Dustin Pedroia

Schmuck: In today's baseball world, Manny Machado was too big for Baltimore

Schmuck: In today's baseball world, Manny Machado was too big for Baltimore

The Orioles finally kicked Manny Machado out of the nest Wednesday. Now he’ll get to play meaningful games with the Los Angeles Dodgers for at least the next 2½ months, and the O’s will move forward with some young players who might or might not help them do the same over the next few years.

This is how it always figured to end. The clock started running when Machado made his major league debut Aug. 9, 2012, and it was always going to run out at some point this year.

There was never any doubt about who he would become and what that would mean to a team that has to compete with major league baseball’s choicest beef on a hamburger...

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