Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has suspended Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado five games for his actions in Sunday’s bench-clearing incident with the Oakland Athletics.
The All-Star third baseman, who was ejected from the 11-1 loss, threw his bat toward third base after consecutive brushback pitches from reliever Fernando Abad. Abad was not suspended, but, like Machado, he was fined an undisclosed amount.
“When things happen like this, you’re definitely going to learn,” said Machado, who originally said that the bat slipped out of his hands. “It’s going to make me a better player and it’s going to make me a better man. Looking forward, I hope I learn from it and don’t make the same mistake.”
The 21-year-old Machado plans to appeal the punishment to try to lessen the ban.
Things started Friday when Machado took exception to a hard tag by third baseman Josh Donaldson. He also hit A’s catcher Derek Norris several times in the helmet on a backswing and didn’t show any regret or offer to apologize, with several Oakland players believing that Machado actually took pleasure in it instead.
Machado, who said the backswings were unintentional, was remorseful on Monday after watching the replays and thinking things over.
“We all make mistakes,” Machado said. “It’s tough. It’s going to happen. At that point, I let my emotions take over. In this situation, I think you’ve got to control a little better, and it’s something we’re just going to have to move on from and learn from it. I got the best of it and I learned.”
Machado apologized to his teammates before Monday’s game, with the team late in taking batting practice as several players aired their thoughts.