Price accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him during the Rays’ 8-3 win over the White Sox on Sunday. The AL Cy Young Award winner thought Hallion missed a pitch and exchanged words with the plate umpire while heading to the dugout after the seventh inning.
“I’ll come right out bluntly and say he’s a liar,” he told a pool reporter.
“You can’t talk to me that way, period,” Price said. “That was my whole thing. It had nothing to do with the strike zone. You don’t talk to people that way.”
Price also took umbrage with being called a liar.
“I’m not a liar,” he said pointedly. “I’m not a liar, period.”
Hallion also could be disciplined for initiating the incident.
Earlier Tuesday, Price stopped by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, where he was presented with the Wilber “Bullet” Rogan Award as the American League’s top pitcher.
A three-time All-Star, Price went 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA last season. He finished tied with the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver for the most wins in the majors.