Bellinger hitting leadoff for Dodgers vs Brewers in Game 5

Sherman Parsons
October 19, 2018

"I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that". Repeated over and over and over again, you're just a dirty player. His response, "I don't know".

When Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked whether Machado was going beyond the grounds of playing hard, he said, "I don't think he's playing all that hard".

Of course, if Machado were having a bad postseason, it would be easier to make all of the criticism stick, but he leads all postseason hitters with nine RBIs and is tied with three other players for the home run lead (three).

While the Milwaukee Brewers didn't shy away from calling Machado a "dirty player", the Major League Baseball doesn't believe that his actions warrant a suspension.

Outfielder Christian Yelich went off after the game, calling the play "dirty". "I was trying to get over him and hit his foot". You can say it wasn't on goal, this and that, but it's a dirty play.

Machado already had drawn the ire of ex-players and old-school baseball men from Jim Palmer to Eric Byrnes with his occasional lack of hustle.

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"It was a tough-fought baseball game". We've all grounded out.

The pregame panel on Fox Sports 1, which included Alex Rodríguez, David Ortiz and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, came to Machado's defense by pointing out the number of games he has played over the past four years (all but 11 out of 648 regular-season games) and correctly observing that Machado suffered a severe knee injury landing awkwardly on the edge of the first base bag in 2013.

Machado, whose late slide previous year injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, has been checked a couple times in this NLCS because of close slides into second.

Some have questioned Machado's sportsmanship since he tossed his bat toward third base during an incident against the Oakland Athletics in 2014.

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