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No. 9 Sports Story of the Year: Machado heads list of O's All-Stars, Gold Glovers

WHAT HAPPENED: After briefly showing what he could do late in the 2012 season, 20-year-old third baseman Manny Machado helped the Orioles turn in the best statistical defensive season in history in 2013. Baltimore set single-season records with a .991 fielding percentage and a mere 54 errors. Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and center fielder Adam Jones all received Gold Gloves for their performance. That trio, along with Chris Davis and Chris Tillman, were also American League All-Stars in 2013.
SIGNIFICANCE: The Orioles were the first team since the 2002-03 Seattle Mariners to have three Gold Glove winners in back-to-back seasons. Machado was the first Orioles' third baseman to win a Gold Glove since Brooks Robinson in 1975. Hardy is the third Baltimore shortstop to win the award in consecutive seasons and Jones is the second Orioles outfielder to win them consecutively. It was the first time since 1997 that the Orioles had five All-Stars.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: "He's phenomenal. Definitely the best I've ever played with, for sure," former Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts said of Machado's defense. "Every night you think you're going to see something you haven't seen before."
UPDATE: Machado had surgery on Oct. 14 to repair the torn patellofemoral ligament he suffered late in the season. Machado may not be ready for Opening Day, but it's possible he could be. All five of last year's All-Stars are under contract with Baltimore for next season and will try to help the Orioles return to the playoffs after missing out on a wild-card spot last season.