Manny Machado

Manuel Arturo Machado (Spanish: [maˈtʃaðo]; born July 6, 1992) is a Dominican-American professional baseball third baseman and shortstop for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). Very highly recruited from an early age, he was raised in Miami, where he attended Brito High School and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the third overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He bats and throws right-handed.

Machado made his MLB debut in August 2012. In 2013, Machado earned a spot on the American League (AL) All-Star team on his way to leading the league in doubles with 51. He was also recognized as one of the best fielders in the game, winning a Gold Glove Award. Machado won his second Gold Glove in 2015, and made the All-Star Game in 2015 and 2016. His defensive prowess has earned him frequent comparisons to former Orioles third baseman and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. In 2018, Machado was hitting .313 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs, and made his fourth All-Star appearance. An impending free agent, he was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers the day after the game and helped the team make the World Series. Machado struggled in the series, batting just .182 with no extra base hits as the Dodgers fell to the Boston Red Sox. That offseason, Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres, the richest contract in the history of North American sports at the time.

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Machado with the Padres in 2019
San Diego Padres – No. 13
Third baseman / Shortstop
Born: July 6, 1992 (age 27)
Hialeah, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2012, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through July 13, 2019)
Batting average.281
Home runs198
Runs batted in574
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Machado was born and raised in Hialeah, Florida. He was raised by his mother, Rosa Machado, his grandfather, Francisco Nunez, and his uncle, Geovanny Brito.[1] He is of Dominican heritage.[2][3] Machado grew up in Hialeah alongside Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, and while they are not related by blood they consider each other to be cousins.[4]

Machado attended Brito Miami Private School in Miami, and committed to attend Florida International University. He grew up a fan of the Miami Marlins.[5]

Professional career

Minor leagues

Machado was selected third overall in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles.[6] He was the second high school player drafted, as well as the second position player. He signed a $5.25 million contract, just minutes before the deadline on August 16, 2010. While his agent Scott Boras was negotiating his contract, Machado spent the summer of 2010 playing for USA Baseball's 18-and-under national team.[1][7][8][9] Machado was introduced by the Orioles in mid-September when the Orioles hosted the New York Yankees.[10]

On August 22, Machado reported to the Orioles minor league complex to join the Gulf Coast League Orioles.[11] Machado made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on August 27, 2010, where he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He played as the designated hitter.[12] Machado hit his first professional home run in his second game with the Orioles.[13] Machado made his debut with the Low-A Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York–Penn League on August 30, 2010 where he went 1-for-3 with a single. He played shortstop, instead of being the DH, as he did with the Orioles, and he was pulled after the fifth inning.[14] Machado began the 2011 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds, playing shortstop. He hit five home runs before May 1, and was named the South Atlantic League player of the week for April 25 – May 1.[15] After missing several weeks with a knee injury, he returned to play 10 more games and appear in the SAL All-Star Game on June 21, 2011. After the game, he was promoted to the High-A Frederick Keys.[16] He was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[17]

Baltimore Orioles (2012–2018)

2012

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Machado with Orioles in 2012

The Orioles promoted Machado to the major leagues from the Double-A Bowie Baysox on August 9, against the Kansas City Royals.[18] He started at third base, as the team already had J. J. Hardy at shortstop. The following day, against the same opponent, he hit his first and second career home runs, making him the youngest Oriole and 12th youngest player in major league history to have a multi-homer game.[19][20] The two home runs were both off of former number-one overall draft choice Luke Hochevar. He then hit his third career home run on August 12 off of Bruce Chen. In Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS, Machado hit his first career postseason home run. The Orioles lost the division series to the New York Yankees in five games.[21]

Machado finished his rookie season having played in all 51 of the remaining Oriole games. In 202 plate appearances, he hit .262 with eight doubles, three triples, 7 home runs, 26 RBI, and two steals in as many attempts. He collected 50 hits and scored 24 runs.[22]

