Yelich on Machado: 'A dirty play by a dirty player'

Manny Machado slides into Orlando Arcia

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Game 4 of the NLCS between the Brewers and Dodgers was full of drama.

The benches cleared and Machado was suspended for five games, although he initially said the bat slipped out of his hands accidentally.

Aguilar's right foot was on first base, and it appeared Machado intentionally kicked it with his left foot out of frustration after being called out.

"He's a player who has a history of those types of incidents", said Yelich. "I mean, I don't know, call it what you want".

If you're Machado, it's hard to deny that it wasn't a dirty play, considering he went out of his way to clip Aguilar's foot, and now he's facing the consequences for acting like an absolute fool.

If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked if Manny Machado was a dirty player in the last few days - I could pay the fine for him. "I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that".

Back in Game 2, Machado failed to run out a grounder in what turned out to be a one-run game.

The Athletic first reported that Machado was fined.

"If that's dirty, that's dirty", Machado said, according to

Players run through the first-base bag and avoid such collisions all the time, but Machado was in the middle of a frustrating day. "What happens on the field stays on the field".

"We are family. We go back to the minor leagues", Machado said in another postgame interview. In the 13th inning Tuesday night, he singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the winning run on Cody Bellinger's walk-off single, just beating the tag at home plate. The big question now is how much this latest kerfuffle will impact his value when he enters the free agent market in November.

"We all want something to talk about and you guys [the media] do, too, and that's great", he said.

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