“How old am I?”
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado, who turned 31 on July 6, seems to have forgotten his age.
On the 8th (Korean time), he met with reporters ahead of the home game against the New York Mets at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA. When asked how he felt about turning 31, he said, “Am I that old? I don’t even know how old I am.”
“I still feel like I’m 20,” he said. I have been 20 for 10 years now,” he continued. It seemed like a joke, but his expression was quite serious. “It’s a style where you find a routine and stick with it. I have been repeating the same routine for years,” he said, trying to maintain his youth.
At the age of 31, he still feels like he is in his 20s, and this year marks his 12th major league season. He has a batting average of 0.258, on-base percentage, 0.304스포츠토토 slugging percentage, 0.428, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs in 71 games. It’s not a season he’s happy with either for himself or for the team, which remains at 41-46.
When asked how he could rebound, he said, “It is simple. He needs to play better baseball,” he replied. “If we fight every day and do what we can and play better baseball, good things will happen,” he continued.
He thought for a moment about the question, ‘What do you think was the biggest obstacle to playing good baseball in the first half of the year?’ and then replied, “To be honest, this is baseball.”
“I digest 700 at-bats in one season. Even if you don’t make 500 at bats among them, people say it’s a good season. If you do not succeed in 400 at-bats, it is called Hall of Fame level. this is baseball You experience ups and downs while playing many games. We have to overcome this.”
Composure is important for a long season. Regarding this, he said, “I forgot all the previous series,” and also left a promise not to be carried away by sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in three consecutive matches. “You have to switch the scene. Looking back doesn’t change anything. Right now, we have to think only about the future and go out and fight,” he raised his voice.
Regarding the transfer market, he said that he would not be conscious of it, saying, “I decided to stop looking into the head of the general manager or thinking about what the team needs.” “Right now, we just have to focus on showing better performances. If we play well, we will be in a better situation, and general manager AJ Preller and the staff will do what is needed,” he said, leaving it in the hands of the general manager.