Manny Machado had to wait at second. Even though it was clear to most fans that Machados home run was out of the ballpark, the 20-year-old had to stop at second.The umpires trotted off the field to take a look at the replay, and moments later, they were back, signaling that Machado had his third home run of his four-game major league career.Machado could trot around third base.It took Machado 13 at-bats to hit three home runs. Eddie Murray hit his third home run in 52 at-bats, and it took Cal Ripken 128 at-bats before he had three.
When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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Beloved former Oriole Nick Markakis is finally being recognized as an All-Star this week in Washington, D.C. at the 89th Midsummer Classic.
The 34-year-old right fielder waited 12 1/2 Major League Baseball seasons for his name to be called.
Markakis, who is on his way to having the best season of his career, is batting .323 and leading the NL with 120 hits. He received the most votes of any NL outfielder in fan voting.
A 22-year-old Markakis first arrived in the Orioles clubhouse in 2006 when the average age of the rest of the Orioles’ starting lineup was 32. The now 34-year-old finds himself as one of the oldest on a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at the halfway point of the season and only 1/2 game back from the first-place Phillies.
MLB announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, which features Markakis batting 7th and playing right field for the National League.
These lineups are STACKED.— MLB (@MLB) July 16, 2018
Which squad has the edge? pic.twitter.com/X9GwbKq7Jd
Catch Markakis and the rest of the field in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at 8 p.m. on FOX.
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I asked #Braves All-Star (former #Orioles) Nick Markakis for his thoughts on where the O’s franchise stands as a whole and the club potentially trading Manny Machado, Adam Jones and others. Here’s his quote: @WMAR2News pic.twitter.com/puMIPuXvoO— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) July 16, 2018
Nick Markakis on fans in Baltimore that still appreciate him and voted for him to be an All-Star: “I still live there and I’ve got a lot of friends and family there. That just shows you what kind of fans and people they are. It is much appreciated.”— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) July 16, 2018