When Manny Machado arrived at the big stage last season for the Baltimore Orioles, the baseball world paid very close attention. His play with the bat got some attention but the glove play was even better. Going into his first full season at the major league level the Orioles made it clear that they were putting no pressure on Machado’s sophomore season performance. After seeing the young star get off to a slow offensive start, does the team still feel that way?
Of course they do. Why shouldn’t they? There is no point in trying to force Machado to try and carry some large offensive burden when the Orioles have so many others that do that very well. Machado will have a strong bat consistently in time. It’s possible that he could have by the end of this season. Right now it only matters that he get steady at-bats against major league pitchers and learn every single day.
Well, that and continue playing awesome defense at the hot corner. The glove this kid throws around over there is so impressive that he already is being compared to some greats in the game both now and in the past. For anyone that knows the Orioles third base history, that is saying something quite substantial. While Machado might not fill anyone’s shoes so far in his second season, it is perfectly okay. The Orioles only have one pair of shoes they want him to fill; his own.