Machado disappointed in first season with Padres: 'I played like shit'
Manny Machado had a down year offensively in his first season with the San Diego Padres, and the third baseman is disappointed in himself.
"I didn't put up the numbers I expected to put up," Machado told Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune after noting his late-season homer surge is "a little too late."
"There is no excuse," the four-time All-Star said. "... I'm disappointed in myself."
"I played like shit," he added.
After signing a 10-year, $300-million contract with the Padres this past winter, Machado hit .254/.333/.460 with 32 home runs and five stolen bases, setting a career low in batting average and posting his worst slugging percentage since the 27-year-old's first full season in 2013.
He's now optimistic while looking ahead to 2020, and an offseason without free agency.
"I think having an offseason that's normal, that I can prepare for baseball and know where I'm going to be next year. I'm going to be excited for that," said Machado.
After a surprisingly competitive start to the year, the Padres are tied for last place in the NL West with the Colorado Rockies heading into the final day of the season. Despite being shortened due to injuries, the rookie campaigns of Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack have put the team in a good position moving forward.
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