Manny Machado’s misadventures: A timeline of controversies, missteps, mistakes | MLB

Machado Insanity is sweeping the nation.

Possibly it is hyperbole, however Manny Machado is not one to draw back from macho moments, as controversy seemingly follows him wherever he is been by his quick profession. 

The fiery Machado would not include simply immense expertise, but in addition with some baggage within the type of his hustle and his tendency to finish up in headlines, irrespective of how unfair they might be.

From his first ejection to his newest headline-making controversy, beneath is a timeline of a few of Machado’s greatest controversies, mishaps and errors.

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June 27, 2013: The primary ejection

You at all times bear in mind your first.

On June 27, 2013, Machado was ejected by residence plate ump Will Little after arguing a Strike Three foul-tip name. 

Earlier than the ejection, Machado performed each inning of his first 130 video games as a serious leaguer. 

However there was somewhat little bit of historical past between Machado and Little: Machado bought into it with Little the earlier sport on a botched name at first base. 

Hardly an argument, however it’s a enjoyable little bit of multifaceted Machado historical past.

June 7-8, 2014: The bat throw saga

That is the place issues with Machado get attention-grabbing.

On June 7, 2014, in a sport that pitted Machado’s Orioles vs. the Oakland A’s, Machado was tagged out attempting to advance to 3rd by A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson. Machado misplaced his stability and was visibly upset with Donaldson. Some pleasantries have been exchanged, benches have been cleared.

There wasn’t something actually egregious in regards to the tag.

“Did not agree on the tag. Proper play, he made the suitable play, however simply did not agree on the tag that he made on me, and I simply needed to stand up and confront him,” Machado stated. “You get within the warmth of the second and issues begin flying. It is a part of the sport, and you are going to must proceed.”

“It’s important to overlook about it and are available again tomorrow,” Machado said via the Mercury News.

Come again tomorrow he did, and with a vengeance.

Within the second sport of the Orioles-A’s sequence, one in every of Machado’s notorious, lengthy backswings nailed A’s catcher Derek Norris within the helmet, forcing Norris to depart the sport. (It wasn’t the final time Machado has accomplished it, both. He hit Manny Pina together with his backswing as lately because the 2018 NLCS.)

Then, Machado gave new that means to “bat flip.”

Machado took two pitches from A’s reliever Fernando Abad that have been manner inside. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Machado misplaced grip of the bat — you be the decide of whether or not that is correct — which nearly struck third baseman Alberto Callaspo, who was enjoying the new nook instead of Donaldson.

The benches cleared. Machado was subsequently thrown out of the sport and later handed a five-game suspension from MLB.

“We’re within the warmth. We’re attempting to make the playoffs, we’re attempting to win a World Sequence right here,” Machado said via MLB.com. “It was a irritating weekend, and I simply let my feelings get one of the best of me.”

Machado additionally apologized to his staff, Orioles followers, the Oakland A’s and particularly Norris for inadvertantly bonking him together with his bat.

By the best way, Machado did attraction the suspension — nonetheless ill-advised that was — and misplaced.

Machado was 21 on the time, so simply younger sufficient to be forgiven for dumb errors. The entire scenario was ridiculous.

June 7, 2016: Royal beatdown

There should be one thing about June for Manny.

The O’s have been taking over the Royals at Camden Yards, and it wasn’t fairly: Within the fifth inning of a 5-1 sport, the late Yordano Ventura threw inside twice to Machado, ultimately hitting the third baseman within the again. Machado would charge the mound and — as a substitute of throwing a bat — threw arms.

Machado and Ventura have been tossed from the sport, and Machado eventually was handed a four-game suspension from MLB. This time, Machado did not attraction the suspension and served it in its entirety.

“All people is aware of what sort of participant he’s,” Ventura said through an interpreter following the brawl game (via Fox Sports). “One simply bought away and he got here at me, and I’ve to defend myself at that time.”

“I don’t remorse something,” Machado stated. “When someone’s throwing 99 at you, it’s going to harm. You’ll be able to destroy somebody’s profession. You don’t assume in that scenario. You simply react to it.”

Facet notice: “What sort of participant he’s” is actually laden with foreboding.

April 21 to Could 3, 2017

Manny being footy.

On an April 21 sport in Baltimore, Machado slid arduous into second base, spiking — and injuring — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Machado would try to assist up Pedroia, who would depart the sport with an harm. Machado was dominated out at second.

Tensions would escalate from there. Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez would throw at Machado twice two days later, each pitches lacking. Then, Matt Barnes threw a fastball that was manner excessive and manner inside, lacking Machado and instead hitting his bat — behind his head.

