Manuel Arturo Machado
Born in Hileah, Florida
On July 6, 1992nd, Manuel Arturo Machado was born in Hileah, Florida. In the sunshine state, Machado was raised by and supported by a strong family foundation from Mother, Rosa, his Grandfather Nunes, and Uncle Brito. Their Dominican spirit shines through his baseball ability. Right away Machado stood out, very highly recruited by Brito High School in Miami and in the Gulf Coast.
The hard throwing, nasty glove packing righty was selected 3rd overall in the MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He debuted in 2012, but exploded in the 2013 season. He snagged an All Star Team spot his sophomore season, leading the League with 51 doubles, and acquiring a Golden Glove. Machado earned another Golden Glove Award in 2015 solidifying his dangerous defensive dexterity. In anticipation for the 2019 season, the 26-year old signed the largest free agent contract in sports history, worth $300 million, with the San Diego Padres.
- Big Kobe Bryant fan. How big? Named his dog, Kobe.
- Nickname: El Ministro de la Defensa”
- Hosts BaseBowl Tournament charity event, for 4 years benefitting the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Play Baseball Program
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