06/18 08:03 CDT Padres' Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game ban
Padres' Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game ban
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) --- San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made contact
with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third
strike Saturday night and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine.
"I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so
we'll see what happens," Machado said before Monday night's game with Milwaukee.
MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for
"aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke.
Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but
everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and
we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the
right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it.
"You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for
The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by Welke
in the fifth inning Saturday night at Colorado after a called third strike.
Asked if Welke indicated at the time that there was contact, Machado said: "He
pointed but I was way too into the zone on letting him hear what I had to say
on what I thought about the whole call. I didn't touch him. I didn't think I
touched him. Video says it all. ... I think we've got a good case. I don't
think anyone's ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes. I
think that's a little too much, a little unjustified, but there's a process to
this and we're going to go through it."
The 26-year-old Machado is batting .261 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for the
Padres after signing a $300 million, 10-year contract in spring training.
Manager Andy Green, who was ejected an inning after Machado was tossed,
declined comment. "I'll hold my thoughts to myself," he said.
Asked about MLB's contention there was contact, Green said: "I know Bill Welke
said there was contact."
Machado's ejection forced the Padres to use rookie sensation Fernando Tatis
Jr., who was supposed to get the night off. The Padres lost, 14-8.
"In Manny's case, he was ejected the last time in 2016," Green said. "This
isn't a habit. This is not who he is consistently. If we were running into an
issue with any of the guys were getting ejected, they're not on the field of
play, he knows what his impact is for us. There are moments you have to allow
that opportunity to let out some frustration, back a guy up because you love
his passion. ... That guy was so locked into winning baseball games and series.
He has been all year. You could feel like he was not letting the guys on the
team quit no matter how many runs we got down."
The Padres split the four-game series, with the teams combining for 92 runs,
the most in a four-game series since 1900. They rallied from a six-run deficit
in the ninth inning to win 16-12 on Friday night and rallied from a three-run
deficit in the ninth on Sunday to win 14-13.
Machado homered three times and drove in six runs in the series.
"Manny's passion was there all series long, leading us to victory, and if
there's a moment like that from time to time, I can live with it," Green said.
On April 2, Welke called Machado out in an unusual batter's interference call
against Arizona after he dropped his bat near John Ryan Murphy as the
Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup. That disputed decision led to
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