Let's be real here. The decision on whether Manny Machado appeals his five-game suspension for one day or several involves some complicated calculations.

If it were just about pennant race strategy, the Orioles probably would prefer to push it back to next week and maybe get it reduced by a game or two. But there's a fair question about how long Machado and the club want this situation to stay in the national spotlight.

There's a case to be made for simply serving the suspension, both to get it behind him as quickly as possible and to maintain the impression that he is truly remorseful for his immature behavior.

Technically, it is Machado's decision, but he undoubtedly will make it in consultation with the team.

"I think Manny's more concerned about what puts the Baltimore Orioles in the best chance to win a game while he's suspended,'' Showalter said. "I think the core of him is going to be apparent over the course of his career. He's a 21-year-old young man that made a mistake.

"He's done the right things since then, and to move forward with it the way it's supposed be done when you make a mistake like we all have, and there's more steps involved before we can put it behind us."

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