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Manny Machado ejected after he intentionally tosses his bat

Jun 8, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado caused a benches-clearing incident on Friday after he was unhappy with a tag from Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson and he was in the middle of some more drama this afternoon.

Machado was ejected from today’s game against the Athletics in the bottom of the eighth inning after he appeared to intentionally toss his bat on a swing. A’s left-hander Fernando Abad brushed him back on the previous pitch, possibly in retaliation for Machado hitting catcher Derek Norris in the head with his backswing and knocking him out of the game in his last at-bat. As you’ll see below, the 21-year-old chose a dangerous way to respond to Abad’s pitch:

Machado and Abad were both ejected from the game. Abad shouldn’t be excused for throwing at someone intentionally, but Machado could have really hurt someone, whether it be a player, an umpire, a third base coach, or even a fan. It’s reckless behavior and there’s simply no place for it. He should be embarrassed with his behavior. Here’s hoping MLB sends him a significant message.

For Machado’s part, he says his actions weren’t intentional:

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  1. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I have no problem with Machado throwing a bat back at the pitcher after having the ball thrown at him. It’s kinda a double standard that pitchers are allowed to throw at a projectile at 90mph at a batter like that without anyone turning an eye but a player can’t do the same.

    The tag portion of Machado’s hissy fit is really funny. He’ll eventually grow up I would assume but I’ll enjoy the tantrums while they are there.

    • aceinthehole12 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Lol, wow.

    • DJ MC - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Yep, you know the old saying: Two wrongs always make a right.

    • juanvinny - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      I guess you missed the part where Chen threw at Donaldson TWICE!!!

    • schreibdave - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      If he’s gonna throw his bat at the pitcher … he needs to work on that during BP cause he sucks at bat throwing.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Why can’t we do neither?

      Anyone who has a problem with throwing a bat, while *not* having a problem hitting batters with baseballs, is a hypocrite.

      • pciorlandosalestwopciorlandosales - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Prove the pitch was intentional. I’d say it’s a lot easier to prove someone is throwing a bat when it ends up at 3rd base, but that’s just me :)

  2. krag76 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    If that was a slip while trying to make contact ,he might want to try swinging before the game is over. The pitcher had the ball back be fore he swung at that one

  3. chiadam - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    He looks like Aaron Hernandez.

    • kiwicricket - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      What is an Aaron Hernandez?

    • rje49 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Not really; Aaron Hernandez doesn’t miss.

      • duluthbuttonhut - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Zing!!!!! I gotta admit, I laughed, cringed, and up voted within a 10 second span. Not the classiest, but damn that was funny.

  4. kiwicricket - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    You know it’s bad when ARod calls you to say “Dude, you’re being a dick”

    • scatterbrian - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      I’m guessing he would have texted, “dude your being a dick”

      • drewsylvania - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        You misspelled “dood”.

  5. deweyks - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It’s never okay to throw your bat…right, Bert Campaneris.

  6. psuorioles - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Orioles fan here, Manny is really turning into a dick.

    • juanvinny - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Sorry. I was looking forward to watching this kid’s career. Looks like he is taking the emulating A-Rod thing a little too far….

      • tmutchell - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        Remind me again when that time was that Alex Rodriguez threw a bat at an opposing pitcher?

      • larrymahnken - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        This reminds me of a discussion in the USENET group rec.sport.baseball back in 2001. In a discussion about players holding out for better contracts (particularly Gary Sheffield and Frank Thomas) a poster said “Baseball is losing fans because of players like Sheffield, Belle, and Thomas. And not because of their hitting… They can no longer relate to a**holes who bitch about their $10,000,000 paychecks.”

        To which Tom Nawrocki replied:

        “When did Albert Belle ever complain about how much he was getting paid? Talk about a lightning rod for fans’ complaints.

        “If somebody like Chris Truby was accused of satanic dismemberment, it would take about a week before people started saying, “I’m so sick of all these ballplayers like Chris Truby and Albert Belle with all their satanic rituals and the dismemberment and everything.”

