Brewers Call Manny Machado a Dirty Player: "F— That Motherf—–"

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Brewers Call Manny Machado a Dirty Player: “F— That Motherf—–“

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It took 13 innings, but the Los Angeles Dodgers walked off on the Milwaukee Brewers in the wee hours of the morning, tying the NLCS at two.

Manny Machado scored the winning run there, but that was definitely not what the Brewers were talking about when they said things like this after the game:

Instead, what they were talking about was this:

Sure, Jesus Aguilar is a little more on top of the base than a first baseman should be, and I expect that Machado was trying to register a complaint in a physical way. But that’s ridiculous and over the top by Machado.

Here’s the full play, the ensuing dust-up, and the make-up at first base the next time Machado reached:

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

While those two may have put it behind them for a moment, the Brewers were not keen on letting it go after the game:

This all comes just a day after Machado told Ken Rosenthal – in response to a separate flap(!) – that he’s not a guy who is ever going to be “Johnny Hustle” out there. AND a game after he twice made high contact with his arm on slides at second base (the second of which led to a called double play). These are not the ways you want to get your name in the news ahead of free agency.

Machado said after the game that he was just trying to get past Aguilar, and if other people want to call it dirty they can call it dirty:

Machado came into this postseason with a reputation, as all longstanding baseball players develop at some point in their careers. Some parts of that reputation are good. Some parts are not so good. Some parts are fair. Some parts are not so fair. But one thing we know from seeing the narratives that developed surrounding the Cubs and their players over the past few years is that the blinding spotlight of the postseason makes the things that people see and say just a little stickier.

That particular play was – in my view – not acceptable, and, yes, probably something most fans would call “dirty.” I can’t go as far as to label a guy a “dirty” player without a whole lot more than Machado has shown in his career, but last night was not good. And this stuff matters at the margins when you’re talking about the Cubs possibly pursuing Machado as a free agent when he’s expected to cost upwards of $250 to $300 million.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.