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Dodgers Free Agent Manny Machado Doing Some Clean Up

Manny Machado wants his new team; or perhaps new teammates, to know that he’s the type to play hard and hustle. Machado recently clarified his comments from the 2018 postseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was then that he made a remark about never being ‘Johnny Hustle’ (do you know him?).

Machado told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com the following:

“When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it,” Machado said. “For me, I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team.

Perhaps Machado has seen the light – and will play hard the rest of his career instead of periods of half-speed. However, it’s more likely that the DNA instilled in Machado is going to remain as-is. People and players are the way they are for a reason. With that, each player has his own style and Machado’s is a controlled, slow-speed with some grace at times. His game is smooth, but he may never look visually like he’s playing ‘hard’.

He continued:

“But I know how I said it and how that came across, and it’s something I take responsibility for. I look forward to talking with each GM and owner that we meet with about that, or any other questions they have.”

It remains to be seen if Machado’s style of play will be a detractor for teams that will bid on his services this winter. Recently, news broke that the Yankees had concern with Machado’s ‘hustle’ comments. Moreover, one can be sure that if one team has a concern; there are several.

Still, it’s likely that Machado finds someone willing to give him at least a $300 million dollar contract. He has the type of talent that is worth rolling the dice on – which makes it unlikely he changes his style of play in the long-run. Despite what comments make it to the press.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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    • Bold statement. Not sure if I agree, but I absolutely hope your right. And I hope the Dodger’s don’t sign either of them.

    • Hello Aarlan! Ya know who I am from the Dodger.com comment board. They both may not get what they will be asking for but some team or teams just might be willing to give them a $300 million deal but wss.Some players will in fact wait it out if theyu feel they should be getting said amounts. Dodgers won’t sign either of them anyway.

  1. When you take things slow as your team is trying to make the world Series, that says it all. You do what you know. His body actions showed it and his talk said it. In this case, you wont be “getting what you pay for. It’ll be more like, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

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