I never expected Manny Machado‘s five-game suspension to be reduced. Truthfully, I don’t think even he did. But I was surprised by two things:
1. A’s reliever Fernando Abad was not suspended for throwing at Machado’s previously injured knee.
2. The league suspended Machado for four games because he tossed his bat toward third base. The other game? MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko fills us in:
One game of Machado’s suspension is related to an incident two nights earlier when he took exception to a tag from A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson, which he considered too aggressive. Machado threw his helmet while falling backward, jumped to his feet and got in Donaldson’s face as benches and bullpens emptied.
One game for the incident at third? Neither Machado nor Donaldson were ejected. Did Machado get the fifth game for slamming his helmet? For yelling at Donaldson?
That part is a bit confusing.
Again, I’m not saying that five games isn’t warranted, but the reasoning for the suspension can certainly be questioned.