During his exit from the mound to the dugout, Bleier had something to say to Flóres, who then had something to say back. The two had a heated exchange where it appeared Bleier said some words not allowed to be broadcasted on television. Reliever Shawn Armstrong, who is currently injured, also got in on the action and appeared to have something to say to the coach as well.
The team has been dealing with internal frustrations for some time now, and it was first baseman Chris Davis and manager Brandon Hyde who had an argument in a loss against the New York Yankees. None of this is helped by the fact that the Orioles are 44-89.
Once again, a Baltimore Orioles player and coach got into an argument during a game, marking the in just three weeks this has happened with the team this time coming in an eventual 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. The pitcher headed to the mound in the fifth inning with Baltimore trailing 5-2 and left the mound with the Orioles down by six runs. It all started when Bleier gave up a single to Anthony Rendon and then had Juan Soto hit a grounder right off of second base. The defense was shifted to the right, and the switch backfired, as the ball made it through the infield. It very easily could have ended up as a double play to end the inning if the infield was aligned normally. “I think I just let frustration kind of boil over, 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.”
On Wednesday, pitcher Richard Bleier had to be separated from José David Flóres, the team’s infield coach, over an argument about defense positioning.
Bleier was clearly not thrilled with that decision to shift the defense and he kind of unraveled afterwards. He gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Kurt Suzuki to put the team at a 8-2 disadvantage.