Forgive us for coming at you so late in the day, but the Getting Blanked podcast is here. We talked about the struggling Los Angels of Anaheim and the death of Scioscialism, and the great Bryce Harper-Mike Trout-Manny Machado discussion. Hit us up with your earholes.
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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?
Manny Machado turned 20-years-old in July. Less than two months later, he was playing an integral role for the Baltimore Orioles, a Major League Baseball team in the midst of a pennant chase.
Last night, with first place in the American League East on the line and the score tied 2-2 with the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the ninth inning, Evan Longoria hit a slow roller up the third base line. Rich Thompson, on second base at the time, was running as Jim Johnson’s 3-2 pitch came to the plate. In fact, he reached third base just as Machado was picking up the squibbler from Longoria.
Craig Kimbrel is so much better at his job than we are at ours, we dedicate the beginning of our show to his amazingness. Then we discuss Bobby V’s antics, the scary Brandon McCarthy liner and Shelby Miller’s debut.
Then, somehow, we talk with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Oriole. He’s very young but very patient. Well, relatively.
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A lot has been made this week about the Orioles surprise call-up of 20-year-old phenom shortstop Manny Machado. The move was made after a torrid couple weeks from Machado at AA-Bowie, but overall, his numbers there this season suggested that he wasn’t quite ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues. Even with that hot streak, Machado had a decent—but by no means spectacular—.266/.352/.438 slash line with 11 home runs in 459 plate appearances in AA and the track record of 20-year-olds having success at the Major League level is shoddy at best. It seemed an odd move for a team that miraculously is still in contention.
Then again, given the lack of actual talent on the Orioles roster, it seemed like a low-risk move of self-awareness for Dan Duquette’s front office. The chances that Machado would outperform—both offensively and defensively—the shit-bag combination of Robert Andino and Wilson Betemit at third base for Baltimore seemed at least plausible.
Two games in and Duquette and his team look brilliant. Yeah, yeah—small sample size and all that, but Machado hasn’t looked at all out of place so far against Major League pitching. After a 2-for-4 performance with a triple in his debut, Machado followed it up with another 2-for-4 performance last night against the Royals and this time both hits were home runs.
The Baltimore Orioles are calling up premier shortstop prospect Manny Machado from the Double-A Bowie Baysox today, with the intention of using him as the team’s third baseman for the remainder of the season. Machado, who turned 20 years old last month, was the teams first pick, third overall, in the 2010 Rule IV Draft.
He’s had a decent season at Double-A where he was the youngest player in the league, putting up a .266/.352/.438 slash line, while hitting 11 home runs in 459 plate appearances. However, he’s only made two appearances as a third baseman, and for what it’s worth, out of the seven total defensive chances he was presented with at the hot corner, he committed one error.