O's Machado turns in Brooks-like play

Orioles' Manny Machado turns in Brooks Robinson-like play

Manny Machado has just turned 21, so if you happen to see him in a bar, you can now send over a drink. And he certainly deserves one for the play he made Sunday against the Yankees’ Luis Cruz.

On a ground ball up the line, the Orioles third baseman temporarily lost the handle but quickly recovered, then rocketed a throw to first — while falling away in foul ground, nearly so far he would have had to pay for one of those overpriced seats at Yankee Stadium — and nipped Cruz.

Yeah, we know that Machado, who’s headed to his first All-Star Game, is playing in only his initial full season in the majors. So it’s really premature, but darned if that play doesn’t remind folks of another Orioles third baseman you might have heard of.

Here's a better look at both of them in one shot to see how similar they are:

So drink up, Manny, and we’ll drink in every great play you make.

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