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Dallas Braden: Former Orioles SS Manny Machado 'Makes You Take Pause'

October 24, 2018
Former Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado helped the Los Angeles Dodgers reach the World Series, but former Oakland Athletics pitcher and Barstool Sports contributor Dallas Braden believes the star shortstop's on-field antics finally crossed the line during the playoffs.

Before making it to the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Machado and the Dodgers faced the Milwaukee Brewers in a hard-fought, seven-game National League Championship Series.

However, despite solid play from Machado during the series, a collision between Machado and Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 painted an ugly picture of the Dodgers star for Braden. 

"For Manny Machado to change his gait and drag his foot and clip Aguilar the way he did, there is no other video you need to see," Braden said on Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 17. "There's no explanation you need to hear to tell you what was going on there."

While Braden does not believe Machado was not trying to seriously injure Aguilar on the play, he does believe Machado's supposed misstep was deliberate and is part of a dangerous pattern in the young shortstop's career.

"Manny has been that guy who's done it with aggression," Braden said. "It's not in an effort to hurt people. … It makes you take pause, scratch your head, and go, 'Bro, really?'"

Since coming into the league, Machado has been involved in his share of on-field incidents. Machado had an altercation with the Athletics in 2014 and brawled with former Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in 2016.  

Machado had a dust-up with the Red Sox in 2017. Machado slid into second base to try to break up a double play but caught Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the leg with his cleats.  That triggered retaliation from Boston.  

Braden sees a similarity between Machado's behavior and that of former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who also had several on-field incidents of his own while playing in the majors. 

"That's kind of what Manny Machado has turned into, is somebody that just kind of leaves that bad taste in your mouth," Braden said. "Just like I've always said with A-Rod is, 'They're so damn good, they're so good. Why would you behave this way?'"

As free agency approaches for Machado this offseason, Braden suspects the Gold Glove infielder's antics will not be popular with the team that signs him. 

"You don't even want to have that looming if you don't have to. That's why people do their homework when you're signing this kind of money over to an individual," Braden said. "Maybe Manny Machado is revealing himself to be somebody that folks might not want to fully get on board with."

For more from Braden, listen to the full interview here:

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