Just because Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop have played virtually their entire MLB career together does not mean they’ll take it easy on one another. After Machado was dealt to the Dodgers and Schoop to the Brewers this deadline, the two players now find themselves on a postseason collision course.
Machado made sure to let Schoop know his mindset going forward.
“He was the first one who texted me, and told me, ‘I’m going to see you again. I’m going to play against you and I’m going to beat you, so you know.'” Schoop told MLB.com Wednesday.
Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado are great friends. After Schoop was traded to the Brewers, “[Machado] was the first one who texted me, and told me, ‘I’m going to see you again. I’m going to play against you and I’m going to beat you, so you know.'”
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 1, 2018
Machado and Schoop played together with the Orioles from 2013-2018. Before that, they played together for the Orioles’ GCL affiliate in 2010, with the Frederick Keys and the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2011, and then again with the Bowie Baysox in 2012.
“Me and this guy, we lived together since the minor leagues since coming up,” Schoop told the Baltimore Sun after Machado was traded. “Me and this guy, we sleep in the same bed. We became really good friends outside the field.”
The two are no longer on the same team but they find themselves on separate playoff contenders in the National League, and as the postseason is currently situated, the Brewers and Dodgers could face off either in the wild-card game or in the first round after it.
There’s a good chance they face off in the postseason just months removed from being teammates. That could be interesting for someone like Schoop, who thinks so highly of Machado.
“We ride together, we die together….I think this is tough,” Schoop said. “I’m still going to see him and he’s going to see me but you’ve got to be professional in baseball. I never think I’m going to cry, but I did cry. I still feel down, especially when the memories come.”