On the back fields… with Manny Machado

Welcome to a new series here on B3, something to break things up and bring a little multimedia to the blog.

When I was in Florida for Spring Training, I was able to spend a good amount of time trolling around Minor League facilities and collecting interviews with Minor Leaguers. The interviews either have or will be used for future stories.

Case in point: The story I did about the 2010 Draft class starting its first full year (read it here). Some of the video was included with the story. But I thought it’d be a nice little feature to roll out the interviews here so people could  see all of them.

I’m going to do two things. I’m going to post the nice, edited version that the fine folks in our multimedia department were kind enough to make look as professional as possible (no small task, given my flipcam amateurishness). Then I’ll also post the longer, raw interview. That way you can choose if you want to watch the shorter version or the “director’s cut.”

So lets start with my visit to the Orioles’ Minor League facility in Sarasota, Fla., where I had the chance to chat with No. 3 overall pick Manny Machado (off to a solid start with Delmarva, by the way).  Here’s the edited version of the interview.

And now, here’s the world premiere of the unedited, raw version of the interview. Hope you enjoy it.

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