After news broke of the Manny Machado trade broke, Dodgers fans were ecstatic. The city of Los Angeles added yet another superstar. With one of the games best all-around players coming to LA, fans everywhere were buzzing. One of the reasons for this strong buzz, was due to the intrigue on what number Manny would be wearing with his new ball club.
Now that Manny Machado has joined the @Dodgers, the next negotiation begins: What becomes of jersey No. 13? It is the only number he’s known in @MLB, and it is one that Max Muncy has worn with success this year . . . @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 19, 2018
During his entire seven-year career, Machado has only known one number, No. 13. Every Dodgers fan knows, that number is currently taken by Max Muncy. A lot of times, we hear of players giving up their number if a player of higher-caliber comes into town. You could make the case that Muncy should give up his number if Machado were to ask him to. However, you could also make the case that based on the season Muncy is having, he should have every right to hold onto that number.
In this kind of situation, usually the incoming player, Machado in this case, would offer to pay Muncy some kind of reward for the number. Whether it be straight up cash, or a watch or new suit, that’s typically how the exchange goes down. Not in this case.
It looks as if Kenley Jansen has offered to pay Max Muncy in order to let Machado wear No. 13.
LA #Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has already volunteered to pay teammate Max Muncy a nice tip for giving up his No. 13 jersey to new teammate Manny Machado. “He deserves it.’’ Jansen says
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 19, 2018
If that’s the case, Kenley can sure afford it. After signing his $80 million contract, he’s one of the highest paid players in the league. Not only that, it’s a great welcoming gift for Machado, having a brand new teammate pay for you to keep your number. What a way to make a first impression.
And the new number is….
After all this, I’m sure you’re thinking that Manny Machado will be the newest Dodgers player to grace No. 13. Well, it appears Max Muncy didn’t budge, and really likes that number. So, your newest shortstop will be gracing the number eight!
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 19, 2018
Hopefully you didn’t pre-order your Machado No. 13 jersey yet! Now, it does seem like somebody will be needing to get a new number, Dodgers’ bench coach Bob Geren. Regardless of the number, we’re all super excited to see Manny make his debut this weekend versus the Brewers. It marks 10 years ago since the Dodgers acquired another “Manny”. We’ll have to wait and see if we are about to enter MannyWood 2.0.
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