Manny Machado turns 23 today, and he's the most likely Orioles player to be selected to play in next Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati (Closer Zach Britton and center fielder Adam Jones are other strong candidates).
Since making his major league debut in Aug. 2012 at the age of 20, Machado is a career .283 hitter with 50 homers and 175 RBIs over parts of four seasons – including two hindered by recovery from surgeries on both knees.
Machado ranks in the top three of many Orioles franchise offensive categories for players before reaching their 23rd birthday.
According to STATS, LLC, Machado ranks first in hits (425), doubles (91), runs (202) and stolen bases (23). He also ranks third in home runs (50), RBI (175) and batting average (.283, min. 500 PA).
One side note, there's a distinct haze and unmistakable burning smell here at Target Field. Reports are that smoke from Canadian wildfires in the province of Saskatchewan are being blown south into Minnesota and have reached the Twin Cities.