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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