Orioles' Manny Machado Quietly Enters Debate over MLB's Best Young Player

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Orioles' Manny Machado Quietly Enters Debate over MLB's Best Young Player
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Because he is from Miami and has a large frame for a natural shortstop, Machado is frequently compared by talent evaluators to Alex Rodriguez — who happens to be a mentor to him, having worked with Machado in Miami in past offseasons. But in Baltimore, the comparisons, with growing frequency, are to another big-framed shortstop who broke into the majors as the Orioles' third baseman before being moved back to shortstop midway through his rookie year: Cal Ripken Jr.

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