Manny Machado Reportedly Fined for Running into Jesus Aguilar in NLCS

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers exchange words during the tenth inning in Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado received an undisclosed fine for running into Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar's ankle, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday.

In the 10th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Machado appeared to drag his left foot as he was running down the first base line to deliberately make contact with Aguilar.


Benches clear for a moment in #NLCS Game 4 after an incident at 1st base between Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar. https://t.co/mWZ4TuK69W

After the game, Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich called Machado a "dirty player" and said he "has a history of those types of incidents," per Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News:

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"It's a dirty play by a dirty player. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that." Christian Yelich on Manny Machado https://t.co/TocySpu8fK

Machado denied he purposefully kicked Aguilar.

"I was trying to get over him and hit his foot," he said, per ESPN.com's Arash Markazi. "If that's dirty, that's dirty. I don't know, call it what you want."

Last year, Machado received criticism after his spike caught Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's left knee while the then-Baltimore Oriole slid into second base. MLB suspended him for five contests in 2014 after he threw his bat down the third base line in a game against the Oakland Athletics.

In Game 3 of the NLCS, the umpiring crew called Machado out for interference while he was sliding into second. Upon a video review, the umpires determined he had intentionally slid away from the bag to disrupt Orlando Arcia's throw to first.

Machado scored the winning run for the Dodgers on Tuesday night, coming around from second on a 13th-inning single by Cody Bellinger.

The four-time All-Star is 6-for-17 with a home run and three RBI in the series.


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