** Another voice from Yahoo!, Tim Brown, wrote on Davis’ meeting with the media before Monday night’s Home Run Derby.
In fact, in an open-air room where the temperature might have pushed three digits, Davis seemed to hardly sweat. Not like all the fat sportswriters, anyway, who left puddles. Davis glowed and dabbed. His forearms were shaved smooth, along with his chest. He’d let the hair on his face grow, however.
He looks like a home run champion. He always did, which you suppose was part of the frustration of watching Chris Davis, of employing Chris Davis, and certainly of being Chris Davis.
** Paul White from USA Today writes about the emergence of third baseman Manny Machado this season and how he fits in with other young stars Harper and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.
Cruising through a media day alternating English and Spanish, Machado, who dumped his Twitter account after joining Baltimore last season, is more like Trout than Harper off the field, soft-spoken but savvy. On the field, Twitter or not, Machado can do at third base what Trout and Harper do regularly in the outfield — bring fans to their feet and fill up social media.
A group of scouts and front office personnel who gathered to watch Sunday's Futures Game entered into the Harper-Trout discussion. The consensus was shrugs and stammers. Translation: How can you decide?
** The Miami Herald caught up with Machado, a native son, and compared his path with that of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
A year ago at this time, the two went head-to-head in the 2012 Futures Game in Kansas City, Mo. Fernandez was playing for the Single A Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers at the time. Machado was the starting shortstop for the Double A Bowie (Md.) Bay Sox.
One summer later, they’re back at All-Star Week and playing in the big game together.