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Manny Machado homers twice in second major league game

Aug 10, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

Manny Machado AP AP

UPDATE: Check that, Machado just went deep again. He clubbed a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning that chased Hochevar from the ballgame. Here’s the video.

Per Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the 20-year-old is now the youngest player in Orioles history to have a multi-homer game. Goodness.

8:43 PM: It hasn’t taken long for Manny Machado to make an impact in Baltimore.

After going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in his major league debut last night, Machado hit his first career home run tonight against the Royals. The 20-year-old turned on a pitch from right-hander Luke Hochevar in the bottom of the fifth inning and deposited it over the left field fence. The solo shot put the Orioles in front 3-1.

You can watch the video of the home run here. Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that Machado is the youngest Oriole to homer since Hall of Fame right-hander Jim Palmer did it on May 16, 1965 vs. the Yankees at the age of 19. How crazy is that?

We’ll likely see some growing pains in the days ahead, but the rookie has already made the surprising Orioles more interesting.

  1. Andy Snakovsky - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    He just went deep again!!!! 2 Home Runs and 4 RBIs!!!!!

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Apparently the exact same kid caught both home runs.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Indeed he did. Craziness all around.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      I like that you specified that it was the exact same kind, as opposed to sorta the same kid.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Ohhh goddammit….I make fun of you and then have a typo….


    • prionogenic - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Not hatin’ but catching two homerun balls isn’t too difficult when the outfield seats are exactly packed

  3. chill1184 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Congrads to Machado

  4. Loose Changeup - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Harper, Trout, you’re on notice!

    • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Happy for him! Great to see! Saw him in the Futures game, very impressed.

  5. bmorethansteel - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM


  6. natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    I don’t get this. Lovely summer evening, contending team, hot new rookie—

    17,277 at Camden Yards

    What wrong in Ballmer?

    • zackattack410 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      O wait you’re a nats fan and probably a skins fan too. Sorry that your life sucks.

      • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Not a potatoes fan. Puh-leese.

        Is it wrong to wonder why O’s fans don’t support their team?

      • chill1184 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM


        You do realize what long term losing does to a fan base right?

      • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        (sigh) yes. Not to mention their owner. But it’s a shame. They have good players, did the right thing signing Jones, electric new rookie, contending team, renovated the stadium…

      • rarson - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

        It’s also a mid-week game. Weekend games have been getting pretty packed. Attendance is up this year.

      • jl9830 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        I hope you’re not an Orioles fan telling someone else their sports life sucks…

    • randomdigits - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      They haven’t had a winning season since 1997.

      • wethog66 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        I have been to 1 MLB game this year. Opening day at Nats Park. During that game I had to shell out $30 for 1 “Large” Beer, 1 bottle of water, and 2 hot dogs. I haven’t been to a Nats or O’s game since.

        The teams want butts in the seats then how about slashing prices for refreshments in half so it doesn’t cost me a small fortune to feed myself and my family at a game? $30 for 2 drinks and 2 dogs? For $30 I can buy an 8 pack of Esskay dogs, 8 pack of buns, mustard, ketchup, 12 pack of Bud bottles, chips, dip, and still have money left over to order a pizza probably while I watch the O’s or Nats on my fabulous HD TV. On top of that I won’t have to wait in line to take a piss.

      • randomdigits - Aug 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        O’s allow you to bring food into the stadium.

    • DJ MC - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Attendance is up a little under 4,000 over last year. There have already been eight games over 40,000 attendance this season, compared to two all of 2011. Plus, the Orioles haven’t even played a weekend series against the Yankees or Red Sox; those always pack the house, for better or worse.

      Attendance is going up, because the Orioles are winning. Attendance isn’t where it should be, because the Orioles spent a long time not winning.

      Also…Manny freakin’ Machado!

      • Andy Snakovsky - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        As a fellow O’s fan i want to agree that the many years of losing affects people coming back but look at Pittsburgh tonight. They have had a longer run of losing seasons and are also playing a crap team in San Diego and that place is packed. Us O’s fans have to do the same this team is for real, its time to support it.

      • DJ MC - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        I’d like to see more people in the seats, too. I’m just pointing out that attendance isn’t still going down or remaining stagnant despite the record. People are starting to come back, and the longer this team stays in the race the more it will happen.

    • madhatternalice - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      It’s not the long term losing so much as the fact that we feel so betrayed by Angelos that the thought of giving him money makes us nauseous…

      • DJ MC - Aug 11, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        When the team is losing, even if I don’t agree with it I can’t argue much otherwise.

