Longtime MLB outfielder and former Oriole and Brave Nick Markakis is the subject of the latest MLB breaking news, as he announced his retirement today after 15 seasons. Markakis finished his career with over 2,300 hits three Gold Gloves and set the record for consecutive games played without committing an error.
MLB Breaking News: Career Highlights
Markakis was drafted 7th overall in the 2003 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his debut in 2006 at the age of 22 and would remain a fixture in the Orioles outfield over the next nine seasons. Markakis hit .290 in his Baltimore career while averaging over 15 home runs and 151 games played.
Unfortunately, despite his stellar play, the Orioles only made the playoffs twice in his tenure. The 2012 Orioles became the first Baltimore club to make the playoffs since 1997 and the 2014 team advanced all the way to the ALCS before being eliminated by the eventual World Series Champions Kansas City Royals.
Despite being a fan favorite in Baltimore, Markakis decided to leave the club following the playoff run in 2014. After interest across the league, Markakis made some MLB breaking news when he signed with the Atlanta Braves.
MLB News: The Move to Atlanta
Despite joining a roster that featured Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton, the Braves struggled in Markakis’ first few seasons. The team averaged only 69 wins in his first three seasons and underwent a partial rebuild. In 2018, the Braves rebounded to win the NL East and went on to win the division in the following two seasons.
Markakis mainly served as the elder statesman and helped to onboard star Ronald Acuña Jr. to the majors. In 2018, Markakis would book his only appearance at the All-Star game and posted an excellent .297 average for the season. In 2019, he started down a similar path, but after being hit by a pitch in July, he was sent on a lengthy trip to the IL.
2020 would bring more bad news for Markakis as he was one of a handful of Major League Baseball players to make MLB breaking news when he was diagnosed with Covid-19 before the season. After initially announcing he would skip the season, he returned on August 25th but hit only .254 with one home run for the season.
As the Braves look to the 2021 season, they will no longer have the reliable number 22 joining them. Meanwhile, he will always remain a fan favorite in both Atlanta and Baltimore.
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