Ken Rosenthal, a senior writer for MLB on FOX, is reporting that Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesús Aguilar during the Brewers-Dodgers game on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The two exchanged words following a play at first base where Machado tangled up with Aguilar's foot. Dodgers first base coach George Lombard joined the discussion before players spilled onto the field from both benches and bullpens. He found himself at the center of controversy during Game 3 after he engaged in two aggressive slides. As Machado stepped on the base, his foot made contact with Aguilar's leg.
Yelich wasn't done. When he wrapped up his comments, he was heard using some, let's say, colorful language to describe Machado, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Aguilar, who wasn't hurt on the play, said he and Machado "turned the page" afterward.
"I don't think we're too concerned about any other teams' comments about our players", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before Game 5. Brewers infielder Travis Shaw also said the play was dirty.
For those that did not see the play live - and if you have been living under a rock - here it is.
With one out in the bottom of the tenth inning, Manny Machado hit a grounder to shortstop and was easily thrown out at first base.
When Machado was asked again about the play, he said, "I was trying to get over him and hit his foot".
Did Machado intentionally come in spikes high on the veteran second baseman? Yelich called Machado a "dirty" player. "I mean, I don't know, call it what you want". If it's an accident, it's an accident; but on the replay to us, it clearly looks like you clearly go out of your way to step on someone.
With a pivotal Game 5 coming up this afternoon, the Dodgers will need Machado to continue his recent production.