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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