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Manuel Arturo Machado is a Dominican-American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended Brito High School in Miami and was drafted by the Orioles with the third overall choice in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He bats and throws right-handed.

Machado made his MLB debut in 2012. In 2013, Machado earned a spot on the American League (AL) All-Star team on his method to leading the league in doubles with 51. He was also acknowledged as one of the very best fielders in the game, winning a Gold Glove Award and the 2013 AL Platinum Glove, offered to the very best protector at any position. Machado won his second Gold Glove in 2015. His defensive prowess has earned him frequent comparisons to the great Orioles third baseman and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

After dedicating to play at Florida International University, on June 10, 2010, Machado was chosen third overall in the Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He was the second high school player drafted, in addition to the second position player. He signed a $5.25 million contract, just minutes prior to the due date on August 16, 2010. While his agent Scott Boras was negotiating his contract, Machado spent the summertime of 2010 playing for USA Baseball’s 18-and-under national team. Machado was presented by the Orioles in mid-September when the Orioles hosted the New York Yankees.

Machado hit securely in the first ten games of the 2016 season. On April 23, Machado extended his hit streak to 16 games, a new career best. Machado’s hit streak peaked at 16 games prior to ending. During the hot streak, Machado went 27-for-68 while slashing .397/.446/.779, while hitting six home runs and driving in 11. On April 28, he hit his second career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs in a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Machado was named AL Player of the Month for April, after going 33-for-96 (.344), hitting 10 doubles, seven home runs, driving in 17 runs, while slugging.667 with a .394 on-base percentage.

Machado set a brand-new career-high for RBIs on May 8 versus the A’s, when he hit two home runs (including his second grand slam of the year), while driving in six in an 11-3 victory.

On June 7, Machado charged the mound against Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura, punching Ventura in the face and firing up a benches-clearing brawl. Machado charged the mound after Ventura hit Machado with a first-pitch, 99-mph fastball in the back. Both players were ejected. On June 9, Machado received a four-game suspension for the incident, which he was at first going to appeal, in the end choosing not to. The suspension was served from June 19– 22, 2016. In his first game back, Machado went 2-for-4 and hit a home run.

Machado slashed .318/.375/.569 with a .944 OPS, 19 home runs and 53 RBIs prior to the All-Star break. He collected 109 hits and was named to his second career All-Star game, and his first ASG start. Manny went 0-for-3 in the ASG.

He was the second player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of the first 3 innings of a game in a 10– 2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 7. The task was previously accomplished by the White Sox’s Carl Reynolds in a 15– 4 win which was the nightcap of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 1930. Machado was really the first to hit all 3 that cleared the fence; two of Reynolds’ were inside the park. The three homers within the first three innings of a contest were achieved for the first time since the Seattle Mariners’ Mike Cameron did it in the same ballpark in a 15– 4 win on May 2, 2002. Machado was also the ninth player to homer in three successive innings at any point throughout a match and the first Oriole to hit 3 in a game since Chris Davis in a 9– 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 20, 2014.

On August 26, Machado hit his 30th and 31st home runs of the season, ending up being the third Oriole on the year to hit 30 home runs (Mark Trumbo & Chris Davis). The three ended up being the first trio of Orioles to hit 30+ homers in a single season. It was also Machado’s tenth homer of the month, making him, Trumbo and Davis the first trio of Orioles to with 10 or more home runs in a month.

On August 30, Machado hit his 100th career home run in a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit the homer in his 578th game, making him the third-fastest Oriole to 100 homers. He also ended up being the youngest Oriole to hit their 100th home run (24 years, 55 days).

Machado hit his MLB-leading third grand slam of the season on September 6 in an 11-2 win over the Rays. With the homer, he set a new career-high in the RBI column, surpassing his 86 from the previous season. It was also his 102nd career homer, tying him with teammate JJ Hardy for 25th on the all-time Orioles home run list. He became the youngest Oriole ever to have 3 grand slams in the same season. He also tied the MLB record for most grand slams in a season age 24 or younger. Manny had 5 RBIs in the game, and signed up with the similarity Miguel Tejada and Jim Gentile as the only Orioles players with 4 five-RBI games in the very same season. On September 18, Machado exceeded his previous season high in home runs, hitting his 36th, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Machado ended his regular season having played in 157 games, slashing .294/.343/.533 while hitting a career-high 37 home runs and driving in a career-high 96 runs. He recorded career-highs in runs scored, strikeouts, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and overall bases.

On January 13, 2017, Machado and the Orioles avoided arbitration by consenting to a $11.5 million dollar offer for the 2017 season. On April 16, Machado hit his second home run of the season and moved into a tie for 26th on the Orioles all-time list with 107. On April 28, 2017, Machado hit a home run off of CC Sabathia that bounced off the facade of the deck above Monument Park in straightaway center field, determining 470 feet. Although the Orioles led 9-1, they lost 11-14 in 10 innings.

On May 10, Machado ended up being the first Oriole in franchise history to gather 270 extra-base hits before turning 25. He was also simply the 30th player in MLB history to do so.