Brilliant. Though MLB really shouldn’t be tacking 15-second commercials onto the front end of five-second highlights.
On Wednesday night, Manny Machado did this to Albert Pujols:
It was an amazing play, and one we’ve come to expect from Manny. But just to prove it was no fluke, he did it again last night. And again, it was against Albert Pujols:
Both were incredible, and both throws came from about 10 feet into foul territory:
But what really made the second one special was Manny doing this:
There’s a man running to first base with no outs in a tie game in the 11th inning, and Manny Machado, about half a football field away from first base, is gonna take a moment to check out the baseball, gather himself, get his grip right, and then throw the runner out. I can’t wait to watch him do this for the next 15 years.
(GIF via @cjzero)
This Lion King-inspired Manny Machado song is delightful f’real. [FTW]
O’s beat White Sox behind Miguel Gonzalez. Three back. [Camden Chat]
There’s a dude in a Woodrow Wilson costume outside Nats Park. [Bog]
An in-depth look at Jayson Werth’s second-half resurgence. [WaPo]
London Fletcher now stands alone as NFL’s active Iron Man. [The Insider]
The NFL deemed FedEx to be playable, so it must be so. [The Insider]
Love this AP photo of Chris Thompson, punt returner. [The Insider]
Why Your Team Sucks 2013: Washington Redskins edition. [Deadspin]
Ranking the Caps’ top 20 prospects. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
Watch Ovechkin shatter a light during a commercial shoot. [RMNB]
Terps football schedule is pretty much set through ’19. [Terps Insider]
Some mockups of some Terps athletic faciliezzzz [Terps Insider]
JMU gets a shot at an FBS team (Akron) tomorrow. [JMU Sports Blog]
Manny Machado made that play right there, and it’s the latest greatest of his young career. Considering he turned 21 yesterday, he was probably hungover when he did it too.
Somehow, the play was only the second most incredible thing an Oriole did in New York today, because Adam Jones hit a two-run, ninth-inning homer off of Mo Rivera to beat the Yanks 2-1. Double-plus incredible.
Back to Manny, though: This was his 10th “Web Gem” of the season, which leads MLB. It’s just another excuse to add to this ongoing Manny Machado GIF set, which may become the world’s longest web page someday.
Update: Deadspin has an awesome GIF of Manny and Brooks Robinson basically making this same play.
The O’s beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers yesterday, continuing strong play of late to give them the AL’s third-best record. Manny Machado chipped in with his league-leading 32nd double and “two sparkling plays at third base.”
Neither of those are new for Machado, who’s on pace to break baseball’s season record for doubles and who draws natural comparisons to Baltimore legend Brooks Robinson, one of the great third basemen ever and the man generally acknowledged as the greatest defensive player at the position.
Robinson didn’t hit quite like this, though. Through 123 games and 503 career at-bats, 20-year-old Machado’s slash line is .300/.331/.473. That’s well above Robinson’s .268/.322/.401. If you want to adjust for eras and other factors, Machado’s career OPS+ is 117, Robinson’s was 103.
This combination of defensive and offensive excellence is why Machado leads the AL in Baseball Reference WAR and is third in Fangraphs’ version. But back to the defense for a second, because that’s why we’re here mentioning Manny and Brooks in the same post.
Four GIFs that show Machado is basically the new Human Vacuum Cleaner:
O’s clinch first winning season since 1997, are one game back in the AL East and 2.5 up in the Wild Card. [Camden Chat]
Here’s the lovely Manny Machado getting hazed in a tutu. [Eye on Baseball]
The Nats got swept in Atlanta, are still 5.5 games up in the East. [Nats Journal]
Danny Espinosa is getting an MRI on his ailing shoulder. [Nats Journal]
LaRon Landry doesn’t respect the Skins. Feeling’s mutual, I imagine. [PFT]
Logan Paulsen’s hair is out of control for a good reason. [John Keim]
Photo essay: what the Skins went through pre-Griffining. [Eye on Football]
Happy birthday cards for Alex Ovechkin, who is 27. [Russian Machine]
Maryland lost the Edsall Bowl to UConn, which figures. [Testudo Times]
O’s lose Manny Machado’s ML debut, snap their five-game win streak, as he triples and picks up an infield hit. [The Sun]
Inside the numbers on Baltimore’s Machado call-up. [Fangraphs]
Comparing this year’s O’s to ’89 “Why Not?” version. [Dempsey’s Army]
O’s are considering adding Lyle Overbay, Derek Lowe and others. [O’s Insider]
Nats sweep Stros as ZNN dominates and Morse goes Beast Mode. [WaPo]
“Nats have the best record in baseball, and it’s not that close.” [Nats Journal]
O’s call up 20-Y-O super-prospect Manny Machado to play 3B. [O’s Insider]
Machado’s call-up is a bold move intended to help the O’s win now. [Krem’s]
The timing is pretty much perfect for Machado’s call-up. [Fox Sports]
Dylan Bundy called up to AA Bowie too. Sept. call-up ahead? [O’s Insider]
Dave Johnson’s kid wins debut as O’s sweep Seattle. [Steve Melewski]
B’more’s Mark Reynolds is the best at striking out. [Lookout Landing]
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Nats beat Astros again as Gio goes the distance and homers. [WaPo]
Photos: Gio gets a shaving cream pie for his efforts. [Nats Enquirer]
Bryce Harper gets today off after run-in with umpire. [Nats Journal]
Video: This kid knows all of the Nats’ batting stances. [Nats Inquisition]
An interview with Nats play-by-play guy Charlie Slowes. [The Big Lead]
This Houston fan was the star of the Nats-Astros broadcast. [Bog]
Joel Ward talks about hernia surgery plus masturbating. [Puck Daddy]
Even Bud Selig said it was no surprise when the Nats selected 17-year-old Bryce Harper No. 1 overall. What was mildly surprising, however, is that they labeled him an outfielder while doing so. A lesser, more disappointing surprise? He won’t be wearing his war paint-style signature eye black.
Harper mostly played catcher this season for Southern Nevada, but he also saw time at third base and in the outfield. Once he signs his monster deal (hopefully in advance of August 15) it’s to the low minors he’ll go, where he’ll work on playing right field. Watch out, Roger Bernadina.
In other, less-heralded DMV draft news, the O’s selected 17-year-old shortstop Manny Machado No. 3 overall. As a 6’3″ Dominican hailing from a Miami-area high school, the natural comparison is to Alex Rodriguez, but I’d rather invoke Cal Ripken. Either way, watch out, Cesar Izturis.
As good as Harper and Machado are now and legends though they may become, neither figures to be in the big leagues until at least 2012 — or later. Which is a shame, because I’m tired of their new organizations picking in the top five every June.
Welcome to professional baseball, gentlemen. It’s a long way up.