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Former Orioles Machado Under Scrutiny Again

Accused of stealing signs in World Series

October 26, 2018 - 10:20 am

By Austin Medina  

Former Orioles star Manny Machado has been under intense scrutiny since joining the Dodgers in July.

The Orioles traded Machado to Los Angeles for five minor-league prospects, headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz.

Even though the Dodgers trail 0-2 in the World Series, the Red Sox found another way to complain. Boston accused Machado of stealing signs in Game 2 Wednesday.

Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie brought light to the “sign-stealing” in an interview with Bleacher Report.

"I wish I would have gone out there before the [Yasiel> Puig at-bat, before he came up in that situation, because I saw the whole thing," according to an article by Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

The big thing here is none of this is deemed illegal. Stealing signs have been a part of the game since the origin of the sport. This complaint appears more gamesmanship than anything else.

LeVangie acknowledged that there want any wrongdoing here, saying "Oh, it's clean, it's baseball. If you're not hiding your stuff with a runner on second base and you're giving them a free view, that's on you, the pitcher and the catcher."

This isn’t the first time Machado has been under scrutiny since joining the Dodgers. In a NLCS game against the Brewers, Machado refused to run-out a groundball. His comments after about his lack of hustle were even more concerning.

Then there was the incident at first-base when Machado kicked first baseman Jesus Aguilar. After the game, many players called the play “dirty”. Machado responded by saying “If that’s dirty, that’s dirty. I don’t know, call it what you want.”

There have been many reports over the past few months of teams recording dugouts and the hand signals, pitchers tipping pitches such as Yankees ace Luis Severino, and now the latest with Machado.

The horrible publicity has been rapidly building for Machado, which is a bad look going into free agency this winter.