Machado feeling no pressure going into Derby
With Showalter's support, O's All-Star not concerned about affecting swing, overdoing it
BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado isn't worried about the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders messing up his second-half swing. As the 23-year-old said Friday, he's just participating to live out a lifelong dream.
"I'm not going to go out there and blow out my back, try to overdo it. I'm just going to try to put some good swings out there and put on a show," said Machado, who watched the Derby every year while growing up. "I'm just going to try to hit the ball hard somewhere, and if they go out, they go out. If they don't, I guess I will be the one without homers there. Just go out there and have fun, I don't think you have to go out there and try to win the thing. Just go out and have fun."
Machado entered Friday with a career-high 19 homers, with 48 RBIs and a .301 batting average out of the leadoff spot. O's manager Buck Showalter said he's not planning on moving Machado down in the order anytime soon, and he also isn't concerned about Machado's participation in the Derby.
"I'm not one of those guys that thinks the Home Run Derby [messes with guys' swings], I'm sure you could find something statistically," Showalter said. "It's something that Manny has earned, and I don't want to take it away from him. It's great for him and his family. If something like that is going to happen, it's not meant to be anyway. We are not very strong mechanically if something like that will get in the way."
Machado is one of four All-Stars for the Orioles this season -- along with Adam Jones, Darren O'Day and Zach Britton -- and he has picked assistant hitting coach Einar Diaz to pitch to him.
"He's always thrown to me for the last couple years, and we have a chance of doing some good things out there," Machado said.
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