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Manny Machado Named to AL All-Star, Will Make Fourth Appearance

July 08, 2018 - 7:49 pm

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles dropped their sixth straight game in a 10-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins today but received great news shortly after. They’ll have at least one player represented in the “Midsummer Classic” in Washington, D.C. on July 17th.

Manny Machado was named the starting shortstop of the American League All-Star team. He joins a star-studded group along with Jose Altuve, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and many others. 

Machado is making his fourth career appearance in just seven seasons. The 26-year-old has been one of the Orioles’ top players since coming into the league in 2010.

Despite the Orioles’ struggles, has been the leading bat in the clubhouse and on pace for a career season. He currently bolsters a .313/.382/.560 slash line with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs through 88 games. A two-way player, Machado is also one of the best infield defenders in the MLB, attracting plenty of trade interest as the July 31st non-waiver deadline quickly approaches.

Per MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Machado dominated the AL shortstop voting and finished over 1.7 million votes ahead of Carlos Correa.

Machado undeniably deserves this prestigious award, but the question remains, will he be sporting orange and black once the All-Star game comes around?