BALTIMORE—Manny Machado didn’t make the decision to drop the appeal of his four-game suspension on his own. He spoke with manager Buck Showalter and Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about the timing of it.
Originally, there was a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, but the Orioles knew the suspension wasn’t going to be reduced.
“Just trying to get this past us,” Machado said. “We all sat down together and came up with a situation to try to see what was best for the team, not to wait around and let this keep lingering.”
The Orioles had hoped that J.J. Hardy would return from the disabled list, and he did on Saturday, allowing the Orioles to be with at least one of their top players on the left side of the infield.
“I know I’m going to be down for a couple of days, but with J.J. back now and how the team has been playing, hopefully they can pick up some slack and I won’t be missed as much as I [might] be,” Machado said.
“I have confidence in my teammates they are going to go out there and play every day and pick up for the mistake that I did. I’ll be off the team for a little bit and I’ve got confidence in them that they’re going to go out there and keep playing good baseball. I’m looking forward to getting past this and back on the field.”
Machado knew that the June 7 fight with Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura would cost him. He knew that the four games weren’t going to be reduced even though Ventura managed a one-game reduction to eight games.
“I don’t think they were trying to (negotiate with me). I think MLB felt it was fair what they gave me and I don’t think they were going to get it down, which is, I mean, it’s their opinion against mine and I think we had a good case,” Machado said. “I think they were pretty strong on the four games. Which I think is not right that he’s going to be missing one start and I’m going to be missing four games. I think I’m more valuable as a player to my teammates than he is as a starter and he’s just gonna miss one for the incident he did?
“I mean, this whole problem started with him, so why do I get four and he gets one? That’s all up to MLB to figure out and why they did that…All I can say is I wish whoever is making those opinions could step in the batter’s box and try to get hit by a 99-mph fastball.”
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