Manny Machado is not exactly endearing himself to opposing teams, fans, or potential suitors this offseason.
After causing controversy with his aggressive slides into second base during the NLCS series with the Brewers, and then on Tuesday saying he isn’t a “Johnny Hustle” type of player, Machado has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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He did so again Tuesday night when he appeared to purposefully kick the leg of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Machado was running out a routine grounder to first base that Aguilar received with his foot on the bag, leaving plenty of space for Machado to step.
But a slowed down look at the broadcast seemed to show Machado looking down at Aguilar’s leg and kicking it as he hit the base.
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Aguilar rightly took issue and had words for Machado, who unsurprisingly didn’t feel as though he did anything wrong. The benches very briefly cleared, but nothing escalated more than that.
Machado will be a free agent this offseason and is looking to lock down a record contract. The Yankees are potential suitors with Didi Gregorius out for significant time due to Tommy John surgery.
It’s not the greatest timing for Machado to be showing a lack of hustle or shades of being a dirty player.