Manny Machado is rather ridiculous. He’s good at baseball, even though he’s playing out of position and learning on the fly while not yet 21-years old. Last night, in the ninth inning of a one-run game, Manny Machado did what you see above. He made a ridiculous play in a very important moment of the game.

Judging by the super slo-mo replay at the end of this clip, he made that play by the narrowest of margins, thanks in no small part to a set of very large fingers. The ability/confidence to adjust the ball in his hand as he throws it, then tossing a strike to first to nail the very speedy Desmond Jennings, is pretty sweet indeed.

If the whole “star infielder” thing doesn’t work out, maybe Manny can find a second career as a splitter-throwing reliever? He has a hose and would be Miami Bruce Sutter with that forkball grip. Think it over, Manny. Just keep it in your back pocket, you know?

Comments (8)

  1. I thought the similar play Lawrie made last night was amazing, until I saw this play repeated over and over in slo-mo on Sportscentre this morning. Unreal.

  2. Do you give more credit to Lawrie because he made the play without almost letting the ball slip through his fingers, or more credit to Machado because he made the play even though the ball almost slipped through his fingers?

  3. Who’s the Oriloles announcer? That was a great call on the play

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