        So now it’s A-Rod.

      • juanvinny - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        Hey Tmutchell, you realize that the word emulate as it pertains to behavior is not and absolute, correct?

        I think even your stupid ass owns a television and on this thing called television they show baseball. On these baseball ‘shows’, there are episodes where ARod slaps and the ball in a players glove while running to first base. There are also episodes where he is repeatedly caught using PEDS, and after denying it, gets caught again, then admits it.

        On these shows, ARod proves that he is a douche. Just like how Machado, who has said he EMULATES ARod proves he is a douche by acting like a punk when tagged and throwing bats at players after he gets caught laughing after hitting the catcher in the head with a bat…

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      very few are able to handle so much so soon…

      so much fame…

      so much expectations…

      so much money…

      It goes from a childhood game and dream to all business in an instant (as soon as you are on the big league team)… and then when a young player “breaks out” like he did, it ALL gets ratcheted up again many more levels…

  7. 1998yanks - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    This guy needs an a** kicking.

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    No respect for Machado. What kind of lame loser does something clearly intentional and clearly intended to make a statement and then won’t take responsibility for it afterward? Hey Coward, we know what you did. Don’t compound it by being a lying weasel. You were embarrassed when you fell down after getting tagged out last night, you tried to deflect the embarrassment by flinging your helmet at the third baseman, your pride was hurt when you realized how stupid you looked, and due to your immaturity, your only defense is to lash out. That’s ok, we get it, you’ll grow up eventually.

    • ctony1216 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      The weird thing is Manny is also a third baseman, and if he felt the need to get back at Donaldson for his hard tag, Manny could have just tagged an A’s player hard and the two teams would have been even.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Or he could have just kept his mouth shut after the tag and none of this would have happened. Donaldson did nothing wrong. Sure the tag “looked” hard but he was doing what he was supposed to. Machado was in the wrong there, and while I won’t condone the A’s for throwing at him during his last AB, Machado was the one who escalated it by throwing his bat. His own broadcasters said he was in the wrong for pete’s sake.

        I sure hope someone on the O’s sits him down and gives him a tongue-lashing after that. If not, then there’s a real problem with that team and it’s not just Peter Angelos.

    • ajripkengibbs - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Because pitchers who throw at players have never said “It got away”. I mean please….if you wanna think he’s weasel for throwing his bat then fine, but don’t pretend like anyone in the history of baseball has ever owned up to throwing at somebody.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Thank you for saying it’s ok for me to think Machado’s a weasel for lying. Since I never said anything about pitchers who lie about hitting batters not being weasels, the rest of your post is pretty much a straw man argument.

    • sparky1002 - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      You Sir, nailed it! Watching the antics of the man takes me back to my days playing “Little League”.

  9. maddog11896 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    You know, coming from a Brewers fan I’ve had to deal with the antics of Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun but throwing your BAT!?!?! Ok first of all, that bat was not meant to go to third base. That bat was meant to hit Fernando Abad. 2nd, you can tell it was intentional because a) the ball was already past Machado before he even took that half-effort piece of crap you can call a swing, and b) his eyes were on the pitcher the whole time.

    Now I can understand throwing a batter to a degree. Yes, it seems dumb but baseball is a funny sport like that. But Manny, what if that bat would have gone into the stands and struck someone? How would you have felt then? He should be happy he was only kicked out of the game and nobody came at him with a bat and hit him. This sport, as I said, as weird as it is… it has no room for crap like this.

    • twinfan24 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Agreed. He never even looked where the bat went, but was staring down the pitcher. If you want to pretend it was an accident, you better take some acting classes. The previous pitch came inside, but (a) it didn’t hit him and (b) it wasn’t head high, so get over it or take one for the team and let it hit you to get on base.

  10. mfrizzle - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Pretty sure Donaldson was taken out the game by this point. Didn’t look like he was on third when it happened. Bush league move by Manny. As an O’s fan, it was refreshing to hear Gary Thorne say it was intentional. No need to be a homer on stuff like that.

