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No disciplinary action for Chris Sale after throwing behind Manny Machado

No disciplinary action for Chris Sale after throwing behind Manny Machado

After a contentious week in Boston, MLB has decided that one of the main storylines of the week, the targeting of Manny Machado, has a conclusion.

That is a wholly unsatisfying conclusion for Orioles fans who have seen their star targeted by opposing pitches. Sale supposedly "lost his grip" on the pitch that went behind Machado's knees.

MLB sets a dangerous precedent here as it looked clear Sale's pitch was retaliation against Machado.

In any event, both teams moved on and the Orioles are hosting the White Sox, Sale's former team, this weekend. 

Stay tuned for more updates from the weekend at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Rob Manfred is optimistic about future of the Orioles

Rob Manfred is optimistic about future of the Orioles

Amidst a myriad of questions about the Houston Astros and their cheating scandal, Rob Manfred also answered a question about the future of the Orioles on, and off, the field. 

The Orioles have won just 101 combined games over the last two seasons and aren’t expected to compete in 2020 either. But with new executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias in the second year of a rebuild, optimism is slowly growing in Baltimore. 

That includes, as it turns out, from the commissioner of baseball.

“I have spent a considerable amount of time with the Angelos family during this offseason," Manfred said. “I think the family is committed to making baseball as good as it can possibly be in Baltimore. I think they’re excited about (executive vice president/general manager) Mike Elias and his team and their ability to make the franchise as competitive as possible, so I’m not quite as pessimistic as far as attendance in Baltimore. I think there is a good future for baseball in Baltimore."

Last season, the Orioles averaged 16,347 fans per home game, 28th out of 30 teams, ahead of only Tampa Bay and Miami. As a whole, the Orioles had 1,307,807 fans come to Camden Yards in 2019. 

In 2018, the numbers weren’t much better. The Orioles drew an average of 20,053 fans per home game — 26th in the MLB — and a total of 1,564,192 fans. 

Manfred also addressed the MASN situation, an issue he hopes both the Orioles and Nationals will be able to resolve eventually. 

“There’s a sum of money that is due and owing," he said. "There’s some legal issues surrounding those payments that need to be resolved and I’m hopeful that once those back payments get made, we’ll get into a regular process for setting rights fees for both clubs and moving forward in a more business-like way.”

For now, things in Baltimore look bleak. But there’s growing hope that greener pastures are right around the corner.

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Former Oriole Nick Markakis has rough words for Astros after cheating scandal

Former Oriole Nick Markakis has rough words for Astros after cheating scandal

Since the start of spring training, players all over Major League Baseball have given their thoughts on the Astros' cheating scandal and how commissioner Rob Manfred handled the situation. The consensus has been predominantly negative. 

Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis joined in Tuesday morning with some very strongly-worded comments regarding the commissioner's ruling and his feelings toward current Astros players. 

"I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating," Markakis said in a video posted by 680 The Fan. "It's wrong, they're messing with people's careers."

Markakis didn't specify what a "beating" would include, though multiple pitchers, including the Dodgers' Ross Stripling, have said publicly that they would consider throwing at Astros hitters during the season. 

"I know how hard this game is, I know how hard preparing for this game is," Markakis said. "To see something like that, it's damaging to baseball."

After the investigation concluded, the Astros were fined $5 million and were stripped of their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft. General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were both suspended from baseball for a year and subsequentially fired for their involvement in the scheme. No Astros player was punished. 

"I think [Astros players] got off pretty easy," he said. "They're going to be able to go out there and compete with no ramifications at all, which is wrong. I think the commissioner handled it the wrong way, but that's the way he did it and that's the way we got to live with it. But I know a lot of people disagree with him and the way he handled the situation, he should be embarrassed of himself."

Houston's new manager, Dusty Baker was informed of Markakis' comments later that day and didn't appear too concerned with what the outfielder had to say. 

However, Baker has taken the threat of pitchers throwing at his players seriously. Last week he told the Houston Chronicle he hopes "the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt."

The Astros will begin their spring training slate of games with a World Series rematch with the Nationals on Saturday. 

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