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Manny Machado Turning Into Next Baltimore Orioles Superstar

Manny Machado

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

When you take a look around MLB, you see a lot of very intriguing things happening. The one thing that has caught my attention is the production of the Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado. He has trumped the rookie efforts of Mike Trout from last season and if he doesn’t win Rookie of the Year in 2013 at this rate, there is something wrong with the system.

Machado is still only 20-years old, but is hitting .317 with five home runs and 34 RBIs going into play on Thursday. He has turned himself into one of the best offensive players around the American League and potentially a player who should be starting at third base in the All-Star Game.

He is on pace for over 220 hits this season, which isn’t something that has happened much in recent years. If he can pull that off, there will be talk about him for the MVP.

It doesn’t hurt that the Orioles are winning a lot of games behind Machado and Chris Davis. Baltimore was 37-29 as play began on Thursday and are sitting in third place in the AL East. They will likely find a way to get into second before this season is over because of Machado, who is another great young star blossoming before our very eyes.

He is going to be around for a very long time, so fans in Baltimore should just sit back and see where things go. We could be seeing the next Cal Ripken, Jr. for the Orioles.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.