Machado responds after releasing in World Series 5's 5th game. (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA Today Sports)  After a tumultuous…
Machado was criticized during the National League Championship Series in order not to run out of a ball which he later declared: “I’m not the type of player who will be” Johnny Hustle “and run down the line and slide to first base. “
With Machado on the open market for the first time in his career, critics have used the comment on him. In an interview with MLB.com published Wednesday, the 26-year-old clarified what he was trying to say at that time.
“When I got that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer the way I did, because I look back, it does not matter how I meant it,” said Machado.
“For I tried to talk about how I’m not the guy who’s eye It’s a difference between the false hustle to show and be someone trying hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does what he can to win for his team.
The original “Johnny Hustle” line lifted the eyebrows, but it took a bit out of context. Machado admitted that he should have driven the ball out and saw it ” terrible. “
Machado can see how his comments were felt-clouded and plan to explain during meetings with potential riders.
” I know how I said it and how it came over and that’s something I take responsibility for. I look forward to talking to every GM and owner we meet about it or other questions they have. “ This is an issue that has already come up with the Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner who says that Machado’s comments were” worrying ” but the club would let him explain. “
” If we are interested in any player, sit down with them face to face and ask him, “Where did it come from? What was the context of the whole interview? Was it a point? How do you fix it? “” Steinbrenner said. “
” Because it will not sell where we play baseball. “
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