Manny Machado - Biography

Manuel Arturo Machado is a Dominican-American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the Major League Baseball San Diego Padres (MLB). He was raised in Miami, where he attended Brito High School, and was chosen with the third overall choice in the 2010 MLB draught by the Baltimore Orioles. He bats and throws with his right hand.

Machado made his Major League Baseball debut in August of 2012. Machado was named to the American League (AL) All-Star team in 2013 after leading the league in doubles with 51. He was also acknowledged as one of the game's greatest fielders, receiving a Gold Glove Award. Machado was named to the All-Star Game in 2015, 2016, and 2018. His defence has drawn similarities to former Orioles third baseman and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

Machado, an upcoming free agent, was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 and helped the team win the World Series. Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres that summer, the biggest contract in North American sports history at the time.

Childhood

Machado was born and reared in the city of Miami, Florida. His mother, Rosa Machado, his grandpa, Francisco Nunez, and his uncle, Geovanny Brito, reared him. He is of Dominican descent. Machado grew up in Hialeah with New York Mets outfielder Albert Almora, and while they are not biological relatives, they consider themselves cousins. Machado went to Brito Miami Private School in Miami and is committed to Florida International University. He grew up a Miami Marlins fan.

Machado married his longtime fiancée Yainee Alonso, the sister of Yonder Alonso, in November 2014. In the offseason, they live in Coral Gables, Florida, where they own two houses. He lives in Coronado, California, throughout the season. He owns a dog named Kobe after basketball player Kobe Bryant, whom he idolised as a child. Dan Lozano is Machado's agent. At the outset of his career, he was represented by Scott Boras.

Minor Leagues

The Baltimore Orioles picked Machado third overall in the 2010 MLB draught. He was the second high school athlete and second position player picked. On August 16, 2010, he inked a $5.25 million deal only minutes before the deadline. Machado spent the summer of 2010 playing for USA Baseball's 18-and-under national team while his agent, Scott Boras, was negotiating his contract.

The Orioles first used Machado in a game against the New York Yankees in mid-September. Machado reported to the Orioles minor league facility on August 22 to join the Gulf Coast League Orioles. On August 27, 2010, Machado made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He batted first and served as the designated hitter. Machado began the 2011 season at shortstop for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

He hit five home runs prior to May 1 and was awarded South Atlantic League player of the week for April 25–May 1. After missing several weeks due to a knee injury, he recovered to play 10 more games to represent the SAL in the SAL All-Star Game on June 21, 2011. He was promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys following the game. He was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game in 2012.

Baltimore Orioles 2012

On August 9, against the Kansas City Royals, the Orioles promoted Machado from Double-A Bowie Baysox to MLB. Because the club already had J. J. Hardy at shortstop, he started at third base. The next day, he blasted his first and second career home runs against the same opponent, making him the youngest Oriole and the 12th youngest player in big league history to record a multi-homer game.

The two home runs were both hit off former first-round pick Luke Hochevar. On August 12, he hit his third career home run off Bruce Chen. Machado hit his first career playoff home run in Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS. The Orioles were defeated in five games by the New York Yankees in the division series. Machado concluded his first season having appeared in all 51 of the Orioles' remaining games.

In 202 plate appearances, he hit.262 with eight doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 26 RBI, and two steals. He has 50 hits and 24 runs scored in his career.

Machado playing for Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles 2013

Machado recorded three hits on May 27, giving him 40 multi-hit games in his career, tying Ty Cobb for the most multi-hit games before the age of 21 in major league history; on May 30, he went 2-for-3 to break Cobb's record. Machado's 44 hits in May 2013 were the second-most by a player under 21 in a month, trailing only Mickey Mantle's 46 in July 1952.

On June 27, 2013, Machado was ejected from his first MLB game after arguing a correctly determined strike-three call. Will Little, the umpire who called him out, was also ejected for the first time in his MLB career. He was an All-Star who slashed. In the first half, he hit 310/.337/.470 with 7 home runs, 45 RBI, and 39 doubles.

