Machado’s suspension stems from the series against the Oakland Athletics, in which Manny had an altercation with third baseman Josh Donaldson and also threw his bat down the third-base line after being thrown out.
I want to say I agree with this suspension before I start my rant on how the MLB is flawed. Machado acted childish and deserves the five-game suspension.
Now here’s what I don’t understand; what makes it right to suspend a player five games for throwing a bat down line but no suspension is handed out for throwing at a batter?
I’m talking about Oakland’s pitcher Fernando Abad, who threw a fastball at Manny’s head and contributed to Machado losing his cool.
The MLB decided to fine Abad for the incident, but didn’t even mention the idea of suspending the pitcher.
These actions by the MLB give the notion that it’s not OK to throw the bat down the line, but it’s okay to throw a fastball at a batter around the head area.
Let’s revisit another incident in which the MLB decided to let things slide.
A year ago, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz struck out at Camden Yards and decided to take his anger by destroying the dugout phone with his bat.
The incident even almost caused Ortiz to hit teammate Dustin Pedroia.
However, Ortiz wasn’t’ suspended for swinging his bat around in the dugout like a child. He wasn’t even fined for it.
Like I said; I firmly believe Manny Machado deserves his suspension, as he showed an immature side to him during the A’s series.
However, the MLB needs to be fair with its suspensions and stop letting certain things slide, while others don’t.
What I’ve learned is you can destroy a dugout phone and throw at a batter’s head: just don’t throw your bat down the line.