LOS ANGELES—Manny Machado led American League third basemen throughout the entirity of All-Star voting, so it was no surprise Machado was named to start his first All-Star Game.
Machado, who turns 24-years-old on Wednesday, will be joined at San Diego’s Petco Park by four Orioles. Outfielder Mark Trumbo, catcher Matt Wieters and relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach were also selected.
In 2013 and 2015, Machado was chosen as a reserve. This is the first time he’s won the fan vote.
“It’s awesome. When the fans actually go out there and put a lot of votes out for you, it’s humbling. I’m so excited for right now, to go to San Diego and start my first all-star game. This is by far my best All-Star gift, the best birthday gift I can get. I’m just excited and very humbled at the same time,” Machado said.
He’s batting .325 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs.
“It’s not just about participating, but having a few guys on your same team go with you, just makes the trip a lot better. I think we have 25 of us that should go to the All-Star game. We have a great team. None of this is possible without each other. We are a family here. To go with a couple teammates of us, together, I think is awesome. It makes the All-Star Game a little more awesome, a little more unique when you have your buddies there with you,” Machado said.
It’s the second time in the last four years that five Orioles were chosen.
“Real proud of them,” manager Buck Showalter said. “For the organization, for the fans. It’s good to see that they got there by different ways. Somebody asked me which one meant more. I think they all mean something. The fans, the players, the managers picked. All are very deserving.”
Trumbo is an All-Star for the second time, and the first with the Orioles. He leads the American League with 24 home runs, and also has 62 RBIs and is batting .282.
He’s in his first year with the Orioles.
“I think it is probably a little bit more special maybe. But any chance you get to do something like this it is equally as cool probably,” Trumbo said.
Wieters is an All-Star for the fourth time. He was voted as the starter in 2014, but couldn’t play because of Tommy John surgery. He’s batting .268 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs.
“It’s a fun event. It’s a fun game, just to be there with some of the better players in the game, I’m excited. First one after the surgery, you can take a little bit of extra satisfaction to be able to get back after having surgery, Wieters said.
Britton made the All-Star team for the second straight year. He has converted all 23 of his save opportunities. Britton is 2-1 with an 0.80 ERA.
“It’s pretty cool. It was obviously a big honor last year to go. I kind of that thought about it coming into this year, hopefully I could perform at that level to get selected for the second straight year is pretty cool,” Britton said.
Brach, who is 0-1 with a 1.01 ERA becomes the rare middle reliever chosen. It’s his first selection.
“I know if I was managing the game, I would want Brad down there,” Showalter said.
The middle reliever heard about it when Showalter contacted his wife.
“That was fun because I don’t get to deliver much good news,” Showalter said. “Anytime you’ve been together and things weren’t necessarily rosy, that means a lot.”
Brach is the second consecutive Orioles middle reliever to make the All-Star team.
“I started to think about it more because more questions were being asked. That was pretty much the only reason why. Obviously, the anticipation building up to it was a lot. I found it, and it’s good news,” Brach said.