2013

Machado had three hits on May 27, giving him 40 multi-hit games in his career, tying Ty Cobb for the major league record for the most multi-hit games before age 21 in history; on May 30, he went 2-for-3 to break Cobb's record. Machado's 44 hits in May 2013 were the second-most in a month by a player under 21 behind Mickey Mantle's 46 in July 1952.[23] At the end of May, Machado led the major leagues with 25 doubles and was tied for the MLB lead in hits (79) with reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Exactly halfway through the season, Machado got his 37th double, putting him on pace to break the single season record (67) in his first full season.[23]

On June 27, 2013, Machado argued a correctly ruled strike-three call, leading to his first career MLB ejection. Coincidentally, this was also the first career MLB ejection for the umpire who threw him out, Will Little.[24]

An All-Star, he slashed .310/.337/.470 with 7 home runs, 45 RBI, and 39 doubles in the first half.[22]

Machado suffered a left knee injury when reaching first base after a hit on September 23, 2013. Machado received immediate medical attention and left the game on a stretcher.[25] The injury also ended his consecutive games played streak at 207. Machado was ruled out for the 2013 season. He finished the year hitting .283/.314/.432 with 14 HR, 71 RBI and 51 2B.[26] He led the American League in doubles, at-bats (667) and fielding percentage at third base (.973).

On October 10, Machado opted to have reconstructive surgery performed on his knee to reduce the chance of future dislocations. The surgery would sideline him for 4–6 months, but he was still expected to return sometime around Opening Day.[27]

On October 29, Machado won the Gold Glove Award at third base, the first by an Oriole third baseman since Brooks Robinson's 16-year run from 1960–1975.[28] On November 8 of the same year, Machado won the AL Platinum Glove Award.

2014

On April 29, 2014, he was removed from the disabled list[29] after knee surgery recovery and on May 1, he was greeted by a standing ovation from the hometown Baltimore fans prior to the first game of a doubleheader sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 1, 2014, Machado hit his 1st career grand slam in a 9-4 Orioles victory over the Houston Astros.

On June 7, 2014, Machado was running to third base on a ground ball when he was tagged by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson. This incident led to a bench clearing brawl. On June 8, 2014, Machado struck Athletics catcher Derek Norris with his bat during the follow-through of his swing. Norris was taken out of the game as a result. In the 8th inning, Machado threw his bat in the direction of third base in response to two consecutive inside pitches thrown by Oakland reliever Fernando Abad. The umpires determined that the bat was meant for Abad, and both Abad and Machado were ejected from the game. The next day, Machado issued a formal apology to his teammates and Oakland.[30] On June 10, Machado was fined and suspended five games for his actions.[31] After losing an appeal, Machado began serving his suspension on June 30.[32]

On August 11, Machado injured his right knee while batting in a home game against the New York Yankees. Although originally describing it as a sprain, ten days later the Orioles announced that the injury required surgery and that Machado was out for the season.[33]

2015

Machado started the 2015 season healthy. By June 18, he had already tied his career high for home runs, which was 14 in 2013.[34] Machado was named to the American League roster for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game and was selected as a participant for the 2015 Home Run Derby.[35] On October 1, Machado became the seventh Oriole to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.[36]

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Machado during the 2015 season

Machado was the only major league player to appear in all 162 games in 2015.[37] He batted .286 after collecting 181 hits, along with 35 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 20 steals. He led the American League in power-speed number (25.5).[38] He made 21 errors, fifth-most of all players in the AL and second-most of all AL third basemen.[39] He finished fourth in the American League in MVP voting and won his second career Rawlings Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive play at third. Machado set career-high numbers in games played (162), runs scored, home runs, RBIs, walks, steals, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, on-base plus slugging, and Wins Above Replacement.[40]

