Jeff Flanagan who covers the Kansas City Royals for MLB.com joined the Scott Garceau Show with Jeremy Conn to talk about the bench-clearing brawl in Baltimore last night as well as the Royals recent struggles.
In the bottom of the fifth inning last night a fight broke out when Manny Machado charged the mound after being plunked by Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. Machado and Ventura exchanged words in the bottom of the second after Ventura pitched Machado inside a couple times. Flanagan talked about how the words that were exchanged escalated into the fight. “Yordano was trying to throw inside a couple times, got a little bit too close, apparently. Machado didn’t like that and then he flies out, and doesn’t really even run to first base on that ball and spent the whole time chirping at Yordano…because Yordano is 25 and is not quite yet mature, that kind of stuff can get into his head for sure. We’ve seen it happen before,” said Flanagan.READ MORE: Vacant Building Partially Collapses In Baltimore
Scott and Jeremy asked about the atmosphere in the Royal’s locker room after the game. Flanagan said it did not seem as if Ventura’s teammates were upset at him saying, “They were a little surprised that it all happened and went down like that, but they are not going to throw their teammate under the bus.”READ MORE: Naval Academy Midshipman Injured In Small Plane Crash In Easton
After winning the World Series last season, the Royals are currently 2.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central and have lost six straight games. Flanagan talked about the Royals struggles. “For whatever reason they are just in such a funk right now that they just cannot get runners home. I think that’s now four runs scored in the last five games. It’s just basically impossible to win,” said Flanagan.MORE NEWS: Unemployed Workers Union File Class Action Lawsuit To Prevent End Of Federal Benefits
Listen to the full interview with Jeff Flanagan here and don’t forget to follow Scott & Jeremy on Twitter: @ScottGShow1057 and @JeremyConn1057.