Major League Baseball has handed down the punishment for Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado to the tune of five games. By now everyone is familiar with the bench-clearing situation that occurred as the Baltimore Orioles faced the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. However, if you did not know, Manny Machado was tossed after throwing his bat towards third base. That incident followed what appeared to be back-to-back brush back pitches from Athletics reliever Fernando Abad. Abad was not suspended for the incident. Machado talked about the situation and appeared to sound like a person who did it on purpose which contradicts his original statement that the bat slipped. You can be the judge.
“When things happen like this, you’re definitely going to learn. It’s going to make me a better player and it’s going to make me a better man. Looking forward, I hope I learn from it and don’t make the same mistake.”
Machado will appeal the suspension in an attempt to lessen the penalty. The appeal will probably fail after other recent incidents affecting the All-Star third baseman. From his issues with a tag by Athletics Josh Donaldson on Friday to hitting Derek Norris, the Athletics catcher, multiple times on backswings. If at any point he would have apologized this suspension might have been less. Instead the Orioles can expect to be a man down for five games after the appeal.