Friday, May 17, 2013

Two days ago, a new record was set by a player under 21 years old. Take a guess, Bryce Harper or Mike Trout? While both young phenoms are likely candidates, neither one is the record-holder. The correct answer: Orioles' third baseman, Manny Machado. On Wednesday, Manny hit his 17th double of the season. Through the first 40 games of an MLB season, no player has hit as many doubles as Machado. So why hasn't Machado been added to baseball's Mount Olympus of baby-faced superstars? Harper and Trout have already been crowned as gods of the sport. That leaves Machado as a mere demi-god... at best. While it is easy to get caught up in all of the Harper/Trout fandom, Manny deserves his fair share of buzz. While Machado does not have as many homers as the other two, his batting average is 45 points higher than Harper's and 56 points higher than Trout's. He also has more RBI's (runs batted in) than Harper and a greater OBP (on-base percentage)  and  SLG (slugging percentage) than Trout. So why has Machado not been added to the pantheon of young baseball gods? Maybe for the same reason that Milwaukee Brewers' shortstop, Jean Segura, hasn't been either. Two words: small market. Oh let me back up, you haven't heard of Jean Segura? That's ok, google his stats and you'll know what I'm talking about. 

Milwaukee Brewers' SS, Jean Segura
Orioles' 3B, Manny Machado

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