Report: MLB to fine Dodgers’ Manny Machado for controversial collision
Major League Baseball has fined Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for kicking the leg of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 of the NLDS, according to a report by The Athletic.
MLB fined Machado an undisclosed amount on Wednesday, a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at Dodger Stadium.
The collision occurred in the 10th inning of Tuesday night’s game.
Machado was running to first on a grounder in the 10th inning of Game 4 and Aguilar left his foot partly across the base for a moment after catching the ball. Already out, Machado brought his back foot forward and kicked Aguilar in the back of the leg.
ICYMI: Things got heated between Manny Machado and Jesús Aguilar late in Game 4 of the NLCS. pic.twitter.com/jz6HwCMaYw
— ESPN (@espn) October 17, 2018
The two players seemed to have resolved their differences by the 13th inning when Machado reached base on a broken-bat single. He eventually scored the winning run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory.
Aguilar said after the game there would be no lingering ill will between them. “I know him really well and it’s already passed,” he said. “We turned the page; now we have to come and play tomorrow.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 17, 2018
However, his teammates weren’t so generous.
“A dirty play by a dirty player. It absolutely is,” said Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. “I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can’t respect someone who plays the game like that.”
‘It’s a dirty play by a dirty player. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can’t respect someone who plays the game like that.’ Christian Yelich on Manny Machado pic.twitter.com/TocySpu8fK
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) October 17, 2018
Machado, whose late slide last year injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, has been checked a couple times in this NLCS because of close slides into second.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven series starts Wednesday afternoon.