2016

Machado hit safely in the first ten games of the season. On April 23, Machado extended his hit streak to 16 games, a new career best.[41] Machado's hit streak peaked at 16 games before ending. During the hot streak, Machado went 27-for-68 while slashing .397/.446/.779, while hitting six home runs and driving in 11. On April 28, he hit his second career grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs in a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Machado was named AL Player of the Month for April, after going 33-for-96 (.344), hitting ten doubles, seven home runs, driving in 17 runs, while slugging .667 with a .394 on-base percentage.[22]

Machado set a new career-high for RBIs on May 8 against the A's, when he hit two home runs (including his second grand slam of the year), while driving in six in an 11-3 victory.[42]

On June 7, Machado charged the mound against Kansas City Royals' pitcher Yordano Ventura, punching Ventura in the face and igniting a benches-clearing brawl. Machado charged the mound after Ventura hit Machado with a first-pitch, 99-mph fastball in the back. Both players were ejected. On June 9, Machado received a four-game suspension for the incident,[43] which he was initially going to appeal, in the end deciding not to. The suspension was served from June 19–22, 2016. In his first game back, Machado went 2-for-4 and hit a home run.

Machado slashed .318/.375/.569 with a .944 OPS, 19 home runs and 53 RBIs before the All-Star break. He collected 109 hits and was named to his third career All-Star game, and his first ASG start. Manny went 0-for-3 in the ASG.

He was the second player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of the first three innings of a game in a 10–2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 7.[44] The feat was previously accomplished by the White Sox's Carl Reynolds in a 15–4 win which was the nightcap of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 1930.[45] Machado was actually the first to hit all three that cleared the fence; two of Reynolds' were inside the park.[44] The three homers within the first three innings of a contest were achieved for the first time since the Seattle Mariners' Mike Cameron did it in the same ballpark in a 15–4 win on May 2, 2002.[46] Machado was also the ninth player to homer in three consecutive innings at any point during a match and the first Oriole to hit three in a game since Chris Davis in a 9–2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 20, 2014.[47][48]

On August 26, Machado hit his 30 and 31st home runs of the season, becoming the third Oriole on the year to hit 30 home runs (Mark Trumbo & Chris Davis). The three became the first trio of Orioles to hit 30+ homers in a single season. It was also Machado's tenth homer of the month, making him, Trumbo and Davis the first trio of Orioles with 10 or more home runs in a month.

On August 30, Machado hit his 100th career home run in a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit the homer in his 578th game, making him the third-fastest Oriole to 100 homers. He also became the youngest Oriole to hit his 100th home run (24 years, 55 days).

Machado hit his MLB-leading third grand slam of the season on September 6 in an 11-2 win over the Rays. With the homer, he set a new career-high in the RBI column, surpassing his 86 from the previous season. It was also his 102nd career homer, tying him with teammate JJ Hardy for 25th on the all-time Orioles home run list. He became the youngest Oriole ever to have three grand slams in the same season. He also tied the MLB record for most grand slams in a season age 24 or younger. Manny had five RBIs in the game, and joined the likes of Miguel Tejada and Jim Gentile as the only Orioles players with four five-RBI games in the same season. On September 18, Machado surpassed his previous season high in home runs, hitting his 36th, against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Machado ended his regular season having played in 157 games, slashing .294/.343/.533 while hitting a career-high 37 home runs and driving in a career-high 96 runs. He recorded career highs in runs scored, strikeouts, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases.

2017

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Machado in 2017

On January 13, Machado and the Orioles avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.5 million deal for the 2017 season. On April 16, Machado hit his second home run of the season and moved into a tie for 26th on the Orioles all-time list with 107. On April 28, 2017, Machado hit a home run off of CC Sabathia that bounced off the facade of the deck above Monument Park in straightaway center field, measuring 470 feet. Although the Orioles led 9-1, they lost 11-14 in 10 innings.[49]

