" who threw inside to keep batters honest, or to send a message.
He recalled facing former Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams and being hit in the head with a 3-and-0 pitch when he was taking all the way and "had the bat on my shoulder."
Williams then tried to pick Aaron off first base and hit him in the kneecap. Aaron recalled Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges saying to him, "Why don't you go over there and pinch his damn head off?"