ARLINGTON, Tex. -- For Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Jim Johnson, its their first postseason game.Its the first for many of the others, too.But, the Orioles have a roster with a number of players whove played in October.Jim Thome has played in the most, 67, with 17 postseason home runs. The 42-year-old Thome was just establishing himself when the Division Series began in 1995; he played in the first.Thome played in the post season six times with Cleveland, once each with the White Sox, Dodgers and Twins. If he plays on Friday night, Thome will have played in the postseason 10 times with five different teams.Other Orioles with postseason experience include J.J. Hardy, Nate McLouth, Luis Ayala, Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel.Wilson Betemit, whos played on four postseason teams, is out with an injured right wrist.Manager Buck Showalter hasnt managed in the postseason since 1999 when he managed Arizona, losing to the Mets in four games in the National League Division Series.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Manny Machado just stopped by, and he said he’s seeing the reports of Dodgers and thinks/assumes they’re right (tho he said he doesn’t know for sure). The Miami product who’s been an Orioles his whole career said: “It’ll be different. But different can be good.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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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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