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Manny Machado is optimistic

Feb 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

Orioles top-prospect Manny Machado is either the most optimistic man on the planet or else he’s just an awesome team guy:

Machado is 19 now and hasn’t played above A-ball, so you figure he doesn’t see the bigs until 2013 at the earliest. Then figure he has until he’s in his late 30s or so until his career winds down. So, sure, I’ll grant him that the O’s could win the AL East sometime in the next 18-20 years or so.

But if he’s talking about the 2012 Orioles, yes, that’s a big jar of crazy sauce.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    The Orioles havent had a top prospect become a star in forever. The product on the field is aweful, the division there in is extremely tough, and the management is a joke. The owner is the problem, and everyone down here near Washington knows it. I give the Orioles credit for only one thing, they do have a beautiful park.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Aweful doesn’t sound so bad.

    • orioles4 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Given your rich tradition of baseball in DC, maybe you ought to field a winner before you turn your attention to Baltimore baseball.

      • dw3dw - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        MLB in Baltimore: 1954-2011 = 57 seasons
        MLB in Washington DC: 1901-1971, 2005-2011 = 76 seasons

        Sure, there was no team in DC from 1972 to 2004, but you could say the same for the Orioles since 1997. The Orioles haven’t fielded a team that has won more than 80 games in 15 years. At least you are allowed to bring soda into the stadium–that’s something.

      • natstowngreg - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        The Nats are working on the winning thing, while Orioles fans have little but memories of the days when their team was one of baseball’s class acts.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        We won 80 games last year. We have won 80 games twice since coming to Washington. The Orioles havent done that since the 90s.

    • JBerardi - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      The worst team with the worst farm system and the worst management in the AL East. It really can’t be understated just how bad their situation is.

      • baseballisboring - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        Agreed…I really feel for O’s fans. 2 powerhouses, a team on a shoe string budget that manages to be good every year, and another potential powerhouse in the making…and then they bring in Dan Duquette to clean up this mess. Oh dear god.

      • baseballisboring - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        I think it’s safe to assume the Nats are gaining fans rapidly…

    • orioles4 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      So 80 win seasons is your definition of a good year? I know the O’s are not a good team but the Washington Nots are a middle of the pack team so get off the high horse.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Sounds like he is channeling his inner-Buck Showalter.

  3. psuravens19 - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    As an O’s fan you have to love seeing this from one of your top prospects…

  4. raven410 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I like this kid!! Hopefully he can help bring a World Series title to Baltimore before I die..not holding my breath though. Love the attitude kid!

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I like the optimism. No matter how troubled your team and its operations are, you have to keep your head up and play your ass off. I respect his drive for success.

  6. brentlosee - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Pretty sure the Pirates thought the same thing 19 years ago too.

  7. dcbuff - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    the last game of the season meant something for us…stuck it to the red sox and we’ll definitly take that, at the least. i like his swag tho, definitly need it. better than wat luc scott had to say. we need ray ray to get into angelos office and shank out some money from him

  8. kiwicricket - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    How could you NOT be optimistic with a name like “Manny Machado”

  9. natstowngreg - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Great attitude, but if Bryce Harper said that, you (and many others) would be ripping him for being a jerk. That’s just reality.

    • dowhatifeellike - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Harper gets ripped for being a jerk because he’s a jerk. Machado is an unknown personality at this point.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Where can I get some of this crazy sauce and how spicy is it?

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