Updated 01:31 PM EST, Wed, Dec 08, 2021

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado Apologizes for Bat-Flying Incident [See Video Here]

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Manny Machado has apologized to rival team Oakland Athletics for the unfortunate flying bat incident that happened on Sunday.

According to ABC, Machado, third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, wanted to apologize to his teammates, coaching staff, the Orioles organization, the Oakland Athletics and to his fans for the way he "acted" during the game. The 21-year-old player is set to face disciplinary action from the Major League Baseball.

The Orioles player also said sorry to Athletics' catcher Derek Norris whom he hit with one of his backswings. Norris was replaced by John Jaso after the incident.

In an interview with MLB.com, Norris expressed his disappointment and called Machado's action, a "disgrace to baseball." 

"I think it's sad to see someone of his talent and national recognition have things like that stain your career," he added.

MLB also reported that Sunday's bat mishap happened when Fernando Abad "threw a second straight pitch way inside to Manny Machado in the eighth inning" causing him to let go of the bat. The two players, according to ABC, exchanged words after the game. The two were taken out of the game for violating the rules: Machado for throwing the bat and Abad for tossing the ball twice.

After the game, Machado claimed that he did not intentionally throw the bat - he insisted that the bat just slipped out of his hands. On Friday, the baseman also figured in an incident with Oakland baseman Josh Donaldson when Machado did not like the "force of the tag" of the latter, ABC reported.

In an article, Bleacher Report scrutinized Machado's record saying "This wasn't an isolated incident. This was the culmination of a bigger picture of boneheadedness that makes Machado look like a major problem child."

The report tagged his action as a "temper tantrum" which was also reportedly acknowledged by the player as an "overeaction" to the series of events. Bleacher Report also added that the bat swinging out of Machado's hands seemed like an action with "feelings."

Despite the reaction from the press and players of the rival team, Machado told the Baltimore Sun that his apology was "well-accepted" by his teammates.

"We're all on the same page now. They all have my back, and that's the only thing that matters. From now on, we will learn how to deal with it in different ways and how to approach it," he said.

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