Nicholas William Markakis is an American professional baseball right fielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he won a Silver Slugger Award and was named an MLB All-Star in 2018.
About Nick Markakis in brief
Nicholas William Markakis is an American professional baseball right fielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he won a Silver Slugger Award and was named an MLB All-Star in 2018. Markakis holds the MLB record for consecutive games by an outfielder without making an error. 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. He was originally drafted in 2001 by the Cincinnati Reds, from Woodstock High School, but did not sign. The Reds drafted him again in 2002, but he returned to Young Harris College, where he played college baseball for the Young Harris Mountain Lions baseball team. In August 2003, Markakis played for the Greek national baseball team in the European National Championships, winning a silver medal with Team Greece. He also played in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In 2005, he was named the top Orioles prospect by Baseball America. He 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. He finished the season with a. 300 average, 23 home runs, 112 RBIs and 18 stolen bases on the first team. At the end of the season, he could not agree to a contract extension with the Orioles and was automatically renewed for his contract for another year.
In July 2013, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves that will keep him in the Braves organization until 2018. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, and will be able to play in the World Series for the first time since the 2004 World Series. His contract runs out at the start of the 2019 season, which will be his 10th season in the majors. He won the CarolinaCalifornia League All-Stars Game Home Run Derby, and followed that up by being named MVP of the All-star game after hitting two homers. He hit. 299 with 11 homers and led the team with 64 RBIs in 2004, despite missing the last month of the year playing for Greece in the Olympics. His first three-run game, became the 18th Oriole to do so and the first since 1999, earned him a curtain call from the dugout, earning him a feat that The Washington Post called “an ovation that is rarely seen in these parts anymore. Curtain calls are for Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, not Camden Yards.’’ Markakis also won the Brooks Robinson Award as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year. In 2006, he reached base in nine of his first ten plate appearances. He earned an Opening Day roster spot. In 2007, he hit. 291 with 16 homers, 62 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases. In 2008, he finished the league with 13 assists and a 994 fielding percentage.