        Now, though? Either support your team or don’t. The whole point about complaining about management and ownership is that they don’t do enough to win. Well, this year they’re winning, and if you still can’t bring yourself to support your team when they are doing what you want…

      • madhatternalice - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        What does that even mean? “Support your team.” What kind of 20th century nonsense is that? It must be nice to make blanket statements and judgments from behind an anonymous handle.

        and if you still can’t bring yourself to support your team when they are doing what you want…

        Peter? Is that you? Who else would equate fan support to buying a ticket…

  7. moagecu - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Nothing’s wrong wit Baltimore, they are playing the royals…. No one cares about watching the royals.

    • natslady - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Sorry, I don’t buy that. You go to watch your team, not the opponents’ team.

      • jl9830 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Well, that’s not the way it is at Camden. Go for an O’s-Yankees or O’s-Red Sox game, and you will have the majority of fans rooting for the visitors. That’s just the way it is, so you’d better buy that.

  8. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    very good to hear another young gun doing well.

    good luck manny!

  9. rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Sorry I’m late to the party but I’ll do my best to catch up.

    Mach-O man (copyrighted as of this moment) drops 2 bombs in the seats. 2nd game in the bigs. To paraphrase Harold Reynolds “before it was A-Rod, Nomar and Jeter. Now it’s Harper, Trout and Machado.” impressive start, not expecting this EVERY night but I do expect the effort to continue through ups and downs.

    Fact is this team was winning in spite of the terrible defense at 3rd and subpar bats. Now they look to have improved both aspects and with our potentially shaky pitching this is a huge help.

    • randomdigits - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Except A-Rod, Nomar and Jeter all played the same position in the same league. Bit easier to compare them then the new big three.

      • rarson - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        The position and league have nothing to do with the comparison that is being made.

      • jl9830 - Aug 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        Yes it is, Rarson, because Nomar, Jeter, and A-Rod weren’t the three best young players in baseball. They were the three best SHORTSTOPS in baseball, which made them special.

  10. rockthered1286 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    One more for @natschick

    First and foremost much respect. Your team is rocking out, management went out and made great acquisitions to get the team where they are today. THAT BEING SAID imagine if they didn’t go out and get Gio or Werth or Jackson and instead opted to save money (for the owner) and grab scrubs year in and year out. I was 10 the last time the O’s had a winning season. Motivation is not there for me to go to games growing up and with a football team like the Ravens in town most people push their disposable income to attend those games instead.

    That being said you bet your ass I’ll be there Tuesday at the yard against the BoSox!! Can’t wait to see Machado in person!!

    • randomdigits - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      Werth was a terrible contract and the O’s didn’t have the talent in the minors to swing the Gio trade, not without giving up Machado.

  11. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Wait a minute prior to this a pitcher was the youngest Oriole to ever homer? That’s pretty nuts.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      A hall of fame pitcher at that.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        Well he peaked early because he only had 2 more for the rest of his career.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        deadeye: After Palmer’s 6th full season, the AL instituted a bizarre rule change, widely understood to have been suggested by Satan, called the Designated Hitter. Palmer did not get any at bats after that, which sharply reduced his chances of breaking Hank Aaron’s HR record.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        Ron Bloomberg, the harbinger of the end of the “Clubber” Jim Palmer era.

    • randomdigits - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      No, he was the youngest since Palmer.

  12. djstat - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Nats lady! No one watches your team either. Where has everyone in DC been since 05?

  13. skipbaylesslovesmen - Aug 11, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Poor attendance shows ownership that they aren’t doing their job. Why would you reward an ownership group that pockets the money coming from tickets and concessions instead of upgrading the roster? Look at the cubs. They sellout all the time and the team hasn’t done anything in years. What incentive is there for ownership to improve the roster if they can sell the place out and field a cheap team?

    And DC sports fans are the worst when it comes to “supporting the team by coming to the games”. How many games did the wizards sellout last year? How many did the caps sellout until they started winning? The redskins removed seats from FedEx field to keep up the facade of selling out games.

    And the nationals had NO ONE at the their brand new stadium the last two years except when the strasburg was pitching. there is a reason baseball teams last in DC…no goes and it’s too tough for teams to turn a profit.

    So keep hating on O’s fans Nats snobs have a team in your city for 13 years much less one that has been a loser for that long and then talk about how terrible we are for not supporting out team.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM


      If I could give you a thousand thumbs up, I would! Well said. Who is this bandwagon Nats fan calling out O’s fans for not going to games? They act like they’re in contention for the Red Sox sellout streak.

  14. kcksufan - Aug 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Wonder how he will do against major league pitching?…… (you know since it was against Hochevar.)

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