Manny Machado Had Strong Words For the Red Sox

Manny Machado went off on the Red Sox after tonight’s game. Frankly, it’s hard to blame him. For the second time in little more than a week, the Orioles superstar had a pitch thrown behind him by a Boston pitcher. This time it was Chris Sale, who sent Machado a message in the first inning of a game the Red Sox went on to win 5-2. Machado took Sale deep in the seventh inning, and his response to being headhunted was even more powerful than the bomb he hit over the Green Monster.

Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:

“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) pitchers out there with (bleep) balls in their hand, throwing 100 MPH, trying to hit people. I have a (bleep) bat, too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But do you know what? I’ll get suspended for the year, and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

Machado is right. Throwing behind a hitter isn’t cool. Yes, the bad blood began when his late, hard slide injured Dustin Pedroia, but it appeared as the episode was behind both teams, and that cooler heads would prevail. Chris Sale thought otherwise, and Machado didn’t like that too much.

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David Laurila grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now writes about baseball from his home in Cambridge, Mass. He authored the Prospectus Q&A series at Baseball Prospectus from December 2006-May 2011 before being claimed off waivers by FanGraphs. He can be followed on Twitter @DavidLaurilaQA.

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ChippersJonesing
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ChippersJonesing

People who intentionally throw deadly projectiles at other, defenseless, non-threatening, human-beings are bad people.

Sale should’ve been tossed as soon as he did it, the Red Sox already got their warning a couple days ago.

JDX
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JDX

While I agree with your statement, I think there is a differentiation between throwing “at” someone and throwing “near” someone.

Like Machado alludes to, if Sale had wanted to hit Machado he would have. Therefore, Sale did not throw “at” Machado. Still should have been tossed out, but perhaps we don’t need to call Chris Sale a bad person when he did not, in fact, throw the ball at Manny Machado.

jdbolick
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When a pitch from a left-hander ends up behind a right-handed batter, the intent was clearly to hit him.

SoxWatcher
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SoxWatcher

While I agree that the whole retaliation thing is tedious and stupid – I have to disagree with this statement.

When you’re trying to hit a guy and miss, it looks like what Eduardo Rodriguez did the other night — three misses between the batter and the plate. Sale wasn’t trying to hit him – (this seems to be the new “message” approach, without giving up a base) he was “making a (stupid) statement” by throwing well behind him.

JDX
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JDX

Agree 100%. It is stupid and he should be penalized for it.

Just trying to say hitting someone is worse than not hitting someone. Apparently people disagree.

SoxWatcher
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SoxWatcher

When Barnes threw at Machado’s head, he should be tossed without warning, IMO. (and suspended, as he was)

A pitch like Bundy’s HBP the other night – midsection area – even if I thought it was intentional, I wouldn’t “toss without warning” on that.

Further down the scale, Sale’s “throw behind the batter, low (if you freeze-frame the pitch, it was closer to knee-height than it was to even waist-height) I’d see as less an offense. I’d rather not see any “throw-at-the-batter” retaliation, but if players feel they need to engage in that, throwing behind, is better than throwing AT, and throwing AT the hip, is better than throwing at, high. Better would be if players could find a better way to “send a message” altogether.

JDX
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JDX

You’re right. A perennial Cy Young candidate can’t throw a baseball behind a right handed batter. Get a fucking clue.

I’m not defending the action, because even throwing behind someone is wrong, just stating that there is a difference between hitting someone and throwing behind someone. The law agrees. That is why there are different penalties for murder and attempted murder. The end result matters as much as the intent, and since you aren’t Chris Sale, you don’t know if he tried to hit Machado or not. The fact is, he did not hit Machado.

I’m not sure why this is a controversial statement…

bglick4
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bglick4

I mean, attempted murder, what even is that? They don’t give a Nobel Prize for attempted chemistry.