Manny Machado shows humility in winning his second Gold Glove award

In listening to Orioles third baseman Manny Machado talk Tuesday night about winning his second Gold Glove in three years, the one thing that stood out to me was the 23-year-old wunderkind¿s humility.

In listening to Orioles third baseman Manny Machado talk Tuesday night about winning his second Gold Glove in three years, the one thing that stood out to me was the wunderkind's humility.

In speaking about the honor, he acted exactly as he should – like he's been there before.


Machado is still just 23, and his occasional hotheadedness has gotten him in trouble sometimes. That causes concern, but you have to give credit when he shows this kind of maturity and respect to the game.

Machado won this year's Gold Glove over four-time winner Adrian Beltre and two-time winner Evan Longoria, two players who had established themselves as the best defensive third basemen when Machado was still taking grounders at shortstop at Double-A Bowie.

And Machado spoke glowingly of both, crediting them for helping him be a better third baseman. He said that when he was making the transition from shortstop to third base, he would study YouTube videos of Beltre and Longoria to help him learn how to play the position. Earlier this season, he also spoke glowingly of Beltre.

Machado was also humble in having his name spoken in the same breath as Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. Machado and Robinson are the only Orioles third basemen to win multiple Gold Gloves. Machado still has a long way to catch up with Robinson, who won 16 straight Gold Gloves from 1960 to 1975.

And Machado was quick to thank manager Buck Showalter and his staff, especially third base and infield coach Bobby Dickerson.

Dickerson's impact on Machado's growth shouldn't go unnoticed, especially as he wins his second Gold Glove at a position he's played fewer than four years.

When Machado was in the minor leagues, Dickerson was the Orioles' minor league infield instructor and he worked with Machado as a shortstop and later experimented at third base before he received his major league call-up in August of 2012.

And now, Dickerson keeps working with Machado at the major league level, and Machado said he's thankful for Dickerson constantly pushing him to keep getting better defensively.

"To this day, I'm still learning," Machado said. "I'm still learning. I'm grateful to have such a great third base coach as an infield coach as Bobby Dickerson. He pushes me every day. … I'm just lucky to have him by my side every day pushing me every day. We get into a lot of fights and stuff, but I think he just always wants the best for me and I'm grateful for having him by my side every day, pushing me every day to be the best third baseman I can."

It's good to see that despite having two Gold Gloves before his 24th birthday, Machado isn't satisfied with the player he is. It was refreshing to hear Machado admit that he and Dickerson bristle sometimes, but also that Machado knows he still has areas where he can improve.

Machado said Dickerson has pushed him to improve on his concentration in every play, which he said is the one thing he needs to improve on in order to become an even better defender.

"Just being in the moment," Machado said when asked what he need to improve on. "I think that's the biggest key, staying in the moment, staying in every pitch, every at-bat. I think that's something that's going to come with time and it's something that I want to put my mind into it. I know Bobby D., that's his only thing about me playing that position is what I just said. I think if I can get that down pat, I can finally make Bobby D. happy."