Padres’ Manny Machado again caught in controversy with takeout slide of Tommy Edman

Much ado about Machado.

Manny Machado is, once again, at the center of a baseball debate in Twitter circles, with a controversial slide en route to second base on Sunday lighting the baseball Twitter powder keg.

On a routine grounder to second, Machado was caught in the base path and took out Cardinals utility man Tommy Edman with a questionable slide.

Really, as with most things instant replay, when it’s slowed down to micro-frames, it makes the situation look worse than it is. Truthfully, Machado had a split-second decision to make with Edman entering the base path to get the ball; he stutter-stepped and eventually got down to get out of the way. The collision is a byproduct of a rough-and-tumble baseball play.

Machado checked in on Edman after the collision, and both parties seemed to be in agreement that it was just a hard-nosed baseball occurrence. These things happen. Everyone is cool, no one at fault.

Machado, though, a lightning rod for undeserved criticism and vitriol, stirred the pot with his actions, with fans (and players) debating whether the third baseman was in the clear for his decision.

The Padres would go on to win the game 5-3. 

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