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Chris Davis needs to be held back from going after manager Brandon Hyde


Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had to be restrained from going after his manager, Brandon Hyde, during the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees. The MASN broadcast showed hitting coach Don Long, infielder Jonathan Villar, and injured DH Mark Trumbo restraining an irate Davis in the dugout as Hyde retreated into the tunnel after apparently having said something to Davis.

It is unknown exactly why Davis was upset. This is speculation, but it may have been a perceived lack of effort attempting to pick a short-hopped throw to first base by Villar. The play allowed Aaron Judge to reach base safely leading off the top of the fifth inning.

After the incident, Davis was taken out of the game, pinch-hit for by Jace Peterson. Davis finished the night 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Davis, 33, is mired in another terrible season. Entering tonight’s game, he was hitting .183/.270/.321 with nin ehome runs and 31 RBI in 278 plate appearances. His .591 OPS is good for an adjusted OPS (OPS+) of 57. An average OPS+ is set to 100. He finished at 49 last year.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.