Machado on his suspension
Third baseman Manny Machado’s five-game suspension, stemming from a June 8 incident against the A’s, was upheld Monday after an appeal hearing last week and now starts tonight. I’ll have a full story up on Orioles.com shortly, but here is what Machado had to say…
[on if he thought he had a good case] “I think so. I think we made a great case and unfortunately it didn’t go down. So we’re just gonna have to deal with the consequences and that’s it.”
[on the precedent of 4 game suspensions and if he understands why it went 5] “Learn from this situation. Make a better case from here on forward.
“I didn’t throw the bat at the pitcher. I didn’t harm anybody. And I’m going to get 5 games. I didn’t charge the mound. I didn’t get in a fight. But it is what it is and now I have to serve the five games and we are going to be down a man and I’m not going to be able to help my team in these key games that are coming up going into that Boston series. This is an unfortunate event and I’m going to have to deal with it.”
[on what he learned] “Don’t do it again. Don’t do it again. You don’t want to be in this situation. No one wants to be in it. We’ll just go from here and try to put this behind me. And just go on playing baseball.”
[on what he will do while suspended] “Working. There’s a lot of work to be done, a long season ahead of me so I have to keep working. This will give me some time off to recuperate, let my body get better. Keep working try to get my swing back.”
[on if it's more disappointing because he was starting to swinging so well] “Definitely. It just sucks. I was starting to feel a little better at the plate and here they come with that bomb, five games. But you can’t do nothing about it. It was going to come. It was just about time to come. Unfortunately it came in the wrong spot but hey, nothing you can do about it.”
[on when he found out] “This morning, and it’s very disappointing. I’m not going to stand here and smile about it and be excited about missing five games. Just go about it, put it behind us and serve the five games.
[on if he's surprised how long it took to come to a decision on the appeal] “Definitely. I thought it was going to come quicker but I’m glad it came now I guess in a way. I was able to play a couple more games and help my team win one way or the other. It is what it is.”
[on the Orioles playing a man short] “That’s the worst part about it. We’re down a man. Obviously I don’t want to put my team in that situation, especially five tough games. We’ve got Texas now and then Boston, which is a key series for us. We’re down a man now. That’s what sucks about this whole thing. I’ve got to stay here and watch the games and know I can’t be out there on the field trying to help my team whichever way. But I have a strong feeling, we’re a great team and we’re going to put this behind us and go out there and battle.”
[on his reputation now] “People make bad mistakes in their lives, but all you can do is learn from it and keeping play the game how I play. I’m not going to change how I play the game. Play the game the right way. Play hard and just playing baseball, hopefully people see it that way. Just go to out there and show it.”
[on if he got something out of the appeal] “Definitely. When we went in for an appeal I thought we had a good case, we had a great case. We said what we had to say. It didn’t come out how we wanted it to but going into the appeal you know it’s gong to 50-50. it’s something you can’t control. I think we did the right thing, it’s a flip of the coin and we came up short. I guess it just didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.”