Flashback Friday: The Orioles Sign Machado ... No, Not That One
Jan. 17, 2014
Here's some good news for Baltimore fans looking to keep a certain young third baseman in town for the long haul: The Orioles can retain free agents named Machado. They've done it before.
Saturday is the anniversary of the Orioles signing Robert Machado to his second free-agent deal with the team. The strong-armed journeyman catcher first signed with the O's on April 3, 2003. He reached a second free-agent deal with the team on Jan. 18, 2004.
Machado's two years in Baltimore were his final seasons in the bigs. He compiled a .197/.258/.279 slash line with two home runs and six RBI. He caught 14 of 31 would-be base stealers as a back-up to Brook Fordyce and Geronimo Gil (2003) and then Javy Lopez (2004).
Machado made the second-most appearances at catcher in '04 among the five Orioles to play behind the dish that season. (Anyone remember Ken Huckaby? Huckaby played in eight games for the Orioles. He is perhaps most famous for injuring Derek Jeter in 2003 when he played for Toronto; Jeter was kind of a jerk about it.)
Here are three facts about the lesser-known Machado that tie him to people and things that Orioles fans love: Manny Machado, Buck Showalter, and beating the Yankees.
-Like Manny Machado, Robert Machado homered in his second game with the Orioles. It was a leadoff homer in the eighth inning of a July 22, 2003 victory against the Texas Rangers. (His other O's home run was off a rookie Zack Greinke.)
-That July 22, 2003 victory came against a Buck Showlater-led Rangers team. Okay, so that's not a positive connection to Showalter, but Machado did help to defeat future Yankees Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira that day.
-And speaking of the Yankees, Machado helped delay the 2003 team from winning its 100th game, if only by a day, with his run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning at Yankee Stadium. Final score: Orioles 3 - Yankees 2.
A decade later, Roar from 34 celebrates the second coming of Robert Alexis Machado on this Flashback Friday.
(Image source: Legendary Auctions.)