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Report: Manny Machado Will Be Suspended Five Games

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was a major catalyst behind Sunday’s Orioles-Athletics skirmish, when he threw his bat down the third-base line in the eighth inning of the game.

But he’ll only be suspended five games for his actions, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown. And his suspension is scheduled to begin in today’s game against the Red Sox.

Am kinda surprised that the league office didn’t send a message and hit him with closer to ten games. Machado did fling his bat—”helicopter style”—which compromises the safety of the other players around him. Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson could’ve been hit—or even worse, a fan. And his intent was clear. It was late in the game, and he wanted fireworks.

ESPN’s Buster Olney seems to feel the same way.

Does the punishment fit the crime? You be the judge. Here’s a highlight video which recaps the events that took place leading up to Sunday’s skirmish.

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