The 2019 season cannot end soon enough for the Baltimore Orioles.
Tempers flared yet again in the Orioles dugout in a Wednesday night loss to the Nationals when reliever Richard Bleier got into an expletive-laced altercation with third base coach Jose Flores.
Bleier, who has a 6.30 ERA in 40 innings this season, had allowed three runs on four hits while recording just one out when he was removed from the game in the fifth inning. As the left-hander returned to the dugout, he had said something within earshot of Flores, which prompted the third base coach to start jawing at the reliever in the dugout.
Flores got into Bleier’s face before other players stepped in to separate the two. As Bleier walked away he could be seen shouting profanities back at Flores in the dugout.
Afterwards, Bleier addressed the altercation and cited that he was displeased with some of the defensive shifts behind him while also expressing some regret for how he handled himself.
“I think frustration boiled over,” he said, per MLB.com. “Some balls I thought, maybe defensive positioning … I probably could have done better for myself to keep my mouth shut. Unfortunately, I may have said something, and you guys saw the rest.”
The dugout altercation was the second this season between an Orioles player and a coach.
Earlier this month, Chris Davis lost his cool and had to be separated from going after manager Brandon Hyde after the Orioles skipper had pulled Davis from a game against the Yankees.
It has been a difficult season for the Orioles, who fell to 44-89 with the loss, which is just one game better than the Detroit Tigers (39-91) for the worst record in baseball.
As for the latest spat, Bleier is confident he and Flores will be able to move on.
“We’re all adults,” he said. “It’s not like I’m mad at anybody. Right now, we’re not thrilled with each other maybe, but I’m sure we can move past this and get back to a healthy relationship.”