To Machado’s credit score, he did not increase a stink nor even say something on the bottom paths. In reality, he doubled off Joe Kelly in the identical at-bat; Kelly took the place of the ejected Barnes.

Pedroia shared some phrases with Machado from the Crimson Sox dugout — something to the effect of “I didn’t order the hit” — and revenge was seemingly exacted. Till the next week.

Crimson Sox starter Chris Sale threw behind Manny Machado — following a Machado gradual, gradual, gradual residence run trot earlier within the sport — rekindling the once-thought-dead feud.

Machado was requested in regards to the scenario and in language that’s best described as colorful, Machado aired his grievances.

Machado’s ideas on being thrown at once more and all the scenario:

“What do you assume? F—ing bulls—. F—ing bulls— coward stuff. I imply, that is stuff that you do not f—ing do. However I imply, I am not on that aspect. I am not in that group. They’re nonetheless enthusiastic about that very same slide that I did, that was no intention on hurting anyone. And I am nonetheless paying, I am nonetheless attempting to get hit at. Thrown at at my f—ing head. Get f—ing thrown at in all places. F—ing bulls—. I’ve misplaced mad respect for that group, that teaching workers, for everybody over there.

“In case you’re going to f—ing hit me, hit me, go forward. F—ing hit. Don’t let the s— preserve f—ing lingering round and preserve attempting to f—ing hit individuals…It’s f—ing bulls—, and MLB ought to do one thing about it. F—ing pitchers on the market with f—ing balls of their arms throwing 100 miles per hour, attempting to hit individuals. I’ve bought a f—ing bat too. I might go up there and crush someone if I needed to, however you recognize what? I’ll get suspended for a 12 months and the pitcher solely will get suspended for 2 video games. That’s not cool.”

Barnes was suspended 4 video games for the incident. Chris Sale wasn’t suspended. Manny needed to have his mouth washed out with cleaning soap. (Unconfirmed.)

2018 postseason

The place to even start?

The NLCS was an eventful one for Manny, to say the least. Machado’s Dodgers have been in a dogfight with the Brewers in a sequence that went seven video games and wasn’t in need of drama, quotes, questionable slides and unquestionable lack of hustle.

Probably the most obvious occasion: the fourth inning of Game 2, when Machado grounded out to Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. Arcia took somewhat further time getting the ball over to first, which was OK — as a result of Machado took a variety of further time getting over to first.

Twitter took the airwaves to air out Machado’s obvious lack of hustle.

Enter “Johnny Hustle.”

Talking with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Machado defined his actions, saying this was who he was as a participant, angering Twitter GMs in all places:

“Clearly I am not going to vary. I am not the kind of participant that is going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ and run down the road and slide to first base and … you recognize, no matter can occur. That is simply not my character, that is not my cup of tea, that is not who I’m. …

“Ought to I’ve run on that pitch? Yeah … however I did not and I gotta pay the implications for it. It does look unhealthy. It appears to be like horrible. I look again on the video and I am like, ‘Whoa, what was I doing?’ , simply the feelings of the sport … I am the kind of participant that has stayed within the zone, I am enjoying and I am simply within the zone.

“On 3-0, I am attempting to drive one out. I hit a 100 mph groundball (truly 76 mph) proper into the shift, proper to the shortstop. … Earlier than I even step out of the field, I look to the shortstop, he has the ball in his arms and I am like, ‘I am out.’ … I imply, what am I going to do?

“Ought to I’ve given it somewhat extra effort? A hundred percent. [It’s] my fault like at all times. I imply, that is simply my mentality after I’m within the sport. [There are] issues that you simply be taught, issues that you simply gotta change. I’ve tried altering it for eight years and I nonetheless cannot determine it out, however one in every of nowadays I’ll.”

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Merely put, not a great look, however not less than Machado offered context into why he is not “Johnny Hustle.” 

Then, there was Recreation 3, during which Machado styled his way to first on a ball that nearly made it out. Key phrase: Nearly. Different key phrase: First.

Then, in NLCS Recreation 4, Machado almost tripped — a time period used loosely — over Jesus Aguilar’s foot at first base as he grounded out in the 10th inning

Brewers gamers weren’t loopy about Machado clipping Aguilar, and Milwaukee gamers let the media — and Machado — comprehend it.

“He has a historical past of these forms of incidents,” Christian Yelich stated by way of MLB.com’s Joe Trezza. “One time is an accident. Over and again and again … it is a soiled play. He is a unclean participant.”

He went on to make use of Machado-esque language afterward:

With Machado a free agent, it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how his most up-to-date actions hurt his potential new deal — in the event that they do in any respect. 

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