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Everybody Hates Manny

Blowback from Manny Machado’s bat-throwing tantrum continues, as Machado’s Baltimore teammates and general manager jump on the dogpile.

I predicted that O’s manager Buck Showalter would go all Ward Cleaver on Manny, teaching him a valuable lesson in sportsmanship, then tousling Machado’s hair and giving him a quarter for the ice cream truck. But it seems the justice came from Machado’s Oriole teammates, who held a players-only meeting Monday where Machado apologized up, down and sideways to his fellow O’s.

After a tense weekend series against Oakland, Machado flung his bat down the third base line late in a Sunday blowout. He also smacked A’s catcher Derek Norris on the head twice with his long, looping backswing. He claims that wasn’t intentional, but Machado did appear to be smirking a little while Norris cleared the cobwebs after the conking.

MLB has suspended Machado five games for his weird outburst, a suspension that Machado’s appealing. Veteran slugger Chris Davis hasn’t been shy about publicly chastising his teammate for acting like a baby. Davis also thinks Machado should dump the appeal and serve his time. Clubhouse leader Adam Jones expressed similar sentiment yesterday. “You do the crime, you do the time. He understands it. He learned he can’t do what he did.”

Machado spent most of Monday telling everyone how sorry he is. But it doesn’t seem to have stuck.

In addition to his teammates’ displeasure, Machado earned a threat from GM Dan Duquette.

“He needs to make a living at the big league level,” Duquette told The Baltimore Sun. “And if he can’t, it’s an option to send him to the minors … I think Manny needs to re-establish himself as a big leaguer this season. And I hope he can do it and it is with us.”


There’s even muttering about the company Machado keeps, as a bro-fest photo of Manny and Alex Rodriguez at a Jay Z concert last January surfaced again.

It’s unlikely that Machado will be demoted. But he’s sure not having any fun this week.

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