This is one to watch. Manny Machado, the 21-year-old Baltimore Orioles third baseman who was just named to the AL All-Star squad, proved why he should be a player to watch well into the 2020s with this stunning defensive play. Machado ranged all the way into foul territory to snag a hard-hit grounder off the bat of the Yankees' Luiz Cruz, then stopped and fired a strike from pretty much a different time zone.
Reaction from the baseball literati on Twitter summed up the play effectively enough:
Somewhere, Brooks Robinson is saying: I can't believe Manny Machado got to that ball.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 7, 2013
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 7, 2013
I'd say Manny Machado just made a Brooks Robinson-caliber play, but that might be underselling it. — Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) July 7, 2013
When beating Mariano Rivera on a go-ahead homer in the ninth is only the second-most-unbelievable part of a game, you know something special happened. Fine job, young master Machado.
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