BALTIMORE -- Third baseman Manny Machado has been named the 2016 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole and he will be honored in a pregame ceremony during Sunday's home regular-season finale.
The award, voted on by members of the local media, comes at the culmination of an impressive 162-game season for Machado, who is batting .299/.350/.544 (182-for-609) with 39 doubles, one triple, a career-high 36 home runs and 93 RBIs along with 103 runs scored.
"I mean, it's always an honor when you get an award. It's something that is humbling, something I see it more as a team thing. The team gave me an opportunity to put up the numbers that I have and have the great season that we've all had," Machado said.
"Knowing that it's got to go to someone, but I think it should go to everyone on this team, ballclub. Because at the end of the day we all battled out there. If it wasn't for each other, none of us would have the opportunity that we have now and the year we've been having so far. At the end of the day, none of this really matters unless we get to where we need to be."
Machado has eight game-winning RBIs and hit five game-winning home runs this season and was named April's American League Player of the Month.
Machado has four games with five or more RBIs, matching the single-season club record held by Miguel Tejada (2004) and Jim Gentle (1960). He became the second player in MLB history to homer in each of the first three innings of a game on Aug. 7 at the White Sox.
"I know Manny's probably very humbled by it and probably doesn't like talking about it because of having to pick somebody," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We have a lot of people we could consider and I'm sure you all did. Manny's very deserving of that consideration and being named. But he'd be the first to tell you there are some other people there, too.
"At the end of the year, if we have to name somebody and separate people, so be it. There were a lot of good people there. He was one of them."