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History Lesson: Yordano Ventura's strict application of petty 'Unwritten Rules of Baseball'

History Lesson: Yordano Ventura's strict application of petty 'Unwritten Rules of Baseball'

Royals' pitcher Yordano Ventura engaged in a wild brawl with Orioles' third baseman Manny Machado in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ventura took umbrage with Machado's "theatrics" in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Orioles' win on Monday night, when Machado hit a towering home run to left field and took his time to watch the ball leave the field.

On Tuesday night, after the two had already exchanged words during a previous at-bat, Ventura plunked Machado, igniting a brawl.

This is not Ventura's first starring role in a brawl, nor is it the first time he's taken issue with a batter's celebration.

On April 13 of 2015, Ventura got into it with Angels' superstar Mike Trout after he buzzed the A.L. MVP with a high fastball.

Trout laced a line drive single on the next pitch, and when he scored later in the inning, he began exchanging words with Ventura, who was upset that Trout talked back.

Less than a week later on April 18, Ventura was ejected and suspended for a game for intentionally throwing at Oakland Athletics' Brett Lowrie a day after Lowrie was involved in a controversial slide that left Royals' shortstop Alcides Escobar with a sprained knee.

A week later, on April 23, following the one-game suspension, Ventura stoked the flames of an already hot feud between the Royals and White Sox.

After Adam Eaton hit a slow dribbler back to the mound, Ventura issued several choice words to him as he made his way to first base.

The benches emptied and when the dust had settled, Ventura was issued a seven-game suspension.

To be fair, Machado does have a temper as well. His ejection on Tuesday night was the fourth of his career.

In June of 2014, Machado was suspended for five games after he intentionally let his bat slide of his hands following a swing. Machado was upset that Athletics' pitcher Fernando Abad had thrown a wild pitch near Machado's surgically repaired ankle, and let the bat fly following the next pitch.

While both players have a history, the blame for this incident is squarely placed on Ventura, who continues to adhere to the archaic and unnecessary "unwritten rules of baseball."

Neither should be celebrated for what took place.

While some would argue that it's not polite to celebrate a home run, it could also be said that celebration is a part of sports and the easiest way to stop it form happening is to not give up a home run. 

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Three things to look for during the Orioles first spring training game Saturday

Three things to look for during the Orioles first spring training game Saturday

Baseball isn’t quite in full swing yet. But it’s close enough. 

The Orioles will open up their spring slate of games on Saturday against the Braves in North Port, Fla. It’s both the first game of spring training for both teams. 

The game can be listened to on Orioles.com or on the MLB At-Bat app. 

So here are three things to pay attention to during the first game of the spring: 

1. The starting pitching

The pitching was, to be frank, atrocious last season for the Orioles. 2020 doesn’t figure to showcase a large jump, either. 

Baltimore will start Chandler Shepherd against the Braves, a pitcher who started three games last season in Baltimore. He allowed 23 hits and 14 earned runs in 19 innings pitched and posted a 6.63 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Ty Blach will pitch in relief of Shepherd. Blach pitched in five games last season for the Orioles and threw 20 ⅓ innings with an ERA 11.32. 

While neither will likely make the Opening Day roster, it’ll give an interesting look at what could be in store for the rest of spring training in Sarasota. 

2. How much the prospects play

For most major league clubs, there’s not much to get excited about for the first few games of spring training. The Orioles, though, are in a bit of a unique circumstance. 

In the second year of a rebuild, the Orioles are placing their future in the hands of younger prospects, meaning there’s always a chance for a few players to stand out in the first weeks of camp. 

While the lineups aren’t known yet, both for Saturday’s game and for the immediate future, getting a glimpse at some of the younger prospects like Adley Rutschman, Grayson Rodriguez, Gunnar Henderson, and DL Hall is what fans have been clamoring for. 

3. The return of baseball

It’s not the return of baseball in the truest sense of the phrase.  

The Orioles aren’t going to play their top of the line prospects, or their major league club. But the first game of the spring means that baseball, officially, is back for Baltimore. 

Even though the 2020 season almost assuredly won’t be one that resembles any kind of contention, the Orioles hitting the field once again is always an exciting time.

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Orioles vs. Red Sox spring home opener: Time, TV Channel, How to Watch

Orioles vs. Red Sox spring home opener: Time, TV Channel, How to Watch

For the Baltimore Orioles, the focus isn't on the players who have already reached the major leagues, but rather on the players who are still working to get there.

Spring training presents a unique opportunity for fans to catch a glimpse of what the future will look like. They'll get their first look Sunday when the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox for their Grapefruit League home opener on Sunday.

Baltimore will kick off their spring training schedule against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, but that game won't be televised in the DMV. So fans will have to wait until Sunday before the O's grace their television sets.

Here's everything you need to know before first pitch Sunday afternoon.

Orioles vs. Red Sox Spring Training Home Opener: How to Watch

Who: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
What: Grapefruit League home opener
When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. ET
Where: Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, FL
TV Channel: You can watch Orioles vs. Red Sox on MASN

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