BALTIMORE -- With teams all across MLB decked out in Father's Day blue, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado treated daughters, sons, moms and dads to a dazzling play worth sharing socially alongside their customary tributes and shout-outs.
It was in the eighth inning of Baltimore's 15-7 win over visiting St. Louis on Saturday. Machado fielded a Jedd Gyorko grounder to his backhand side, and the former All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner made the stop, going into foul territory and throwing across his body and off of his back foot.
Despite being off-balance, Machado threw a perfect strike to first baseman Trey Mancini.
"To make it even better, I had a good look at it. It's probably foul. It's probably a foul ball," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So, yeah. The most amazing thing is the throw and the velocity he can create from that arm angle. I was talking to Brian Butterfield, the third-base coach of the Red Sox, he was talking about how he's got a first-class seat there. One of the differences is the velocity and arm strength [Machado] can create from different slots and throw accurately.
"Think about the bar that he has set for himself. I can't say it now, but when I'm through, one day I'll tell you how I really feel about where he rates, comparatively speaking."