Manny Machado took to Instagram Live on Tuesday to give his thoughts on the league's handling of Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marinsick's suspension for colliding with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy at home plate last week.
In the process, the San Diego Padres third baseman tore into MLB Network commentators Dan Plesac and Eric Byrnes for defending Marisnick after Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez plunked Marisnick during Tuesday night's contest, a perceived retaliatory move (although Ramirez said the pitch simply got away from him).
"It is what it is. We just get crushed all the time. We get crushed," Machado says into the camera. "Talking about they threw out his head. How bout when I got thrown at my head? Nobody was backing me up. They were saying I deserved it. I deserved to get thrown at my head. God forbid someone else gets thrown [at].
"(Expletive) Plesac, this guy. Plesac and Brynes, the two biggest tools out there. They don't know what they're talking about. … They got to protect their people. Machado? Forget about Machado. 'Machado,' that's the key word. 'Machado.' Latino."
"If it was me? I probably would have got 20 games. Twenty games 100 percent," Machado said of Marisnick's suspension, which lasted two games. "But Byrnes, he knows everything about the game. He knows everything."
It's not surprising for Machado to have such a strong reaction to Byrnes, considering that the analyst had some words in a since-deleted tweet during the postseason last year.
"He is an absolute embarrassment & represents everything that's WRONG with baseball," Byrnes wrote.
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The double standard between Machado being suspended for arguing balls and strikes earlier this year, which drew the ire of the Umpires Association, and Marisnick being given one more game for a violent play irked the 26-year-old.
"I just want people out there to understand where we're coming from," he said. "Understand what it really is. Don't listen to these guys here on TV. They don't know what they're talking about.
"Latinos, we got to stick together all day. Siempre juntos (always together)."
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