Oh no! The bullies have gotten to Joey Votto!

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Here’s Joey Votto, talking yesterday about how he stacked up against Albert Pujols after beating him out for the MVP award:

“I said, ‘Holy cow. He beat me in a lot of them.’ He beat me in runs, RBIs and home runs and a couple others. I had a better batting average, but we all kind of know that that’s an over-rated statistic. I was a pretty efficient player. I think I had the highest on-base percentage in baseball  and led tine National League in slugging.”

The bullies are at it again.  Or maybe the trendsetters. Could be either, really. That or the communists.

Manny Machado homers in return to Camden Yards

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Padres third baseman made his much anticipated return to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his first appearance there as a visiting player after signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February. The Orioles’ faithful gave Machado a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his first at-bat. He would strike out looking.

In Machado’s next at-bat, he crushed a first-pitch Jimmy Yacabonis fastball out to left-center field for a solo homer, boosting the Padres’ lead to 5-1. It marked Machado’s 100th career homer at Camden Yards.

Machado now has 17 homers on the season along with 48 RBI, 47 runs scored, and a .279/.355/.503 triple-slash line.