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"All I know is the bat slipped out of my hands. I didn't purposely let it go," Nixon said.
And man I would love to have seen the hysteria if Puig had done this.
Or the lack of hysteria if it was Jeter. .
50 games for Donaldson for touching Jeter
what penalty would be severe enough if it had been Puig throwing his bat at Jeter
Agreed. The Yankees haven't done anything to piss me off in forever. It usually takes their fans to even get me to raise an eyebrow. "Greatest rivalry in sports"? More like England and France.
There seems to be just as much continuum as there is with beanballs.
Isn't there a continuum between 1) actually losing your grip, 2) tossing the bat in frustration away from the field, 3) weakly letting the bat go towards the field (Machado) and 4) throwing the bat at someone with force and intent to injure?
Tell the ringing in Derek Norris' ears that Machado didn't want to hurt anyone. That was the most cowardly bullshit move he made all weekend in a series of cowardly bullshit moves. I buy exactly 0% of the idea that his hitting Norris was an accident. He knew what he was doing.
Getting in someone's face over a perceived rough tag (which wasn't rough at all) and throwing a bat in the heat of the moment after a second straight pitch at your knee expose some very serious personality flaws.
But they don't prove that Manny is a sociopath, which he would have to be to attack Norris with a deadly weapon two days after the original incident which Norris wasn't even involved in. He just woke up that morning and decided he was going to bash an Athletics player's head in and he had the perfect plan...
You're free to believe that, and I'll admit it's possible, but I think it's very far-fetched.
The end of Machado's backswing is going a lot slower and 9 times out of 10 will not injure. He just clipped him in the wrong spot at the wrong time.
I still think the most likely explanation is Machado's loopy backswing was exaggerated because he was swinging for the fences in a blowout, and he accidentally clipped a catcher who sets up a little closer than some other catchers. And then like most things this weekend, that was followed by Machado acting like a douche by ignoring Norris.
“Just looking over the replay, it was a frustrating weekend,” Machado said. “We were playing against one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. We’re trying to make the playoffs. We’re trying to win a World Series, and it was a frustrating weekend. I just let my emotions get the best of me.”
“I definitely had a nice rest at home and seeing the replay over and over again,” Machado said. “I definitely want to apologize. I want to apologize to all my teammates, my coaching staff, the entire Orioles organization and Oakland and to our fans for the way I acted and overreacted on that.”
Machado told the team-run television network that he has apologized to his teammates. He was not made available to the rest of the media during the daily pregame access time before tonight’s game. The team held an impromptu players-only meeting at 4 p.m. today.
“I went out there and apologized to all of them,” Machado said. “They know who I am. I want to apologize to all the fans, too, and the organization. This is not the way we play baseball around here. We’re just going to have to put this behind us and bring back the Oriole Way.”
“Just looking over the replay, it was a frustrating weekend,” Machado said. “We were playing against one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. We’re trying to make the playoffs. We’re trying to win a World Series, and it was a frustrating weekend. I just let my emotions get the best of me.
I want to apologize to Derek,” Machado said. “That wasn’t intentional. I didn’t realize how hard I had hit him with the bat. I have a tough followthrough, a really long followthrough. At that point, with how the weekend was going, I didn’t think he would have cared about whether I had showed emotion for him.”
Meanwhile, #Orioles only allowed Machado to speak to the team network and not the beat writers. Wunderkind becoming a problem child.
I want to apologize to Derek
Many of us find non-apologies written by lawyers that meticulously avoid admitting the apologizer has done anything wrong offensive and tiresome. Deal with it. It's the site you post on. It's not going to change.
I can't speak for everyone, but I promise I'll stop railing against apologies the moment I read one that's actually, y'know, apologizing for something.
This is getting a little silly. Machado acted like a douche and he apologized. He's not Steve Garvey for god's sake.
I have no idea how the umpire on the field can conclude that you throw at someone intentionally, the MLB investigation confirms that, and then there is no suspension.
If it were up to me I'd suspend Chen and Adad 5 games each, and Machado 10, but by MLB's arbitrary standards, this seems fair.
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