Major League Baseball decided to fine Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado following an incident during Tuesday night’s game between the Dodgers and Brewers.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic would be first to report the fine.
MLB has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar last night, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 17, 2018
The incident occurred in the bottom of the 10th inning after Machado grounded out. While running through first base, made contact with Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
Below is a visual of the incident at first base.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 17, 2018
The benches and bullpens cleared as a result, but nothing else came of it. Then in the 13th inning when Machado reached base, he appeared to apologize to Aguilar. The Dodgers would win the game 2-1 in 13 innings. And while nothing more came from the event, a handful of Brewers players — two that vocalized concern: Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw — chastised Machado’s actions and labeled Machado a “dirty player.”
This isn’t the first time he’s created controversy in the series either. In Game 3 while sliding into second base, Machado appeared to reach out with his hand to prevent shortstop Orlando Arcia from turning a double play. He was called for interference. Machado’s actions in Game 4 later followed. This, obviously, sparked a discussion about the fairness of his playing style.
But Machado would deny the “dirty player” allegations.
“I was trying to get over him and hit his foot,” Machado said via ESPN. “If that’s dirty, that’s dirty. I don’t know. Call it what you want.”
Before Game 5 Wednesday afternoon Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the club was not concerned by the opposing team’s comments. And. that the team would continue to focus on winning another game. The Dodgers did just that on Wednesday afternoon. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he didn’t expect warnings before the game. He remained focused on his team’s road to the World Series.
“We all want something to talk about, and you guys [the media] do, too, and that’s great,” Counsell said. “But man, you know, there’s easy terms to put this day in, and these next four days in, that would center on accomplishing your dreams, that make that other stuff really pretty meaningless.”
The Dodgers took a 3-2 NLCS lead on Wednesday. Game 6 comes at us Friday, and the Brewers need to win them both to move on.