On April 21, Machado became the center of controversy surrounding his slide that injured Dustin Pedroia and sidelined him for three games. Machado maintained that the allegedly late slide was unintentional, and contacted Pedroia after the game.[50] Nevertheless, two days later, Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez appeared to intentionally throw at Machado’s knees, missing each time. A few innings later, a pitch from reliever Matt Barnes narrowly missed Machado’s head and hit his bat. Barnes was ejected and received a 4-game suspension. Barnes denied the near-miss was intentional: “That’s kind of a line you don’t cross...fortunately, it didn’t hit him, but I think he’s got every right to be mad that that one got loose.”[51] A week later, on May 2, Machado dodged a pitch from Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale that ended up missing behind him. Machado expressed his displeasure with how the MLB had handled the situation after the game in a profanity-laced interview:[52]

“If you’re going to f—ing hit me, hit me, go ahead. Don’t let the s— keep f—ing lingering around and keep trying to f—ing hit people...It’s f—ing bulls—, and MLB should do something about it. F—ing pitchers out there with f—ing balls in their hands throwing 100 miles per hour, trying to hit people. I’ve got a f—ing bat too. I could go up there and crush somebody if I wanted to, but you know what? I’ll get suspended for a year and the pitcher only gets suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

On May 10, Machado became the first Oriole in franchise history to collect 270 extra-base hits before turning 25 – only the 30th player in MLB history to do so.

On August 7, Machado hit a game-winning grand slam against the Angels in the seventh inning. A week later he hit his second grand slam of the season. Four days later, Machado hit a walk-off grand slam against the Angels, his third home run of the game and his seventh career grand slam. It was also his second career three-homer game, joining Chris Davis, Goose Goslin, Eddie Murray and Boog Powell as the only Orioles in franchise history with multiple three-homer games. He also became the first Orioles player to record multiple 3-grand slam seasons, and just the second player in recorded MLB history with back-to-back seasons of three or more grand slams. On August 23, he hit a walk-off solo home run, the fourth of his career. In all, Machado hit three walk-off home runs in 2017, the most by any MLB player that season.[53]

Machado won AL Player of the Month in August, slashing .341/.348/.690 with an OPS of 1.038. He hit 12 homers, six doubles and one triple, while driving in 35 runs and scoring 23 times.

Despite a poor first half, Machado finished his season strong in the second half, ending the year having slashed .259/.310/.471 with 33 doubles, 33 home runs, 95 RBI and nine stolen bases. He made 14 errors, second-most among all AL third basemen.[39] He was also a finalist for Rawlings Gold Glove award, losing out to fellow-AL East third baseman Evan Longoria.

2018

For 2018, Machado was moved back to shortstop, his natural position.[54] Batting .313 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs, Machado was named the starting shortstop for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[55]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2018)

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Machado with the Dodgers in 2018

On July 18, 2018, Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Breyvic Valera and Zach Pop.[56] Unable to use his No. 13 uniform number in Los Angeles since it was already worn by infielder Max Muncy, Machado chose uniform No. 8 because he was a Kobe Bryant fan growing up.[57] He debuted as a Dodger on July 20 against the Milwaukee Brewers and had two singles and two walks.[58] He recorded his 1,000th career hit on August 9, off of Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies.[59] In 66 games with the Dodgers, Machado finished with a .273 batting average, 13 home runs, and 42 RBI. Overall in 2018, combined with both teams, Machado played 162 games with a .297 average, 35 doubles, 37 home runs, and 103 RBI.

After defeating the Rockies 5-2 in a tiebreaker, the Dodgers clinched the NL West pennant.[60] Machado was fined an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into first base in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers. Machado caught the foot of Brewers' first baseman Jesus Aguilar with his own, which prompted the benches to clear.[61] Machado was the final out of the 2018 World Series, striking out against Chris Sale to end game five. He hit just .182 in the series with no extra base hits.

San Diego Padres (2019–present)

Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres on February 21, 2019. It was the largest free-agent contract in American sports history until Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies two weeks later.[62]

International career

COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championship (United States)

In 2009, he played for the 18U United States team in the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championship. They finished 8–0, won the gold medal, and qualified for the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship. [63][2]

World Baseball Classic (Dominican Republic)

Machado played for the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic,[64] where he was nicknamed "El Ministro de la Defensa" for his defense.[65] He was named the most valuable player in the first round's Pool C, in which he batted .357.[66]

The Dominican team lost to the US in Pool F, failing to advance to the championship round. Machado slashed .269/.321/.462 in six games while hitting a pair of doubles and a home run.

