Manny Machado thanks Orioles fans: ‘You are forever in my heart!’

Manny Machado wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to his Baltimore Orioles fans, family and teammates that he posted on Friday, before his introductory press conference with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Orioles-Dodgers trade that sent Machado to LA happened on Wednesday.

The four-time All-Star wrote Orioles fans “are forever in my heart,” and to Buck Showalter and the coaching staff, he wrote, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you.”

Here’s the full message, signed off with “much love always”:

To my Baltimore family,

I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out how I would say goodbye but there wasn’t an easy way to do it. I first joined this organization at the age of 17 and these past eight years have far exceeded anything I ever could’ve imagined. Throughout the ups and downs, you embraced me unconditionally and you took a kid from Miami and brought me up as one of your own. I’ve enjoyed my time here and you all have played a big part in that!! Thank you Birdland! You are forever in my heart!

To the Baltimore Orioles, it has truly been a blessing to put on that uniform every day. To the Angelos Family & Dan Duquette, thank you for making my dreams come true!!! To…

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