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May 10, 2013

Pebble Hunting

A Week of Watching Manny Machado

by Sam Miller


Last summer, when Ron Washington was asked about Mike Trout, he anticipated the questioner's tendency to overreact to hot young things: 

"He's not Willie Mays. No, he's not Willie Mays. He's a pretty good player. I think the comparisons, y'all got to stop. Let that kid play."

Now replace the name Mike Trout with Manny Machado, and replace the name Willie Mays with the name Mike Trout. No, Machado isn't the next Mike Trout. He's a pretty good player. He does things that make you wonder how soon he's going to be a great player, and whether he might be already. He's just a month older than Trout was last year, just six months older than Bryce Harper is, and, over the past week, he has done something tremendous every single game. That's not hyperbole. I watched every play he was involved in at the plate, at his position, or on the bases, and he did everything you would hope to see. And I hoped. Here's my checklist of stuff I wanted to see Manny Machado do in one week, and darned if he didn't get to just about every single one of them. 

  • Hit a home run
  • Hit a tape-measure home run
  • Hit a double
  • Go the other way
  • Adjust and beat a pitcher
  • Beat every possible pitch
  • Take a pitch
  • Flash his arm
  • React
  • Show good hands
  • Run
  • Outplay somebody better than he is
  • Do something heads-up
  • Be praised in absurd terms
  • Be charming
  • Be adorable
  • Get robbed
  • Mess up
  • Make an error face

And so here we go. 

Hit a home run

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