For the Birds: Machado teaching Showalter Smartphones 101

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is just four days removed from his 21st birthday.

The youngster is typically learning from the more experienced players, coaches, and manager Buck Showalter, as he is in his first full season in the major leagues.


And the knowledge he has absorbed has shown in his playing style. Machado was named as a reserve to this year's American League All-Star team, leads the league with 39 doubles, and is hitting .315 in the No. 2 hole for Baltimore.

But Machado has not only been a student of the game, he has been a teacher to Showalter. Not about baseball, but about technology.

Showalter revealed prior to Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers that Machado was giving Showalter a crash course in phone apps.

"He was trying to get me to learn how to download some stuff," Showalter said. "He looked at my phone and said 'You don't have any apps.' I said, 'What is an app?'

"Something about some music place you can go to. I said 'Manny, when do I have time to listen to music?"

The app Showalter spoke of was Pandora, an internet radio app.

"I know about Pandora's box," Showalter said. "He got quite a kick out of it. He's still laughing at. 'Buck, where's your apps?' I go, 'I don't know, where are they?' He's trying to get me with the times."