28 Facts About Nick Markakis

1. Nick Markakis played in Major League Baseball for 15 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves.

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2. Nick Markakis was the Orioles' first-round draft pick in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his MLB debut in 2006.

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3. Nick Markakis is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he won a Silver Slugger Award and was named an MLB All-Star in 2018.

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4. Nick Markakis holds the MLB record for consecutive games by an outfielder without making an error.

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5. Nick Markakis retired prior to the start of the 2021 season.

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6. Nick Markakis was born in Glen Cove, New York, but moved to Woodstock, Georgia, when his family, which includes his parents, Dennis and Mary Lou, and his brothers Dennis, Greg, and Michael, relocated.

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7. Nick Markakis was originally drafted in the 35th round of the 2001 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds, from Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Georgia, but did not sign.

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8. Nick Markakis was twice named Georgia Junior College Player of the Year, was awarded Baseball America's 2002 National JUCO Player of the Year and was named the American Baseball Coaches Association's 2003 NJCAA Division I Player of the Year.

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9. Nick Markakis spent his first professional season with the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds in 2003, batting.

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10. In 2005, Nick Markakis started the year with the Single-A Frederick Keys and was named the top Orioles prospect by Baseball America.

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11. Nick Markakis began his first spring training with the Orioles in 2006 by reaching base in nine of his first ten plate appearances.

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12. Nick Markakis made his major league debut on April 3, 2006, when he was used as a late-inning defensive replacement against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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13. Nick Markakis was charged with just two errors in 318 total chances.

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14. Nick Markakis became eligible for arbitration after the 2008 season, and in the absence of a contract extension, would have become a free agent in 2011.

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15. Nick Markakis finished the season in the top 10 in the American League in batting average, OBP, OPS, games played, runs, hits, doubles, bases on balls, *OPS+, and RC.

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16. Nick Markakis signed a six-year, $66.1 million extension through 2014 on January 22, 2009.

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17. Nick Markakis got his 1,000th career hit against the Cleveland Indians on July 15, 2011.

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18. On December 3, 2014, Nick Markakis agreed to a four-year $44 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.

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19. On June 18, 2015, Nick Markakis passed Darren Lewis for the record of most errorless games by an outfielder in a game against the Boston Red Sox.

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20. Nick Markakis recorded his 2,000th career hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 3, 2017.

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21. Nick Markakis scored his 1,000th career run on June 1, 2018, against the Washington Nationals.

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22. Nick Markakis set new records for the most career hits and most games played (1,933) by a player making his debut as an All-Star.

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23. Nick Markakis was durable, having appeared in all 162 games for the first time in his career, while leading the league in games played.

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24. On July 26, 2019, Nick Markakis was struck by a pitch from Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Irvin, and left the game.

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25. On March 12, 2021, prior to the start of the 2021 season, Nick Markakis announced his retirement after 15 years in the MLB.

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26. Couple live year-round in Monkton, Maryland, where Nick Markakis purchased a home during the 2008 season.

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27. Nick Markakis was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award on September 2, 2009.

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28. Nick Markakis explained that their love of children, and the birth of their son, Taylor, helped decide that the foundation would be based on helping children because they feel that every child deserves to enjoy promise and innocence.

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