31 August 2016

Manny Machado Hit His 100th Homer Last Night, Which Is Pretty Cool

Manny Machado is one of the best players who has ever donned an Orioles jersey. He's only 24 years old. And yet, he's already 24th among all Orioles position players in career wins above replacement (via the Baseball-Reference Play Index), and he's quickly closing in on guys like Rafael Palmeiro, Al Bumbry, and Nick Markakis. In the next few years (if he's still in Baltimore), he'll likely pass Adam Jones, Brian Roberts, and Melvin Mora. Not bad for one of the very best defensive players in the game, and also someone who's had two knee injuries and missed half of the 2014 season.

Last night, Machado clobbered career home run No. 100 against J.A. Happ and the Toronto Blue Jays. He's the youngest O's player to accomplish that feat. Here's the blast, for good measure:

I don't know if Machado will still be with the Orioles beyond 2018. I do know that watching him play is a treat.

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