San Diego Padres megasigning Manny Machado says he has come to simply accept his function as a “villain” of baseball.
“I all the time would be the villain, it doesn’t matter what,” Machado instructed the New York Submit in a narrative revealed Friday. “I do not know why. That’s simply stuff I’ve to cope with, and I’ve been OK coping with that scenario. That does not hassle me.”
The perspective on Machado has developed over time, with a lot of incidents throughout final yr’s postseason run with the Los Angeles Dodgers serving as examples. Throughout the World Sequence, he stepped on Boston Crimson Sox first baseman Steve Pearce’s heel whereas operating by first base. An identical collision with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar led to the benches clearing throughout the Nationwide League Championship Sequence.
An plain expertise, Manny Machado additionally has been referred to as out for soiled play and a foul perspective. Here is a take a look at what the Padres are stepping into.
The San Diego Padres have generated practically $three million of further ticket income within the two weeks since Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract, in line with the staff’s president of enterprise operations Erik Greupner.
Machado has additionally been criticized for his remark in October that he’s “not the kind of participant that is going to be ‘Johnny Hustle.'”
However Machado, who signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, instructed the Submit he’ll concentrate on baseball and never how he’s acquired inside and out of doors the game.
“I will play my recreation, and I’m going to go down because the participant I’m,” Machado mentioned. “I can not management what folks consider me. I can not management any of that. I can solely management what I do on the sphere. I can management how good of a teammate I’m, how good of a baseball participant I’m. I’m not going to say that I do not remorse a number of the issues I’ve completed.
“I’ve completed some fairly dumb issues. I’m not going to lie. I see the issues I’ve completed, and I’ve completed some dumb issues. On the identical time, I’ve completed issues that get blown out of the water and immediately I’m that man. On the finish of the day, I play baseball and I do not let anything get in my head.”
Machado has beforehand referred to himself as a villain, after the then-Baltimore Oriole spiked the Crimson Sox’s Dustin Pedroia on a slide and was thrown at by a number of Boston pitchers throughout an April 2017 sequence.
“I feel everybody already is aware of on the market that they suppose I am the villain,” he mentioned on the time. “It is all the time me — ‘Manny all the time does one thing improper.’ You realize, it is by no means me. I simply go on the market and play a recreation that I like and depart it on the sphere.”
Machado additionally addressed his free-agency determination with the Submit, acknowledging that the Padres weren’t his first alternative however including that the staff “confirmed me the love” in its recruitment.