Tensions were high in the Orioles dugout on Wednesday night.
During the fifth inning of Baltimore’s 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, Orioles reliever Richard Bleier and third base coach Jose David Flores got in a heated argument about what was said to be the positioning of the defense.
The incident, which was shown live on the local broadcast shows Bleier and Flores shouting back and forth with one another.
It even got to the point that Bleier had to be separated from Flores.
Prior to the incident, Bleier had allowed three runs on four hits while recording one out, putting the team at an 8-2 disadvantage. Tempers immediately began to rise as Bleier exited the field.
"I think I just let frustration kind of boil over," Bleier said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "Some stuff about some balls that I thought maybe ... defensive positioning, I guess. I probably could have done better for myself to keep my mouth shut, and unfortunately, I may have said something. You guys saw the rest."
This is becoming a quite regular sight for the Orioles.
The is the second time that an Orioles player and coach have gone at it in just three weeks. During the Orioles' August 7 loss to the New York Yankees, first baseman Chris Davis had a confrontation with manager Brandon Hyde in the dugout. Davis had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches.
"Right now, we're not thrilled with each other maybe," Bleier said on Wednesday night. "But I'm sure we can move past this and get back to a healthy relationship."
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Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, was among six players the Orioles added to their 60-man player pool for the 2020 season, manager Brandon Hyde announced Friday.
Keegan Akin, Michael Baumann, Isaac Mattson, Cedric Mullins, Taylor Davis and Rutschman joined the team’s main camp in Baltimore on Friday and will be relegated to the Orioles’ alternative site once it opens. DL Hall, one of the team’s top pitching prospects, is expected to join the secondary group as well.
Rutschman, 22, was named a consensus top-five overall prospect in the minor leagues by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus last winter before spring training began. It was the first time a No. 1 overall pick was already a unanimous top-five prospect in his first year of eligibility since Bryce Harper in 2011.
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Though he only played 37 games across three levels of the minor leagues last season, Rutschman finished the year at Single-A Delmarva with a .254 batting average and .774 OPS across 154 plate appearances. He was invited to the major-league club’s spring training camp, during which he went 1-for-9 with a walk but provided plenty of fireworks during batting practice.
Following Friday’s moves, the Orioles’ player poll now sits at 53 players.
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The Orioles announced lefty pitcher John Means will start on the mound on Opening Day.
Orioles second-year manager Brandon Hyde made the announcement Friday.
Means is entering his third year in MLB after a breakout year in 2019. After pitching only three innings his rookie season, Means recorded 155.0 last year. In his sophomore season, Means started 27 of his 31 games played, finished with a 12-11 record and a 3.60 ERA.
Last July, he was the Orioles lone representative in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
The Orioles will face the Boston Red Sox on the road on July 24 to open their season. The game will mark the first of a three-game series and five-game road trip before the O's return to Baltimore for their home opener against the Miami Marlins on July 29.
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