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 via his brief profession.
The fiery Machado does not include simply immense expertise, but additionally with some baggage within the type of his hustle and his tendency to finish up in headlines, regardless of how unfair they might be.
From his first ejection to his newest headline-making controversy, under is a timeline of a few of Machado’s greatest controversies, mishaps and errors.
June 27, 2013: The primary ejection
You all the time bear in mind your first.
On June 27, 2013, Machado was ejected by house 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 a bit little bit of historical past between Machado and Little: Machado acquired into it with Little the earlier recreation 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 recreation 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 really egregious in regards to the tag.
“Did not agree on the tag. Proper play, he made the appropriate 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 mentioned. “You get within the warmth of the second and issues begin flying. It is a part of the sport, and you are going to need to proceed.”
“It’s important to neglect about it and are available again tomorrow,” Machado mentioned by way of the Mercury Information.
Come again tomorrow he did, and with a vengeance.
Within the second recreation of the Orioles-A’s collection, one among Machado’s notorious, lengthy backswings nailed A’s catcher Derek Norris within the helmet, forcing Norris to go away the sport. (It wasn’t the final time Machado has finished it, both. He hit Manny Pina along with his backswing as not too long ago because the 2018 NLCS.)
Then, Machado gave new which 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 recent nook rather than 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 mentioned by way of MLB.com. “It was a irritating weekend, and I simply let my feelings get the perfect of me.”
Machado additionally apologized to his staff, Orioles followers, the Oakland A’s and particularly Norris for inadvertantly bonking him along with his bat.
By the way in which, Machado did attraction the suspension — nevertheless ill-advised that was — and misplaced.
Machado was 21 on the time, so simply younger sufficient to be forgiven for dumb errors. The entire state of affairs was ridiculous.
June 7, 2016: Royal beatdown
There have to 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 recreation, the late Yordano Ventura threw inside twice to Machado, ultimately hitting the third baseman within the again. Machado would cost the mound and — as a substitute of throwing a bat — threw arms.
Machado and Ventura have been tossed from the sport, and Machado ultimately was handed a four-game suspension from MLB. This time, Machado did not attraction the suspension and served it in its entirety.
“Everyone is aware of what sort of participant he’s,” Ventura mentioned via an interpreter following the brawl recreation (by way of Fox Sports activities). “One simply acquired away and he got here at me, and I’ve to defend myself at that time.”
“I don’t remorse something,” Machado mentioned. “When any person’s throwing 99 at you, it’s going to harm. You’ll be able to smash somebody’s profession. You don’t suppose in that state of affairs. You simply react to it.”
Facet be aware: “What sort of participant he’s” is actually laden with foreboding.
April 21 to Might 3, 2017
Manny being footy.
On an April 21 recreation in Baltimore, Machado slid onerous into second base, spiking — and injuring — Purple Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Machado would try to assist up Pedroia, who would go away 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 as a substitute hitting his bat — behind his head.
To Machado’s credit score, he did not elevate a stink nor even say something on the bottom paths. In truth, 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 Purple Sox dugout — one thing to the impact of “I did not order the hit” — and revenge was seemingly exacted. Till the next week.
Purple Sox starter Chris Sale threw behind Manny Machado — following a Machado gradual, gradual, gradual house run trot earlier within the recreation — rekindling the once-thought-dead feud.
Machado’s ideas on being thrown at once more and your entire state of affairs:
“What do you suppose? 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 excited 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 every single place. F—ing bulls—. I’ve misplaced mad respect for that group, that teaching workers, for everybody over there.
“For those who’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 folks…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 folks. I’ve acquired a f—ing bat too. I may go up there and crush any person 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.)
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 collection 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 Recreation 2, when Machado grounded out to Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. Arcia took a bit additional time getting the ball over to first, which was OK — as a result of Machado took a number of additional time getting over to first.
Twitter took the airwaves to air out Machado’s obvious lack of hustle.
Manny Machado ought to actually strive sprinting when he hits the ball within the ss gap. groups are watching.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 13, 2018
Manny Machado hit the brakes tougher than he hit the baseball.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 13, 2018
Manny Machado swings at a 3-Zero pitch, drives an 85-mph fastball into the bottom, then declines to expire the play.
— Invoice Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 13, 2018
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) October 13, 2018
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 every single place:
“Clearly I am not going to alter. 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 dangerous. It appears to be like horrible. I look again on the video and I am like, ‘Whoa, what was I doing?’ You already know, 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 a bit extra effort? 100%. [It’s] my fault like all the time. I imply, that is simply my mentality once I’m within the recreation. [There are] issues that you just study, issues that you just gotta change. I’ve tried altering it for eight years and I nonetheless cannot determine it out, however one among today I’ll.”
Merely put, not a great look, however at the very least Machado supplied context into why he is not “Johnny Hustle.”
Then, there was Recreation 3, through which Machado styled his option to first on a ball that virtually made it out. Key phrase: Nearly. Different key phrase: First.
Manny Machado thought he had a house run on this swing…
It ended up solely being a single. pic.twitter.com/ZF0ijtHdsa
— FOX Sports activities: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 27, 2018
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 within the 10th inning.
Brewers gamers weren’t loopy about Machado clipping Aguilar, and Milwaukee gamers let the media — and Machado — understand it.
“He has a historical past of these varieties of incidents,” Christian Yelich mentioned by way of MLB.com’s Joe Trezza. “One time is an accident. Over and over and over … it is a soiled play. He is a grimy participant.”
He went on to make use of Machado-esque language afterward:
After Yelich completed answering questions on Machado, he walked away from his locker and blurted out: “F – – ok that mother- – – – er.”
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 17, 2018
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.