Though born in Florida, Machado decided to play for Dominican Republic because of his strong family heritage, including his grandfather who grew up in La Vega, Dominican Republic. He expressed his decision as:[2]

“There was no way I could pass on representing the Dominican Republic in the WBC. It’s in my blood. I’m doing it for my mother. I’m doing it for my uncle. I’m doing it for everybody who has supported me in my career.

And most of all, I’m doing it for my grandfather.

Honestly, if he were here to watch me play in the WBC, I don’t think he would have any words to describe how it would make him feel. Which would be O.K., because whether he’s here or not, the only word that will matter when I put that jersey on will be the country on the front: Dominicana.”

Scouting report

Keith Law, a writer for ESPN.com and the lead baseball analyst for Scouts, Inc., said in 2010 that if Machado stayed at shortstop, "you have a potential All-Star offensively who is no worse than average with the glove".[67] In the middle of his first full MLB season (2013), Fangraphs evaluated Machado as the best third baseman in baseball, by a wide margin.[68] Machado has been compared to New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, whom he considers his mentor.[67][69][70] Machado said "it's a great honor" to be compared to Rodriguez, but he doesn't compare himself to anyone.[67] Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer compared Machado to another large-framed shortstop/third baseman: "He reminds me of how I think Cal (Ripken) would have been if he had played third base his entire career."[71]

Personal life

In November 2014, Machado married his longtime girlfriend Yainee Alonso, the sister of Yonder Alonso.[72] He has a dog named Kobe, as he was a huge fan of basketball player Kobe Bryant while growing up.[57]

Machado's agent is Dan Lozano. He was represented by Scott Boras at the start of his career.[73]

See also

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2010 Major League Baseball draft

The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 7–9, 2010 at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

2012 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

2013 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2013 Baltimore Orioles season was the 113th season in franchise history, the 60th in Baltimore, and the 22nd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles began the 2013 season on April 2 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

2014 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2014 Baltimore Orioles season was the 114th season in franchise history, the 61st in Baltimore, and the 23rd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Birds would finish in first place in the American League East Division and return to the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, claiming their first division championship since 1997. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series and advanced to the AL Championship Series, where they were in turn swept by the Kansas City Royals.

New Oriole Nelson Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40; following Chris Davis' 2013 championship this was the first time in franchise history two Orioles (or Browns) had won back-to-back home run titles. As a team the Birds hit 211 home runs to lead baseball, their third consecutive 200-homer season (another franchise first).

2015 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2015 Baltimore Orioles season was the 115th season in franchise history, the 62nd in Baltimore, and the 24th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They were attempting to defend their 2014 AL East title, but were eliminated from the division title race on September 23, ​11 1⁄2 games back from Toronto. They were entirely eliminated from the postseason on September 28, ​6 1⁄2 games back from Houston for the second AL wild card spot. They finished the season .500, their 4th straight non-losing season under manager Buck Showalter.

The one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season was first baseman Chris Davis winning the MLB Home Run Championship with 47, the third consecutive year in which the crown was won by an Oriole after Davis in 2013 and Nelson Cruz in 2014. Third baseman Manny Machado was the only player in the majors to play all 162 games, a reassuring feat after Machado had missed significant portions of the preceding two seasons due to knee injuries.

2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.

On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2016 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2016 Baltimore Orioles season was the 116th season in franchise history, the 63rd in Baltimore, and the 25th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They improved on their 2015 record of 81–81 (.500). They ensured this by winning their 82nd game on September 18 against the last place Tampa Bay Rays. They were eliminated from division contention on September 24, 7 games behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox, who would go on to clinch the division on September 28. They would advance to the playoffs on the last day of the season, October 2, where they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Wild Card Game 5–2 in 11 innings; this was the Orioles' third postseason appearance in five years.

