A little excitement in tonight’s ball game as the Orioles faced off against the Royals in Baltimore. In the 5th inning of tonight’s game, Yordano Ventura threw at Manny Machado, who responded by charging the mound and landing a few punches before order was restored. Both Machado and Ventura were ejected, and it will be interesting to see what penalties are assessed in a few days once MLB has a good look at the video.
Machado and Ventura exchanged words in the previous at bat after Ventura threw too close to Machado for his liking.
Neither manager were ejected, however warnings were issued. The Orioles cannot afford to lose Machado for any length of time with J.J. Hardy still on the disabled list. Ventua has a history of instigating fights especially when his performance wains, and the Orioles have had prior history with the Royals last year when the Royals hit Chris Davis in the midst of a two grand slam 8th inning. Ventura also has a history of beaning both Davis and Machado in a game last year on September the 12th. The Orioles responded to the fight by hitting back to back home runs by Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis taking the game to 8-1.
I will update as more information and better embedded video becomes available. This is yet another example of MLB failing by allowing the players to police themselves. Certainly not a wise decision by either player, and Machado will have to deal with further scrutiny after his incident a few years ago with Josh Donaldson.
The Orioles and Royals face off again tomorrow.
Post game comments by Buck Showalter:
I’m not happy about it at all. Frankly I thought he was trying to hit him the pitch before. That’s why I talked to him [Machado] before he took his last at bat. I think he shook the breaking ball and threw a fastball.
But It’s not the first time. Obviously it’s something that must be okay, because he [Ventura] continues to do it, it must be condoned.
When asked if he was disappointed in Manny’s reaction.
When asked about what he said to Manny before the at bat if he was trying to preempt anything.
No. I wanted him to be aware, so he wouldn’t be ambushed up there. I felt like the other guy had something else on his mind. Wanted him to be aware of it.
When asked if he was concerned about retaliation tomorrow.
Bring it on. Whatever. Bring it on. We’ll handle it. You try not to let one person’s actions speak for a lot of people, but this has been going on for a while with him.