According to David O’Brien of Sports Illustrated and Dan Connelly of The Athletic, Atlanta Braves’ right fielder Nick Markakis announced his retirement on Friday. For the past fifteen years, outfielder Nick Markakis has competed in the Major League Baseball. He was a member of the Baltimore Orioles from 2006 to 2014 and the Atlanta Braves from 2015 to 2020.
In 2154 games, 9321 plate appearances, and 8302 at-bats, Markakis hit 189 home runs and drove in 1046 runs. With 1119 runs scored, 2388 hits, and 514 doubles, he also had 66 stolen bases, 891 walks, and 3513 total bases, four penalty hits, and 73 fielder’s choices. As a result, Markakis ranked first in fielder’s choice in the American League in 2009.
No one should be surprised by the resignation of Markakis. That’s because he didn’t want to play in the 2020 regular season of Major League Baseball because of the Covid incident. After learning that Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman had tested positive for the virus, he first decided to pull out, but after speaking with Freeman, he changed his mind and returned.
In the year 2021, Markakis made his major league debut.
One home run and 15 RBIs in 254 games isn’t much of a resume builder. On-base percentage: 312; slugging percentage: 392; complete bases: 51; batting average: 130; home runs: 15; runs scored: 15. As part of the Atlanta Braves 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on August 6, Nick Markakis hit a grand slam.
In 2012, he was an All-Star in the National League with the Atlanta Braves. With 14 home runs and an RBI total of 93 in that year’s season, as well as his first-ever gold glove and silver slugger trophies, he had a stellar year. In 2011 and 2014, Markakis was awarded the Gold Glove Award by the Baltimore Orioles.
In 2003, I had the opportunity to observe Markakis in action at the European Baseball Championships in the Netherlands. Markakis had a significant impact on Greece’s silver medal performance.