Victor Martinez said after Tuesday night's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 14 innings that he had no respect for the team's players and coaches.
Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.
"Yeah, everyone knows that," Martinez said when asked if he thought Cole's pitch was intentional. "I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff. If they think that Verlander hit Marte with a 1-2 count — he was battling that at-bat — if they really think we did it on purpose, they're playing the wrong sport."
The Pirates lead the National League with 44 hit-by-pitches.
"It's just about owning the inner half of the plate," Cole said, about the process of policing the game. "It's just about pitching aggressively."