On October 10, Machado decided to have reconstructive surgery on his knee to decrease the possibility of future dislocations. He would be out for 4–6 months as a result of the operation, although he was still anticipated to return around Opening Day. Machado earned the Gold Glove Award at third base on October 29, the first by an Oriole third baseman since Brooks Robinson's 16-year streak from 1960 to 1975. Machado earned the AL Platinum Glove Award on November 8, the same year.

Machado at Baltimore Orioles 2013 Season
Baltimore Orioles 2014

He was activated from the injured list on April 29, 2014, following knee surgery recuperation, and on May 1, he was greeted by a standing ovation by native Baltimore fans before to the opening game of a doubleheader sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Machado blasted his first career grand slam on June 1, 2014, in a 9-4 Orioles victory against the Houston Astros.

Machado was racing to third base on a ground ball on June 7, 2014, when he was tagged by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson. This sparked a bench-clearing brawl. Machado was fined and banned for five games for his behaviour on June 10. Machado began serving his punishment on June 30 after losing an appeal. Machado suffered a right knee injury while hitting in a home game against the New York Yankees on August 11. Although first described as a sprain, the Orioles revealed ten days later that the injury required surgery and that Machado would be sidelined for the season.

Machado playing for Baltimore Orioles 2014 season
Baltimore Orioles 2015

Machado had a healthy start to the 2015 season. By June 18, he had already surpassed his previous career high of 14 home runs set in 2013. He was named to the American League All-Star team for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and was chosen to compete in the 2015 Home Run Derby. Machado hit two home runs and stole two bases against the Toronto Blue Jays on October 1, becoming only the 16th player (and the first Oriole) to do so since 1901. He became the seventh Oriole in franchise history to have 20 home runs and 20 steals in a single season.

Machado was the only player in the major leagues to play in all 162 games in 2015. He batted.286 with 181 hits, 35 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. In terms of power-speed, he led the American League (25.5). He committed 21 errors, which ranked fifth among all AL players and second among AL third basemen. In the American League MVP voting, he finished fourth, and he won his second Rawlings Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive play at third base.

Machado set career highs in runs scored, home runs, RBIs, walks, steals, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging, and Wins Above Replacement.

Machado baltimore 2015 season
Baltimore Orioles 2016

In the first ten games of the season, Machado hit safely. Machado's hit streak reached 16 games on April 23, a new career high. Machado's hitting streak reached 16 games before coming to an end.

During his hot streak, Machado went 27-for-68 with a.397/.446/.779 slash, six home runs, and 11 RBI. In a 10–2 win over the Chicago White Sox on April 28, he hit his second career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs. Machado was named AL Player of the Month for April after going 33-for-96 (.344), hitting ten doubles, seven home runs, driving in 17 runs, slugging.667, and batting.394.

Machado was the first to hit all three that cleared the fence, with two of Reynolds' hits coming from inside the park. Three home runs in the first three innings of a game were hit for the first time since Seattle Mariners' Mike Cameron did it in the same ballpark on May 2, 2002, in a 15–4 victory.

In a 5–3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on August 30, Machado hit his 100th career home run. He hit the home run in his 578th game, becoming the third-fastest Oriole to reach 100 home runs. In addition, he became the Orioles' youngest player to hit his 100th home run (24 years, 55 days) Manny had five RBIs in the game, joining Miguel Tejada and Jim Gentile as the only Orioles players to have four five-RBI games in a single season. Machado hit his 36th home run of the season on September 18 against the Tampa Bay Rays, breaking his previous season high.

Machado finished the regular season with a.294/.343/.533 slash line, 37 home runs, and 96 RBI. Runs scored, strikeouts, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases all set career highs for him.

Machado hitting the ball
Baltimore Orioles 2017

Machado and the Orioles avoided arbitration on January 13 by agreeing to a one-year, $11.5 million contract. Machado hit his second home run of the season on April 16 and moved into a tie for 26th place on the Orioles' all-time home run list with 107.

On April 21, Machado was embroiled in a scuffle that injured Dustin Pedroia and forced him to miss three games. Machado insisted that the alleged late slide was unintentional and contacted Pedroia following the game. Nonetheless, Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez appeared to throw at Machado's knees on purpose two days later, missing each time. A few innings later, a pitch from reliever Matt Barnes grazed Machado's head and struck his bat. Barnes was ejected and suspended for four games.