Right fielder Mark Trumbo won the MLB and American League home run championships with 47; 2016 was the fourth consecutive year in which an Oriole won the homer crown following Chris Davis in 2013, Nelson Cruz in 2014 and Davis again in 2015. Closer Zach Britton recorded a perfect 47 saves in 47 opportunities; Britton set an all-time record of 43 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run. Britton's 0.54 ERA was the lowest ever recorded by a pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2017 World Baseball Classic – Pool C

Pool C of the First Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic was held at Marlins Park, Miami, Florida, United States, from March 9 to 12, 2017, between Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Pool C was a round-robin tournament. Each team played the other three teams once, with the top two teams – the Dominican Republic and the United States – advancing to Pool F, one of two second-round pools. Manny Machado of the Dominican Republic was named MVP for the first-round Pool C bracket of the WBC, after batting .357.

2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season was the 129th for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 61st season in Los Angeles, California. They played their home games at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers suffered a season-ending injury to star shortstop Corey Seager early in the season and started the season 16-26, but went 76-45 to close out the season. Rookie pitcher Walker Buehler had a break out season, as did pitcher Ross Stripling and infielder Max Muncy.

They defeated the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game to claim their sixth straight National League West Championship and became the first team to win six straight division championships since the New York Yankees won nine straight from 1998-2006 and only the third overall (the Atlanta Braves won 14 from 1991-2005). They opened the playoffs by defeating the Atlanta Braves in four games in the Division Series and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the National League Championship Series. It was the third straight NLCS appearance for the Dodgers, a franchise record and the second consecutive National League pennant. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series, their second straight World Series loss. The Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since the Texas Rangers did so in 2010 and 2011, and the first National League team to do so since the Braves in 1991 and 1992.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

2018 National League Championship Series

The 2018 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Milwaukee Brewers against the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2018 World Series against the AL Champions, the Boston Red Sox.

The series was the 49th in league history, with Fox airing all games in the United States. This series was the first time two teams that won their division in a tiebreaker game faced each other in a playoff series, as well as the first postseason match-up between the Brewers and Dodgers. For the first time since 2012, the NLCS reached a game seven, with the Dodgers defeating the Brewers and winning back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977–1978.

For the second year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the ALCS, this NLCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.

2018 National League Division Series

The 2018 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2018 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded first through third) and a fourth team—the Wild Card Game winner—played in two series.

These matchups were:

(1) Milwaukee Brewers (Central Division champions) vs. (5) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (East Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with Doosan, the series was formally known as the National League Division Series presented by Doosan. The Brewers and the Dodgers won their respective series to advance to the Championship Series.

Dan Lozano

Dan Lozano (born March 3, 1967) is a professional sports agent, specializing in baseball. He is the founder of MVP Sports Group, a sports agency based in Los Angeles, CA. His current clients include many notable MLB players such as Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Beltrán, Manny Machado, Nick Swisher, Michael Young, Brian Wilson and Mike Piazza. He has worked professionally as an agent for over 23 years, and has negotiated numerous deals including some of the largest deals in baseball history such as Mike Piazza's 7-year $91 million deal with the New York Mets, Albert Pujols’ $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Joey Votto's $225 million extension with the Cincinnati Reds.

