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Chris Davis had to be restrained after heated exchange with manager Brandon Hyde

Chris Davis had to be restrained after heated exchange with manager Brandon Hyde

It’s been a trying few seasons for Orioles (former) slugger Chris Davis, and some of that frustration came to the forefront Wednesday night against the Yankees.

After being lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning against James Paxton, Davis got into an altercation with manager Brandon Hyde. It’s unclear what exactly Hyde said to Davis as he walked past the first baseman, but whatever it was, Davis didn’t appreciate it.

Hyde doesn’t break his stride as he heads down the dugout steps, but Davis immediately becomes incensed. Multiple teammates and coaches are forced to hold back Davis as he yells at Hyde, and eventually, he walks away with Mark Trumbo and sits down, still seething.

After a few breakout seasons, including an Oriole-record 53 home runs in 2013, Davis received a huge contract to stay in Baltimore. The high price tag coincided with a steep decline in production, and Davis has now become one of the worst hitters in baseball. His contract puts a target on his back in the eyes of fans, but he’s always been able to count on total support from the front office and coaching staff.

Hyde has always come across as a player’s manager and has specifically defended Davis countless times this season. It’s curious to see him apparently say something so inflammatory, though it’s possible Davis was just venting and anything Hyde said would have set him off.

It’s important to note we’re smack dab in the middle of the proverbial dog days of August, and Davis has had to sit through a lot of losing baseball in the last year and a half. Getting blown out once again by your biggest rival in the middle of another lost year would be frustrating for anyone, especially someone with as visible struggles as Davis has had this season.

The first baseman is batting .183 with nine home runs this season while striking out 110 times in 246 at-bats.

In reality, these sorts of shouting matches happen in every clubhouse multiple times a year. It's rare to see such a public blow-up, especially between two consummate professionals like Davis and Hyde.

Hopefully for tensions in the clubhouse, this is a one-off, but the Orioles are quickly running out of reasons to keep Davis around long term, regardless of how much money he’s owed. This certainly isn’t a point in his, or anyone’s, favor.


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Service pup named after Orioles legend Brooks Robinson

Service pup named after Orioles legend Brooks Robinson

Baltimore television station WBAL's Puppy with a Purpose from America's Vet Dogs will be named after Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, 18-time All-Star that spent his entire 23-year career with Birdland.

WBAL opened up the pup's naming rights to the public online, and the final choices were between Brooks or Tucker, referring to the most accurate kicker in NFL history, Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker. 

Name ideas also included Domino, after the sugar factory based in Locust Point, and Marshall, specifically for Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore-born and first Black Supreme Court justice.

The Orioles lobbied hard on social media, and enthusiastically brought puppy Brooks to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to meet and play with real-life Brooks in celebration.

Presented without comment, perhaps the cutest thread that's ever existed: 

WBAL will help socialize and train Brooks before he commences a career of helping veterans and first responders. 



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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

The Orioles announced significant changes to their regular-season schedule Thursday, making it more family-friendly during non-summer months. 

According to Joe Trezza, the Orioles will start at 6:35 p.m. ET for games that occur before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Home games during the summer will retain their 7:05 p.m. ET start time.

Major League Baseball saw a record 3:05:35 average run time for games in 2019 despite changes made before 2018 to cut mound visits without pitching changes. 

With the average length of a game longer than ever and the fact that the Orioles have finished last in the AL East in three consecutive seasons, this is seemingly a smart move to get more fans out to Camden Yards. 

John Means finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after a surprising season, so the Orioles days as the butt of most baseball-related jokes could be nearing an end.