By now, Dodgers fans might be sick and tired of seeing Manny Machado’s name in the news headlines for the wrong reasons. It started with Machado’s lack of hustle in the field, willingly jogging to first on groundballs. That escalated when he spoke to the media and said he would never be that guy that busts out of the box every time. Then Machado was involved in a series of poor slides at second base, one of which took an out away from the Dodgers.
And now this. On Tuesday night, Manny grounded out on what appeared to be a routine play. As he crossed the bag, he dragged his foot and clipped the leg of Jesus Aguilar who had kept his foot on the bag a little too long. The play was not close and Machado was out by a few steps, so why the extracurricular? Manny was essentially silent on the matter than momentarily cleared the benches.
Did you and Jesus Aguilar patch things up? "What stays on the field stays on the field between the lines," Manny Machado said. "We go way back. We played in the minor leagues together. What happens on the field stays on the field."
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 17, 2018
While it did appear Aguilar and Machado patched things up when Machado reached base in the 13th inning, his Brewers teammates were not so quick to forgive. Christian Yelich called it ” A dirty play by a dirty player” and manager Craig Counsell seemed to take a shot at Manny’s hustle.
Counsell on if Manny Machado has gone beyond the bounds of playing hard: “I don’t think he’s playing all that hard,” Counsell said.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 17, 2018
Even Orel Hershiser had a few things to say about Manny after the play on the SportsNet LA Postgame. Orel called the play embarrassing and stressed that he loved Manny, even if he has wished he would run harder on the bases.
Overall, it’s not a great look for the Dodgers franchise. Cries for Corey Seager rang out all across Twitter last night, seeming to disown Manny. But he’s here, and for now, he’s ours. Here’s hoping that he can keep the offense producing and the controversy to a minimum for the remainder of the series.
Tell me what YOU think! Was Manny’s play dirty? Did you think it was as intentional as it looked?
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