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I’d like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for a World Series title. Wearing that iconic Dodger Blue everyday was truly an honor. To Doc, the coaching staff and the boys, it was a privilege going into battle with all of you! Something I’ll never forget!! Thank you to the Dodgers staff and front office for welcoming me and my wife with open arms from day one. To the Dodger Faithful and Pantone 294, you guys are amazing! 50,000 strong, bleeding Dodger Blue night in and night out. Thank you for making my experience as a Dodger, one I will cherish forever. I know we didn’t achieve our goal of bringing a championship back to Chavez Ravine, but there is no doubt in my mind that with this group of guys a World Series Title is on the horizon. Gracias por hacerme sentir como en casa. El Ministro
This is no surprise at all. Machado was just a rental for the Dodgers. Their star shortstop Cory Seager went down for the whole year because of Tommy John. The Dodgers don’t have room to keep Machado with Turner at third and Seager coming back. Even the Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi knew Machado would be a rental when asked if Machado would re-sign he answered with, “we hope Machado can make a good market for himself.” via USA Today.
Now the summer of Machado begins. He did not do himself any favors in the postseason. He batted .182 in the World Series and .176 in the NLDS. He did bat .296 in the NLCS but a player of his talent should not have these numbers.
Machado also became enemy number one during the playoffs. He spiked not just one but TWO players this postseason.
Machado intentionally tried to hurt both Pearce and Aguilar. He was clearly out on both throws and he was upset so he tried to take his anger out on them. Just a thought for Machado here umm maybe hustle down the line so it can be a close play at first. Machado is more concerned about how big of a bubble he can blow while running to first.
His own GM agrees that his lack of hustle was evident and a bad look.
Regarding free agent Manny Machado, Friedman and Zaidi agreed his occasional lack of hustle was a bad look, but they are convinced Machado cared about the team and took responsibility for it.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 1, 2018
He is only 26 years old and has all the talent in the world. One team out there will over look his clown act this postseason and give him somewhere near $400 million. The Phillies are the favorite to land Machado at Even odds. It will be intersting to see where he lands. Before the deadline everyone was saying New York and I’m not ruiling that out.