On August 9, 2012, a highly touted young player made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
That player was Manny Machado.
Machado quickly emerged into one of the game’s best pure hitters and brightest young stars.
Fast forward 10 years, and Machado is now a member of the San Diego Padres.
Alongside Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and Fernando Tatis Jr., Machado is one of the many stars in the Padres lineup.
Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of his MLB debut and he celebrated that in style, winning the game for San Diego against the San Francisco Giants with a three-run homer off of reliever Tyler Rogers.
Machado’s walkoff, by the way, comes on the 10-year anniversary of his big league debut.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 10, 2022
Machado Calls Game
Machado certainly saved the best for last on the 10-year anniversary of his Major League debut.
The Padres had coughed up a 4-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning, as closer Josh Hader had a rough outing.
But Machado was there to bail the Padres out in the bottom of the ninth.
This was a no-doubter too.
He hit it high and far and it was more than enough to help the Padres snap a five-game losing skid.
His bat flip was quite something too.
That’s the best possible way you can celebrate 10 years in the big leagues.
The Padres needed a clutch hit from him, and he delivered something even better, which was enough to give the Padres a badly needed victory.
Machado can always be counted on the clutch.
He’s been coming through in the biggest spots for the past 10 years.
It’s hard to believe he’s already been in the league for that long, but he certainly has a flare for the dramatic and has had some pretty memorable moments.