  11. goodellisruiningtheleague - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Where’s Eutaw’s Finest to defend this?

    • nbjays - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Why would he defend it? Eutaw has no issue with calling O’s players idiots when they deserve it.

  12. bronxbomber213 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    wwahhhh mommyyyy he tug me tooo harddddd wahhhhhhhh :-(

  13. hcf95688 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

  14. miguelcairo - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Bad move Manny, bad move.

  15. keets55 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Machado is showing his true colors as a young prima donna and Buck better get him settled down before someone really gets hurt. What strikes me is the way baseball is changing so much and so fast as the skill and ability of the players goes off the charts. Guys can just dig in and take away the outside part of the plate but the pitcher isn’t allowed to come inside?? The catcher can’t block the plate?? Umpires are routinely having their calls overturned with review??

    I suspect that in the near future a pitcher won’t simply brush Machado back, he’ll just drill him in the rib cage. Might as well if he’s gonna get ejected for protecting the inside corner, right?? If this punk kid doesn’t get his head screwed on quickly he will either get himself or a teammate hurt. I doubt if he’ll get any kind of support from the rest of the league, let alone his teammates.

    Showwalter should probably sit him for a few games and the league should use instant replay to suspend him for about 60 days.

    What he did is inexcusable.

  16. sportsfan18 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Great young player, love watching him play…

    NOT happy to see that side of him… lack of mental makeup…

    Manny, you have gobs and gobs of talent and are a joy to watch play the game both at bat and in the field…

    Please don’t act like or behave in this way…

    It’s BENEATH you Manny…

    Others will now try to “get under your skin” too because you showed them a weakness…

    And it IS a weakness, the way you reacted.

  17. flamethrower101 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    It’s really sad to see that this happened. Just a couple of years ago we were all raving about his maturity on and off the field, but this incident really smashes some of that credibility away. What an awful move on his part. He could have taken somebody’s head off that way. But he only made it worse by blatantly lying about it to the media.

    His incident w/ Norris wasn’t nearly as bad, but after watching the clips again I have to admit it looks really bad for him. All this because he didn’t like the way Donaldson tagged him on Friday. Donaldson did nothing wrong. Machado completely overreacted for no reason. If this doesn’t garner a suspension, I don’t know what the hell will

  18. bclaymoore - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Why the heck would Abad have been tossed a full pitch later? If guys throw their bats at pitches, do the pitchers now get tossed?

    Terrible umpiring. Again.

  19. schreibdave - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    If I watched his earlier at bat in isolation, I never would have thought that maybe Machado was trying to hit Norris on purpose. But seeing his reaction to Donaldson and Abad, I have to wonder now whether hitting the catcher was on purpose. Twice in a row is kind of unusual. And his judgement and motivations are now completely suspect to me. I wont ever give him the benefit of the doubt.

  20. ajripkengibbs - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Look, Machado was definitely in the wrong for the backswings hitting Norris. That’s bush league and dangerous. But to me, that’s more egregious than the bat throw. One thing that I have yet to see on any of these articles that if you watched the game or knew anything about the situation, is that Abad was intentionally throwing at Machado’s knees. His recently repaired ACL surgery knee. That’s pretty egregious too. I’m not trying to defend Machado’s other antics this weekend, but this wasn’t a case of Abad simply “brushing Machado back”. He was aiming for his knee A la the end of the original Karate Kid. “Sweep the leg Johnny”. If I were Manny I might’ve charged the mound rather than throw the bat, and I can’t defend his earlier stuff in that game and on Friday, but let’s not pretend like the A’s came outta this clean.

  21. pciorlandosalestwopciorlandosales - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    What Machado did was very intentional … a bat never ends up at third base unless you intended on throwing it.

    That being said … he should be facing a substantial suspension by the league. Tack on a hefty fine as well ….

    What he did was very very dangerous and it certainly could have caused someone serious injury.

    It should be noted that he also hit the catcher twice in the mask with two different back swings during this series.

    He is a lose cannon and someone WILL get hurt if the league does not do it’s job.

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