BALTIMORE – Manny Machado wasn’t in the clubhouse during the time it was open to the media. The Orioles did not make him available to the media at large, but in an interview with MASN Sports, Machado expressed remorse for his actions on Sunday.
Machado was ejected after Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad threw two pitches close to him. After the second pitch, Machado threw his bat toward third base and was ejected.
“I definitely want to apologize to all my teammates, my coaching staff, the organization and to Oakland, and the fans also, the way I overreacted,” Machado said.
“It was a frustrating weekend, and I let my emotions get the best of me.”
The Athletics said that Machado did not show any remorse for his backswings that forced catcher Derek Norris to leave the game.
“I want to apologize to Derek. That wasn’t intentional. I didn’t realize how hard I hit him with the bat,” Machado said.
Manager Buck Showalter said it could be another 24 or 48 hours before the Orioles hear if Machado will be suspended.
“It’s crossed my mind. We’ll wait and see what [MLB] will come up with,” Machado said.
Showalter, who spoke to the media about Machado while the Orioles held a meeting to discuss the situation, said he understood why Oakland had taken particular exception to the backswings.
“I can understand how they would have felt that way,” Showalter said.
“Talking to Manny about it, he felt like that with everything going on, they really didn’t want to hear that. Manny’s had six or seven of those this season. They’re not intentional. It’s just the way he swings.”
Showalter said it was clear that Fernando Abad was brought in the game to throw at Machado.
“It was pretty obvious what Abad was there for,” Showalter said.
After Abad and Machado were tossed, Showalter explicitly told T.J. McFarland not to retaliate.
“It’s very easy to walk down the bench and tell McFarland to hit somebody. OK? That’s easy. It takes more guts to go over there and say, ‘no.’ I’m not going to be standing at home plate and somebody’s gut blood coming upside the ear after an intentional beaning,” Showalter said.
Showalter said that the Orioles have made plans in case Machado is lost for a few games.
“You could stick your head in your sand or you could realize there’s always that possibility,” Showalter said. “There are really not a whole lot of plans you can make. It’s not like you can replace a player if that happens.”
In less than two years, the 21-year-old Machado has made a great debut in the major leagues, played in the postseason, made wonderful plays in the field, gotten key hits and suffered a serious knee injury. Now, this.
“Manny’s had a things thrown at him that he hasn’t had in his life. There are some challenges that he’s facing he’s going to deal with and we’re going to help him deal with. I’m hoping in the long run it makes him stronger,” Showalter said.