Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles finally showed some fight on Wednesday night; unfortunately it happened in the dugout and not on the field.
Davis, the Orioles’ struggling $161 million first baseman, got into an altercation with manager Brandon Hyde and had to be restrained from going after his manager in the fifth inning of a 14-2 loss to the New York Yankees.
Davis, who is hitting .183 with a .591 OPS and set an MLB-record 0-for-54 hitless streak in April, was taken out of the game in the fifth inning for pinch-hitter Jace Peterson after the Orioles first baseman had struck out his first two at-bats, bringing his season total to 111 strikeouts.
It appeared the altercation started after Hyde said something to Davis in between innings.
“It was just a disagreement in the dugout,” Hyde said, per The Associated Press. “What was said, what we talked about, I’m not going to get into. Frustration boils over a little bit when we’re not playing our best baseball the last couple games. Unfortunately, I’m embarrassed that it was caught on camera and people had to see it, but sometimes those things happen.”
The Orioles were swept by the Yankees and now stand at 38-76 — the second-worst record in baseball this year.
Davis did not speak to the media after the game, but Mark Trumbo, who restrained Davis in the dugout, addressed the incident.
“There was a little bit of a disagreement,” he said, echoing his manager. “I think this game was particularly tough and almost nothing went our way so I think everybody was pretty frustrated.”