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Manny Machado will have his five-game suspension appeal heard Wednesday in Baltimore

Jun 24, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball gave a five-game suspension to Manny Machado after he chucked his bat in the direction of A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson on June 8 at Camden Yards. Machado appealed that suspension immediately to remain active, and his case is finally going to be heard on Wednesday in Baltimore according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will be in attendance with Machado at the hearing, which is expected to yield a ruling sometime this weekend. Kubatko says the Orioles, “citing precedents, are confident that Machado’s suspension will be reduced.”

The problem is there aren’t many precedents to so blatantly throwing a bat at an opposing player on the follow-through of a swing — an action that led to both benches clearing. Here’s the video …

Donaldson put a hard tag on Machado two days earlier and A’s reliever Fernando Abad threw inside twice during the plate appearance that led to the bat toss, but Machado’s behavior was still pretty childish.

  1. mlbfan8898 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Take the punishment already before baseball fans completely disown you.

    • jennstergersburnedretinas - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      I haven’t heard of a disown Machado movement. He made a stupid mistake and s going to be punished for it, why not go through the process provided to the player by the CBA?

  2. johnnysoda - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    If they reduced the suspension, that would be an absolute disgrace. He’s lucky he didn’t get more days.

    • randomdigits - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      One of the days was for the altercation Friday. How is that one valid? Since when can you just tack on something from a couple days prior?

      And of course, as a point of comparison, Clemens tossed a bat shard AT a player and didn’t get any suspension. Machado pretty obviously wasn’t aiming at anyone.

      How is what he did more dangerous then when Ortiz almost hit Pedroia last year when Ortiz decided to destroy a phone in the dugout? (also no suspension)

  3. rbj1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I wish they could add time.

  4. jacobk621 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    He was baited ,, he made a mistake ,, he’s young ,, he”ll learn from it ,, move on people !!

    • infieldhit - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      I propose a suspension for punctuation abuse.

    • clydeserra - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      We are tying to move on. he can take his suspension and we will have moved on.

      And, baited?

      • jennstergersburnedretinas - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        My the hand wringing is in full swing.

        A) He is going to be suspended.
        B) He is appealing because he can and why not?
        C) He apologized.
        D) Move on.

      • clydeserra - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        A) yes
        B) of course
        C) no he didn’t
        D) I have, I am replying to someone who doesn’t seem to grasp reality.

        i am not hand wringing. Even though i am an A’s fan, I don’t really care. I am not going to mock Machado when he comes to the Coliseum. He was an idiot. I have bigger concerns

  5. Stiller43 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Shoulda been 10+ initially. I can only hope they correct the original ruling upon appeal

  6. hcf95688 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    What took so long?

  7. msolo1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Callaspo was playing 3rd at the time… The bat was thrown down the line and not where he was playing. No matter what the circumstances, it was still absolutely wrong and a bush league move. I thought, as an O’s fan, he was going to get 10 games and I was fine with that. Just know that they weren’t originally looking for a reduction, just a delay. They were only carrying one extra infielder at the time and about to start a series with Boston and then on to Toronto. If a reduction happens now, it is because everyone has pretty much moved on from it except when the media brings it back up the next time we play Oakland.

  8. annapterp - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Expect it to be reduced by at least 1 game to 4 based on precedent.(Trot Nixon 2002). I’m guessing it will be more than that to 3 games. Anyone wanting a longer suspension or thinking he should not have appealed is being ridiculous. Really wasn’t that big a deal.

  9. sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Manny, upon further review, we’re banning you for 10 games.


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