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September 5, 2010

Cal Ripken on Manny Machado

While Ripken was held captive by the media Sunday afternoon, the question had to be asked.

What does the greatest shortstop in franchise history think of the newest shortstop in the franchise?

Manny Machado, the club’s first round pick in 2010, played this week for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate owned and run by Ripken Baseball.

Ripken has watched the 18-year-old play, and has come away impressed. He buys the physical comparisons to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, also once a highly touted high school shortstop out of Miami.

Ripken also likes Machado’s 6-foot-3, 185 pound frame – from one big shortstop to another. And he likes the kid’s offensive potential; Machado had eight hits in his first 22 at-bats for Aberdeen.

“The ball jumped off his bat the other night. I like his size. And it is really clear he has emulated ARod. It’s really clear in his mannerisms,” Ripken said. “It’s probably unfair to make the comparisons that he’s an ARod type of player. But I liked his size, I liked his strength. He made a couple plays in the field really easy and I liked the way his ball jumped off his bat. He’s definitely got some good size to him.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 4:30 PM | | Comments (5)


Hey,hitting .363 to start a career in rookie ball ain't that bad.

IT was great to hear Cals comments on seeing machado play this year. Unfortunately Cal won't get to see him play again at aberdeen since Machado will likely be at a full season team next year and moving up not back..

Cal, "Big boy, hits the ball, fields grounders, carries himself like A-rod"....
???? Earth shattering words!

We can only hope that these two meet up with the Orioles in a few years. The question is does Cal come back first or does Manny beat him here.

I love stories like this. They are worthless. I mean, what do you expect Ripken to say?
"My God, he's horrible, why did they draft him? He'll never make it!"

They could have picked Bozo the Clown-and a couple times, they did-and anyone connected with the team would have said the same types of things.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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