We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

9. Manny Machado’s MLB debut/rookie season with Baltimore Orioles (August 9, 2012)

Machado had two hits (including a triple) in his much anticipated debut, but his first weekend would include three home runs, a double and 7RBI. Machado made some difference for the Birds at the plate the rest of the way (he hit .262 in 191 at-bats), but his solidifying of the team’s troubled third base position was perhaps the most significant final piece in clinching an AL Wild Card berth and a trip to the ALCS.

Actually, “solidifying” is the wrong term. Perhaps “perfecting” makes more sense.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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