Manny Machado Denies Playing Dirty After Late Slide Into Pitcher’s Mound

MILWAUKEE—Emphasizing he was not going to apologize for playing hard, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado denied that he was a dirty player after a late slide into Corey Knebel on the pitcher’s mound. “I wasn’t trying to hurt him, that was just a normal spikes-first dive into someone’s shin at the pitcher’s mound. I’m just trying to win like everyone else,” said Machado, adding that it isn’t against the rules to throw a handful of dirt into a shortstop’s eyes on your way to third base. “All I was trying to do was make sure he wouldn’t be able to pitch for the rest of the playoffs. He’s doing his job and I am doing mine. If you think it’s dirty of me to bowl over a player trying to make a catch in right field, then call it dirty. I call it playing baseball.” At press time, Machado was trying to explain that charging the first baseman while swinging your bat was an “unwritten rule of the game.”

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