Jun 8, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) throws his bat after an inside pitch during the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Athletics won 11-1. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Machado and the Flying Bat Incident


There is no way to get around it. The Orioles had a horrible day at the ballpark on Sunday by losing to the A’s 11-1, and Manny Machado did not distinguish himself whatsoever with a bat-flying incident.

Clearly, Machado is frustrated at the level of play of the Orioles and his own inability to produce at a level he expects of himself as a budding star in the sport.

Just as clearly, Manny threw his bat after a close pitch … all of this at the end of a weekend of conflict and competitive posturing. Surely there is also some sensitivity to balls coming at his knees.

I like some fire and competitive fervor, and I believe this Orioles team of nice, nice people could use a bit more of such attitude. But Manny’s actions this weekend are not the best at all. Some veterans, Buck … someone … needs to talk to him about some perspective and appropriate demeanor.

When things happen like the Manny Machado bat-flying incident, the fans and others on Twitter have such creative things to say …

Here is one from MASN’s fan-favorite writer Roch Kubatko:

There is definitely some wisdom in this one:

This one seemed to be the predominant feeling of calm Orioles fans:

Though there were a few defensive statements about Manny, this sentiment was more common:

Manny can get a fraction of a pass because of his age, but that pass won’t last long without a healthy-sounding response and behavior pattern:

This is creative: I like this one:

This is a scary thought, especially since Manny and ARod have spent time together in Florida:


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