Barnes denied that the near-miss was intentional, saying, 'That's kind of a line you don't cross...fortunately, it didn't hit him, but I think he's got every right to be upset that that one got loose.' On May 2, Machado dodged a pitch from Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale that went behind him.

On May 10, Machado became the first Oriole in franchise history to accumulate 270 extra-base hits before the age of 25 – only the 30th player in MLB history to do so.

In the seventh inning against the Angels on August 7, Machado hit a game-winning grand slam. A week later, he hit his season's second grand slam. Machado hit a walk-off grand slam against the Angels four days later, his third home run of the game and his seventh career grand slam. It was also his second career three-homer game, joining Chris Davis, Goose Goslin, Eddie Murray, and Boog Powell as the only Orioles with multiple three-homer games in franchise history.

He also became the first Orioles player to have multiple three-grand slam seasons, and only the second player in MLB history to have three or more grand slam seasons in consecutive seasons.

Machado at Baltimore Orioles 2017 season
Baltimore Orioles 2018

Machado was returned to his natural position of shortstop for 2018. Taking the batter's box. Machado was chosen as the starting shortstop for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game after hitting 313 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs.

Machado at Baltimore Orioles 2018 season
Los Angeles Dodgers

Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 18, 2018, in exchange for Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Breyvic Valera, and Zach Pop. Machado chose uniform No. 8 because he was a Kobe Bryant fan growing up and was unable to use his No. 13 uniform number in Los Angeles because it was already worn by infielder Max Muncy. He made his Dodger debut on July 20 against the Milwaukee Brewers, recording two singles and two walks. On August 9, he hit his 1,000th career hit off Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies.

Machado had a.273 batting average, 13 home runs, and 42 RBI in 66 games with the Dodgers. Machado appeared in 162 games for both teams in 2018, batting.297 with 35 doubles, 37 home runs, and 103 RBI.

Machado playing for Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres

On February 21, 2019, Machado agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract. It was the largest free-agent contract in American sports history until two weeks later, when Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Machado hit.256/.334/.462 in his first season in San Diego, with 32 home runs and 85 RBIs, and led the majors with 24 double plays grounded into.

Machado hit.304/.370/.580 in his second season with the Padres, which was cut short to 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finishing third in the National League with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs. He also had the highest fielding percentage of any qualifying third baseman, at.987. He came in third place in the NL MVP voting. After Ronald Acua Jr. suffered a torn ACL, Machado was named to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

Machado playing a match for San Diego Padres
COPABE Pan American 'AAA' Championship

He competed for the 18U United States team in the COPABE Pan Am 'AAA' Championship in 2009. They won the gold medal and qualified for the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship after finishing 8–0.

World Baseball Classic

Machado represented the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, where he earned the nickname 'El Ministro de la Defensa' for his defensive abilities. He was named the most valuable player in Pool C in the first round, where he batted.357. The Dominican team was defeated by the United States in Pool F, preventing them from advancing to the championship round. Machado batted.269/.321/.462 in six games, with two doubles and a home run.

Despite being born in Florida, Machado chose to play for the Dominican Republic due to his strong family heritage, which includes his grandfather, who grew up in La Vega, Dominican Republic. He stated his decision as follows: 'There was no way I could pass up the opportunity to represent the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.' It runs through my veins. I'm doing it for my mother's sake. I'm doing it in honour of my uncle. I'm doing it to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.

Most importantly, I'm doing it for my grandfather.

Machado playing at World Baseball Classic
Report on Scouting

Keith Law, an ESPN.com writer and Scouts, Inc. lead baseball analyst, stated in 2010 that if Machado stayed at shortstop, 'you have a potential All-Star offensively who is no worse than average with the glove.' Fangraphs rated Machado as the best third baseman in baseball in the middle of his first full MLB season (2013). Machado has been compared to Alex Rodriguez, the third baseman for the New York Yankees, whom he regards as a mentor. Machado stated that being compared to Rodriguez is 'a great honour,' but he does not compare himself to anyone.

Jim Palmer, a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, compared Machado to another large-framed shortstop/third baseman: 'He reminds me of how I think Cal (Ripken) would have been if he had played third base his entire career.'

Machado's Report