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WATCH: Padres Manny Machado crushes 99 MPH pitch 425-feet

Jason Burgos
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May 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (13) hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, Manny Machado not only showed off his power but his serious bat speed when he crushed a fastball deep to center field.

While 99 MPH pitches are not uncommon in MLB, they haven’t gotten any easier to hit. It takes a special player to be able to turn on that fast of a pitch and actually get a positive result from it. Many batters are just looking to get the wood on the ball, foul the pitch off, and extend the at-bat. Today, San Diego Padres star Manny Machado did more than just survive.

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In the third inning of the Padres’ Saturday afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants, flamethrower Carlos Rondon unleashed some serious heat at Machado, as the pitch ended up just missing the three-digit mark. However, the third baseman who is off to a hot start in 2022 was more than ready.

San Diego Padres star Manny Machado destroys Carlos Rondon pitch

  • Manny Machado stats (2022): .363 AVG, 7 HR, 24 RBIs, 29 Rs

Machado was able to turn on the toss and absolutely crush it to the left-center section of Oracle Park. Many times, when a pitch is hit to the 399 part of the field the outfielders still give chase because it can be a spot where long balls go to die. However, that wasn’t the case on this one as it wasn’t long before Joc Pederson and Mike Yastrzemski realized it was a no-doubter and switched from a sprint to a jog.

The home run was Manny Machado’s eighth of the season. He currently leads the team in at-bats, average, home runs, runs scored, and is tied with Eric Hosmer for the team lead in runs-batted-in at 24.