July 6, 1992 (31)
Manny Machado is a Dominican-American professional baseball player primarily known for his roles as a third baseman and shortstop in Major League Baseball (MLB). Over the years, Machado has been a significant player for teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres, earning high praise for his defensive skills and hitting ability.
The progression of Machado’s career has been punctuated by standout performances, such as his time with the Baltimore Orioles where he hit 33 home runs during the 2015 season. His transfer to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 was another highlight, where he helped propel the team into the World Series, though they eventually lost to the Boston Red Sox. In 2019, he signed a ten-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres, one of the largest deals in American sports history.
Machado’s career also includes a host of notable collaborations. He has played alongside celebrities and significant figures in baseball such as Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and Jonathan Schoop while with the Orioles. During his brief stint with the Dodgers, he collaborated with players like Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner. In his current tenure with the Padres, Machado has shared the field with stars like Fernando Tatís Jr., Eric Hosmer, and Wil Myers.
When it comes to honors, Machado has a shelf full to display. He’s a multiple-time All-Star and has received two Gold Gloves for his defensive prowess, affirming his status as one of the league’s premier talents at his position. Specifically, he won Gold Glove Awards in 2013 and 2015, both times while playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He also snagged a Platinum Glove Award in 2013, given to the best defensive player in each league. His contribution to the game is also acknowledged by various Player of the Month and Player of the Week awards throughout his career.