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How does Manny Machado compare with some of baseball's young phenoms?
How does Manny Machado compare with some of baseball's young phenoms?

When he charges onto the infield grass, makes that barehanded pickup and throws a rocket to first, Manny Machado reminds Orioles fans of a superstar third baseman of yesteryear. When he breaks out of the batter's box on a liner into the gap and hits first base in full stride on his way to another double, Machado shows old-school hustle. And when he quietly strolls through clubhouse, proudly wearing his "Hakuna Machado" T-shirt while nodding to teammates, and, occasionally, breaking out an infectious smile, he flashes a necessary balance of confidence and respect. So where are the reminders that this kid is 20? Or that he was in Double-A Bowie this time last year and in a...

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