Machado 2nd O's player to post 30/20 season
Third baseman swipes third base vs. Blue Jays to reach mark
BALTIMORE -- With a pair of stolen bases in the bottom of the fourth inning of Thursday's 6-4 win against the Blue Jays, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado joined an elite club, becoming just the second player in franchise history to post 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.
"I could tell early in the game he was runnerish," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Manny, it's amazing to have ... It reminds me what it's like to be 23. Your legs actually feel that good after 158 games."
Machado joins Paul Blair, Don Baylor, Reggie Jackson and Brady Anderson -- who did it three times -- in the 20/20 club. Anderson, who is the club's vice president of baseball operations, is the other Orioles player to have a 30/20 season (1996).
"It's an honor. It's something I worked hard for," said Machado, who thanked all of the Orioles' coaches. "I've got to give props to them for keeping me going every day and getting myself to realizing what routine works for me and what I need to do every day to go out there and perform. I want to thank them for making this possible. At the end of the day I've worked hard to get here to this position, and it's just an honor to go out there and put myself in that position."
Machado, who is hoping to play all 162 games this season, has had a career year offensively in returning from back-to-back season-ending knee surgeries. On Thursday, he homered in the first and sixth innings for his 32nd and 33rd home runs. Machado stole second on lefty Jeff Francis and third on righty Bo Schultz.
"I was just trying to get it over with. Not too worried about it," Machado said of the 20 steals. "Basically go out there and put myself in a good scoring position and get it out of the way. I thought those were two perfect situations to go and do it and really take advantage of the situation."