Mel Antonen (@MelAntonen) is a MLB reporter for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. Mel’s reporting also appears on Sirius-XM and SI.com.
Vinny and Rob talk to Mel about his thoughts on Manny Machado’s weekend series against Oakland as well as his apology on Monday.
Mel believes that the apology that Manny gave was sincere. “I think it was good. He needed to take responsibility. I think it is pretty hard to keep pounding a guy when he takes responsibility for something he did wrong. I thought it was sincere. I think the players got on him. I think his teammates got on him. I think Showalter told him what he needed to hear. YOUTHFUL MISTAKES. Understand that he’s frustrated and he’s got a lot on him but the apology went a long way. It will be interesting to see how the apology effects the suspension.”
Vinny and Rob both agree that the Orioles and Manny handled the apology the correct way, by getting one reporter and having him ask specific questions and have Manny give scripted answers. They believe that the apology may have been genuine but most likely scripted. Mel doesn’t necessarily agree with the guys and says he doesn’t know the story on how Roch got the interview but if it was scripted then maybe it wasn’t the handled correctly. Mel said, “When Manny sits at home all day and hears every network talk about how immature he is and then none of the Orioles fans or local media were giving him any breaks as well. If it was scripted then chances are he didn’t learn anything.” He also notes that “Sometimes it’s better to just go into the media room and answer a bunch of questions and get it over with. If it was scripted then it was scripted but I don’t know how that came about.”
He also discussed the Boston Red Sox struggles at this point in the season, Bud Norris’s outing last night, what Tommy Hunter’s role may be going forward and if the Orioles will be involved in the trade market.
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