The frustration boiled over for Orioles first baseman Chris Davis when he had to be restrained by teammates and coaches after a confrontation with manager Brandon Hyde during a 14-2 loss to the New York Yankees Aug. 7.
After the top of the fifth inning, Hyde said a few words to Davis as he walked down the dugout tunnel. Davis then angrily charged after Hyde before hitting coach Don Long stepped in from of him. Davis then tried to get past Long when Mark Trumbo, who is with the team during his rehab, was able to get behind Davis and further restrain him. Jonathan Villar stood between Long and Hyde as an extra buffer.
Trumbo patted Davis on the back and was able to him to sit down on the dugout bench where he began to cool down. Jace Peterson pinch-hit for Davis in the bottom half of the inning.
After the game, Hyde declined to get into details and Davis was not available to comment.
"It was just a disagreement that we had in the dugout," Hyde said in his postgame media session. "What was said and what we talked about, I'm not going to get into. We're going to keep it in house, and it's private. It's something that happens sometimes and frustration boils over a little bit when we're not playing our best baseball the last couple of games. Unfortunately, I'm embarrassed it was caught on camera and people had to see it, but sometimes those things happen."
Davis struck out in his only at-bat Aug. 7 and is hitting .183/.270/.321 in another dismal season. The Orioles were swept in the three-game series against the Yankees at Camden Yards, where they were outscored, 32-12.
The Yankees finished the season 10-0 at Camden Yards. They've hit a record-breaking 52 homers against Baltimore this season.
Leading up to the incident, Davis did not aggressively chase down a fly ball in foul territory. Hyde has little patience for lack of hustle from any player. Villar was charged with error when Davis could not cleanly scoop a throw from the second baseman in the fifth.
Trumbo said all of the Orioles' players were disappointed with their performance in the blowout loss.
"I think this game was particularly tough and almost nothing went our way so I think everybody was pretty frustrated and those things tend to happen," Trumbo said about the incident. "Hopefully they don't happen in front of everybody. In this case it kind of did."
The Orioles did not immediately say whether Davis would face a suspension or fine.
Hyde was ready to forget about the incident after the game.
"We were saying words back and forth to each other and it got a little bit heated," Hyde said. "That's kind of the extent of it. It is what it is. I don't think it's common. It happens on occasion. And unfortunately it was caught on camera. It was just a frustration issue and we'll move past it and hopefully be closer for it."
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