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The San Diego Padres are within striking distance of the NL West Division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
At 17-9, the Padres are just half a game behind the Dodgers overall, and they did that without their best player, Fernando Tatis Jr.
The team has been surprisingly good but the absolute star of the Padres 2022 so far has been Manny Machado.
The third baseman is hitting a staggering .374/.447/.657 on Friday afternoon, with seven home runs, five stolen bases, 25 runs and 20 RBI.
On Thursday night, Machado hit two things to lead the Padres’ win over the Miami Marlins.
The result was 2-1, so Machado literally won the game on his own.
A crack for multi-homer games
He has a knack for hitting multiple home runs throughout his career.
In fact, he has good pace compared to some of our current era greats.
“Manny Machado’s 31 career multiple-homer games ranks fifth among active players, behind Albert Pujols (61), Miguel Cabrera (43), Nelson Cruz (40) and Giancarlo Stanton (34). Machado said in March he hopes to play as long as Cruz, 41, has played,” The Athletic’s Dennis Lin tweeted.
Manny Machado ranks fifth among active players with 31 career games and multiple home runs, behind Albert Pujols (61), Miguel Cabrera (43), Nelson Cruz (40) and Giancarlo Stanton (34). Machado said in March he hopes to play as long as 41-year-old Cruz.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) May 6, 2022
It sure seems like he’s been around forever, but Machado is only 29 years old.
He’ll be 30 in a few months, but he’s very young for some of the things and numbers he’s accomplished.
He remains one of the few active players with at least one outside shot in 3,000 hits – apart from Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, of course, who have already reached the mark – at some point in the future.
Machado has 1,462 and appears to be a lock eventually hitting 2,000 shots.
3,000 may be heavier, but it’s not entirely out of the question.
He’s still young but is quietly building a résumé in the Hall of Fame as a two-way star.