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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Manny Machado hints MLB treats him differently due to his ethnicity

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Manny Machado has been following the situation with Jake Marisnick closely, and the San Diego Padres slugger is confident he would have been treated much, much differently if it were him who barreled into Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate.

Marisnick slammed into Lucroy in a collision at home plate when the Angels played the Houston Astros on July 7. Lucroy was left with a concussion and a fractured nose, and Marisnick is currently appealing the two-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball. Machado shared some of his thoughts on the situation in a rant on Instagram live Tuesday night, and he said he would have been suspended 20 games if he did what Marisnick did to Lucroy.

That was only part of Machado’s rant, which was primarily aimed at MLB Network broadcasters Eric Byrnes and Dan Plesac. Byrnes and Plesac defended Marisnick, and Machado said they did that because they have to “protect their guy.” He also called them the “biggest tools out there.”

Marisnick was booed by Angels fans during his at-bats in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Then in the sixth inning, Angels reliever Noe Ramirez hit Marisnick in the back with a pitch that was thrown up around his head. That resulted in the benches and bullpens clearing.

Machado believes Byrnes and Plesac would have said he deserved to have a pitch thrown at his head if he plowed into Lucroy. He also made reference to his recent one-game suspension for arguing balls and strikes.

“Other people do the same, they just get a slap on the wrist,” Machado said. “It’s all good. I just want people out there to understand where we come from, understand what it really is. Don’t listen to these guys on TV. … Latinos have to stick together all day.”

Machado seemed to be implying that he is treated differently by MLB officials, broadcasters and analysts because of his ethnicity. Some would argue that he has brought a lot of the criticism on himself with his dirty play.

H/T New York Post

Padres players dressed like Manny Machado for road trip

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Manny Machado has rubbed plenty of people the wrong way during his impressive career, but it would appear he has quickly established a strong relationship with his new teammates in San Diego.

Before their road trip to Miami (which happens to be Machado’s hometown) on Monday, Padres players decided to surprise their $300 million man by all wearing outfits they believed would have come from Machado’s wardrobe. The results were fantastic.

Fernando Tatis Jr. went the extra mile by wearing shoes with “Sky is the Limit” written on them. Machado has a tattoo of that phrase and also had it written on his shoes at his introductory press conference in San Diego.

While Machado is disliked by many of his opponents, the Machado dress-up day is a good indicator that his teammates are fond of him. Plus, Machado even apologized for some of the antics that got him in trouble during the playoffs last year. Maybe that $300 million contract was all he needed to turn over a new leaf.

MLB calls out Umpires’ Association over Manny Machado suspension statement

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MLB issued a statement on Tuesday in response to the Umpires’ Association statement about the Manny Machado suspension.

Machado was suspended one game for making contact with umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a third strike call during Saturday’s San Diego Padres-Colorado Rockies game, the league announced Monday. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association apparently was not happy with the light punishment for “violence in the workplace” and issued a statement on the matter.

MLB responded to the statement from the umpires and said it was not appropriate for them to comment on the discipline issued by MLB. They also said the comparison to “workplace violence” was inappropriate.

Machado appealed his one-game suspension on the grounds that he did not make contact with the umpire.

Jesus Aguilar: Manny Machado apologized for playoff incident

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No one would blame Jesus Aguilar if he wanted to hold a grudge against Manny Machado for the rest of his MLB career, but the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman says he has moved on from the dirty play Machado committed during the playoffs last year.

When Machado was with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, he intentionally dragged his left leg along the first base bag on a routine groundout during the NLCS so he could clip Aguilar’s leg on the way by. It was a bush league play by anyone’s definition.

Aguilar and Machado met again on Monday night when the San Diego Padres hosted the Brewers, and Aguilar was asked if there is any lingering bad blood between the two. Aguilar said Machado has apologized and they have “moved forward.”

That wasn’t the only dirty play Machado committed during the postseason last year, and those antics have contributed to him having a bad reputation across the league. Even if Aguilar has forgiven him, there are still plenty of people who don’t think very highly of Machado.

Manny Machado booed in return to Dodger Stadium

Manny Machado

Manny Machado received a share of boos during his return to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

Machado played 82 games for the Dodgers last season (including playoffs) after being acquired by Los Angeles in a trade with the Orioles. He decided to sign with the San Diego Padres in free agency and returned this week to Dodger Stadium for the first time with his team.

He received some boos for his first at-bat:

Machado later reminded the Dodgers what they’re missing out on. He crushed a 2-run home run to deep left field in his second at-bat off Clayton Kershaw, his fourth homer against the Dodgers on the season and second off Kershaw.

Machado will trade the boos for homers any day. He’s up to nine this season, nearly half coming against his former team.

Watch: Manny Machado hits first Padres home run

Manny Machado has his first San Diego Padre home run.

The marquee free agent signing had had a quiet start to the season offensively, but he broke out of it with a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game that went directly to the Western Metal Supply Building.

The Padres will be expecting to see a lot more of those. This is, after all, a player who averages 30 home runs a year over a 162 game season. Yes, Petco Park is nowhere near as hitter-friendly as his old stomping grounds in Baltimore, but he still has immense power.

Machado has the home run out of the way. The next step will be building a team that Machado thinks can actually contend.

Padres see big boost in ticket sales since Manny Machado signing

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The San Diego Padres are already seeing dividends from their signing of Manny Machado.

According to the Padres’ president of business operations Erik Greupner, the two weeks since Machado’s signing have seen the team generate $3 million in additional ticket revenue, and they have sold “at least double” the amount of tickets they would typically expect to sell, via ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.

The Padres had jumps prior to 2015 and 2016, when the team had a busy offseason and hosted the All-Star Game, respectively, but never like this.

“Even in 2015 and 2016, we didn’t see a spike like we’ve seen this year in terms of demand,” Greupner said. “And frankly, it’s been maintained for a longer period of time so far than some of the spikes we’ve seen in the past. So, we’re encouraged that it’s really setting a new trend line for us this season in terms of demand for tickets and merchandise.”

Bryce Harper has had a similar impact on the Philadelphia Phillies’ ticket sales. It’s safe to say the big free agents are already having the intended off-field impact.