Ahead of a pivotal tie-breaking Game 5 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that right-handed pitcher Zach Davies has replaced Gio Gonzalez on their National League Championship Series roster. But that's ridiculous and over the top by Machado. Machado was reportedly fined by Major League Baseball for his actions, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. "I mean, I don't know, call it what you want". They went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 runners.
ESPN's Pedro Gomez tweeted: "One of the @Brewers players told me that while it was good to hear Manny Machado apologized to Jesus Aguilar, Machado needs to realize that he is known as a dirty ball player who needs to clean up his reputation". Repeated over and over and over again, you're just a dirty player.
After singling to left field in the 13th inning, Machado greeted Aguilar with a brief hug at first base, and the two had a conversation between pitches. "What happens on the field stays on the field".
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While with the Baltimore Orioles, Machado got brushed back with a pitch from Oakland A's hurler Fernando Abad in the eighth inning of game.
When asked about Yelich ripping him, Machado did not seem concerned. He says the Dodgers' play in Game 1 was "unacceptable" and the Brewers "put us against the wall early and never looked back!"
Machado didn't run out a grounder in Game 2 of the NLCS, adding to the negative attention in this series. The big question now is how much this latest kerfuffle will impact his value when he enters the free agent market in November. In an interview with Fox Sports 1 that aired before Game 4, he acknowledged there was "no excuse" for not making more effort - but also displayed an attitude that won't endear him to the old school. "You have 30 owners - all want you right now", he said. Milwaukee promptly won its final seven regular-season games and an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs to earn its first division title since 2011, and the Brewers did more than enough at the plate in a sweep of Colorado in the Division Series. "That's just not my personality".
Did Machado intentionally come in spikes high on the veteran second baseman?