Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado for running into Jesús Aguilar

Ruben Holloway
October 19, 2018

Instead of focusing on the Dodgers' victory over the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS, Manny Machado's decision to clip Jesús Aguilar at first base stole the majority of the headlines. As Machado stepped on the base, his foot made contact with Aguilar's leg.

While the Milwaukee Brewers didn't shy away from calling Machado a "dirty player", the Major League Baseball doesn't believe that his actions warrant a suspension. It's a dirty play by a dirty player. Already out, Machado brought his left foot forward and kicked Aguilar in the back of the leg.

No argument there. Machado has been playing at the speed of Manny since he broke in with the Orioles in 2012, and for the most part, it hasn't been a big problem. "What happens on the field stays on the field".

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"It's a dirty play by a dirty player", said outfielder Christian Yelich.

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).

Speaking hours before Wednesday's Game 5, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his club is unconcerned about the Brewers' comments and that Machado is simply "preparing to help us win today". "It's a dirty play by a dirty player". Infielder Travis Shaw also called it dirty, and Yelich followed up his post-game criticism of Machado by yelling a profane epithet as he walked away from his locker.

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Just a few weeks before the 26-year-old Machado likely hits the open market as one of the most desirable free agents in baseball, the big-hitting shortstop has become the latest star to tread the well-worn line between fierce competitors and dirty players.

Machado appeared to apologize to Aguilar during the game and explained to reporters what he was trying to do on the play.

If the Dodgers win on either Friday or Saturday, they'll advance to Machado's first World Series, enhancing his visibility. The shortstop later scored the winning run, sliding home to give Los Angeles a 2-1 win that evened the NLCS at two games each.

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