Machado

Machado is a surname of Portuguese and Spanish origin meaning the word "axe" or "hatchet" dating back to approximately 2nd century Europe. It is commonly found in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Latin America, and India (southern Tamil Nadu) due to the Portuguese and Spanish colonization during the age of discovery. It can also be found in Macao, China and several former Portuguese territories in Africa. Machado meaning axe. In Aramaic Makkaba and Modern Hebrew Makebet – also spelled Machabees – it is the surname of Judas Machabee, that was later extended to all the descendants of Matityahu ben Yoḥanan HaKohen, head of the Hasmonean family, who had five sons. Jewish Encyclopedia reveals faithfully five hammers hatchets for this Coat of Arm family’s surname. The surname may be associated with Jewish background as listed in Archivio di Stato di Genova, Comunità Israelitica di Genova. (State Arquives of Genova – Israelite Community of Genova). Jews are attested in Genova since Roman times. Two letters written in the years 507 and 511 by Theodoric, the Ostrogothian king, speak about "jura veterum" (old rights) of the Jews and the right to "rebuild" the roof of the synagogue given to the Jews of Genova. This surname is one of the most frequent found in documents from Genova’s Synagogue (Italy).The Machados in India were populated after the conversion of Paravar race of Tuticorin (District of Tamil Nadu in India) to Catholicism by the Portuguese in the year 1532, a few years after they began trading in India.

The word machado means axe in Portuguese.

Notable people with the surname include:

Alicia Machado, Venezuelan Miss Universe

Anderson Machado, United States baseball player

Andre Luiz Machado, Brazilian composer

Antonio Machado, Spanish poet

Bernardino Machado, Portuguese statesman

Carmen Maria Machado, American writer

Celso Machado, Brazilian musician and composer

China Machado, fashion model, editor, television producer

Cristian Machado, Brazilian heavy metal singer

Danny Machado, American Filmmaker

Djair Baptista Machado, Brazilian footballer

Félix Machado, Venezuelan boxer

Gerardo Machado, Cuban independence hero and politician

Gustavo Machado, Venezuelan politician

Honorio Machado, Venezuelan racing cyclist

Israel Machado, Brazilian basketball player

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer

J. P. Machado, American football player

Julio Machado, Venezuelan baseball player

Justina Machado, United States actress

Leandro Machado, Brazilian footballer

Leandro Ruiz Machado, Brazilian water polo player

Luis Alberto Machado, Venezuelan Minister of Intelligence

Manny Machado, United States baseball player

Manuel Machado, Spanish writer

Manzi Matchado, Australian Portrait Photographer and DJ

Marcelo Machado, Brazilian basketball player

María Corina Machado, Venezuelan politician

Octávio Machado, Portuguese footballer and coach

Paulo Machado, Portuguese footballer

Priscila Machado, Miss Brazil 2011

Rob Machado, United States surfer

Robert Machado, Venezuelan baseball player

Rod Machado, United States pilot

Rui Machado, Portuguese tennis player

Teresa Machado, Portuguese Olympic athlete

Tiago Machado, Portuguese road racing cyclist

Tina Machado, American businesswoman and Miss Hawaii USA 1985

Mateus Machado, Canadian Call Centre Legend

The Machado brothers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu teachers and competitors

Rigan Machado

Carlos Machado

Jean Jacques Machado

Joaquim Germano Pinto Machado Correia da Silva, Portuguese Governor of Macau

Matt Barnes (baseball)

Matthew David Barnes (born June 17, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg), he bats and throws right-handed. He made his MLB debut in 2014.

Barnes throws a high-90s four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup. Prior to being drafted by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, he played college baseball at University of Connecticut, where he was named a First Team All-American.

Ron Fowler

Ronald L Fowler (born 1943/1944) is the executive chairman of the ownership group of the San Diego Padres franchise in Major League Baseball (MLB). He also serves as the CEO of Liquid Investments Incorporated, a San Diego beer distributorship.

Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso (born April 8, 1987) is a Cuban professional baseball first baseman for the Colorado Rockies organization. He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to entering the major leagues, he played college baseball at the University of Miami.

Yordano Ventura

Yordano Ventura Hernández (Spanish: [ɟʝoɾˈðano βenˈtuɾa]; June 3, 1991 – January 22, 2017) was a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ventura made his MLB debut on September 17, 2013. Known as a power pitcher, his fastball topped out at 102 mph in his career. He won the 2015 World Series with the Royals. On January 22, 2017, Ventura was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic.

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