Manny Machado stepped up to the plate for 131st time on Sunday in Oakland. He not only grounded into a fielder’s choice, but eliminated his eligibility for the 2013 Rookie of the Year award.

“Of course, you’d want to have that, you’d love to get it,” Machado told the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly. “But how I feel is we have a chance to make the playoffs. And to be a rookie in the playoffs, that’s going to be great. To be a part of this organization and be part of this team to get into the playoffs – we haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time – to be a part of that covers up being rookie of the year or any of those honors.”

Sounds like he gets the big picture.

Machado is batting .272/.286/.449 with four homers and 17 RBI in 36 games with the Orioles. He’s the Rookie of the Year in our hearts.