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Schmuck: Machado-Pedroia 'controversy' not worthy of the attention it's getting

Schmuck: Machado-Pedroia 'controversy' not worthy of the attention it's getting

Maybe Manny Machado has earned a little extra scrutiny whenever he's involved in a controversial game situation … or maybe it's just that in the generally benign world of Major League Baseball a good controversy is simply too hard to pass up.

Machado has a history, so it obviously was easy for some members of the New England media to cast him as a villain after his hard slide Friday night knocked Boston Red Sox veteran Dustin Pedroia out of the game and also out of Saturday night's lineup.

Everyone remembers the notorious bat-throwing incident against the Oakland Athletics that got Machado suspended five games in 2014 and the fight last year with late Kansas City Royals...

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