Brewers’ Christian Yelich rips Manny Machado, calls him ‘dirty player’

Manny Machado slides into Orlando Arcia

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Manny Machado has been the focal point of the National League Championship Series between his Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Instead of focusing on the Dodgers' victory over the Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS, Manny Machado's decision to clip Jesús Aguilar at first base stole the majority of the headlines.

Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar last night, sources tell The Athletic.

"He's a player that has a history of those types of incidents", Milwaukee slugger Christian Yelich said.

Sure, Jesus Aguilar is a little more on top of the base than a first baseman should be, and I expect that Machado was trying to register a complaint in a physical way. If that's dirty, that's dirty, I don't know, call it what you want."The two teams will take the field Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for Game 5 of the NLCS".

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Asked if he regrets the comment, O'Rourke said: "I don't know that that's the way that I want to be talking in this campaign". Even O'Rourke conceded to moderator Dana Bash, "I know that this not politically easy or convenient to talk about".

Brewers manager Craig Counsell offered his thoughts on Machado, saying, "I guess they got tangled up at first base".

Manny Machado incited a bench-clearing standoff on Tuesday night, then evoked some extremely harsh words from the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse.

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. "That's just not my personality, that's not my cup of tea, that's not who I am".

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Machado ran out a ground ball to shortstop (something he doesn't, admittedly, often do) when chaos ensued. In fact, established members of the baseball community have said that Machado was not in the wrong. "What happens on the field stays on the field". The big question now is how much this latest kerfuffle will impact his value when he enters the free agent market in November. "You have 30 owners (who) all want you right now. That's not who I am".

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