Dodgers' Machado fined by MLB for kicking Brewers 1B Aguilar
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Oct 21, 2018,
Oct 21, 2018, 12:32
The Brewers immediately took Machado to task for the play.
Whether you believe Aguilar should have removed himself from the bag or Machado should have just avoided the situation altogether, this isn't anything new for him. You don't kick somebody like that on accident. "I mean, I don't know, call it what you want".
When Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked whether Machado was going beyond the grounds of playing hard, he said, "I don't think he's playing all that hard".
The four-time All-Star already had drawn the ire of ex-players and old-school baseball men from Jim Palmer to Eric Byrnes with his occasional lack of hustle, but he has shown plenty of hustle in each of his incidents in the NLCS.
Travis Shaw was among the players who joined Yelich in calling Machado "dirty" in his play.
"It's a dirty play".
Machado also sparked controversy with the way he slid into second base in Game 3, reaching out with his hand in an attempt to keep Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia from turning a double play and getting called for interference after the second occurrence.
No one was as outspoken about Machado after the game as Yelich as he answered questions from reporters about the play. "That's just not my personality, that's not my cup of tea, that's not who I am".
"You say to yourself: Two games from the World Series", Counsell said.
Machado, 26, is poised to become one of the most coveted free agents in history. We talked. It's over.
"You saw the replay".
Machado attracted disdain early in the 2017 season with a hard slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Of course, if Machado were having a awful postseason, it would be easier to make all of the criticism stick, but he leads all postseason hitters with nine RBIs and is tied with three other players for the home run lead (three).
With a pivotal Game 5 coming up this afternoon, the Dodgers will need Machado to continue his recent production. His groundout dropped him to 0 for 5 as the Dodgers' cleanup hitter.