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Birth Date11-17-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age35 years, 6 months, 6 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.82015
0.82016
0.32017
3.52018
1.22019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 BAL 22 147 542 143 25 2 16 43 72 3 2 0 .291 .351 .448 104 5.2 3.5 7.5 2.6
2007 BAL 23 161 710 191 43 3 23 61 112 5 18 6 .300 .362 .485 115 16.3 2.3 -1.7 3.0
2008 BAL 24 157 697 182 48 1 20 99 113 2 10 7 .306 .406 .491 132 28.8 4.3 7.2 5.3
2009 BAL 25 161 711 188 45 2 18 56 98 3 6 2 .293 .347 .453 109 10.0 4.3 -17.2 1.0
2010 BAL 26 160 709 187 45 3 12 73 93 2 7 2 .297 .370 .436 114 12.6 -0.8 -1.8 2.3
2011 BAL 27 160 716 182 31 1 15 62 75 7 12 3 .284 .351 .406 110 9.1 0.3 1.2 2.4
2012 BAL 28 104 471 125 28 3 13 42 51 4 1 1 .298 .363 .471 121 11.5 0.4 -4.1 1.7
2013 BAL 29 160 700 172 24 0 10 55 76 3 1 2 .271 .329 .356 95 -3.2 1.9 0.7 1.2
2014 BAL 30 155 710 177 27 1 14 62 84 4 4 2 .276 .342 .386 113 10.0 -1.8 6.8 2.9
2015 ATL 31 156 686 181 38 1 3 70 83 3 2 1 .296 .370 .376 103 5.2 -1.8 -7.7 0.8
2016 ATL 32 158 684 161 38 0 13 71 101 5 0 2 .269 .346 .397 101 2.3 -3.1 -3.0 0.8
2017 ATL 33 160 670 163 39 1 8 68 110 6 0 2 .275 .354 .384 95 -2.3 2.1 -9.0 0.3
2018 ATL 34 162 705 185 43 2 14 72 80 1 1 1 .297 .366 .440 116 16.1 -1.6 6.5 3.5
2019 ATL 35 49 204 50 12 1 4 29 22 0 0 0 .292 .387 .444 122 6.2 -2.3 -4.8 0.3
Career205089152287486211838631170486431.288.359.424110127.87.8-19.428.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 ABE A- NYP 59 240 .000 .000 .000 .331 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DEL A SAL 96 406 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FRD A+ CRL 91 401 .272 .322 .382 .341 104 -1 0.5 -0.2 -131 0 0.0 0.0 -3.7 -0.4
2005 BOW AA EAS 33 143 .266 .331 .416 .429 89 12.5 3.8 -0.5 141 0 -1.6 -0.5 6.7 0.8
2006 BAL MLB AL 147 542 .275 .337 .435 .314 108 -1.6 16.3 -5.3 104 9 7.5 3.5 5.2 2.6
2007 BAL MLB AL 161 710 .266 .328 .416 .331 101 20.5 21.1 -7.8 115 9 -1.7 2.3 16.3 3.0
2008 BAL MLB AL 157 697 .261 .325 .409 .350 106 33.7 20.1 -7.4 132 8 7.2 4.3 28.8 5.3
2009 BAL MLB AL 161 711 .265 .332 .422 .317 108 9.4 20.5 -7.6 109 8 -17.2 4.3 10.0 1.0
2010 BAL MLB AL 160 709 .256 .320 .399 .331 112 6.4 19.5 -7.3 114 8 -1.8 -0.8 12.6 2.3
2011 BAL MLB AL 160 716 .254 .317 .401 .300 105 4.6 19.3 -7.3 110 8 1.2 0.3 9.1 2.4
2012 BAL MLB AL 104 471 .252 .316 .407 .310 106 11.9 12.9 -4.8 121 8 -4.1 0.4 11.5 1.7
2012 BOW AA EAS 3 12 .250 .319 .365 .167 98 2.1 0.3 -0.2 176 0 1.4 0.0 0.8 0.2
2013 BAL MLB AL 160 700 .258 .319 .408 .291 99 -2.5 18.4 -7 95 7 0.7 1.9 -3.2 1.2
2014 BAL MLB AL 155 710 .249 .308 .387 .299 99 9 18.3 -7 113 6 6.8 -1.8 10.0 2.9
2015 ATL MLB NL 156 686 .256 .314 .402 .338 91 16.4 18.5 -7 103 7 -7.7 -1.8 5.2 0.8
2016 ATL MLB NL 158 684 .251 .316 .407 .300 89 11.9 19.3 -7.4 101 7 -3.0 -3.1 2.3 0.8
2017 ATL MLB NL 160 670 .256 .324 .424 .324 94 5.7 19.6 -7.3 95 7 -9.0 2.1 -2.3 0.3
2018 ATL MLB NL 162 705 .247 .317 .406 .318 94 23.6 19.8 -7.3 116 8 6.5 -1.6 16.1 3.5
2019 ATL MLB NL 49 204 .244 .318 .415 .309 94 12.4 5.9 -2.2 122 12 -4.8 -2.3 6.2 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 ABE A- NYP 240 205 22 58 14 3 1 81 28 30 33 13 5 .283 .376 .395 .112 1 1
2004 DEL A SAL 406 355 57 106 22 3 11 167 64 42 66 12 3 .299 .374 .470 .172 2 2
2005 BOW AA EAS 143 124 19 42 16 2 3 71 30 18 30 0 1 .339 .423 .573 .234 0 0
2005 FRD A+ CRL 401 350 59 105 25 1 12 168 62 43 65 2 1 .300 .383 .480 .180 0 0
2006 BAL MLB AL 542 491 72 143 25 2 16 220 62 43 72 2 0 .291 .351 .448 .157 2 3
2007 BAL MLB AL 710 637 97 191 43 3 23 309 112 61 112 18 6 .300 .362 .485 .185 6 1
2008 BAL MLB AL 697 595 106 182 48 1 20 292 87 99 113 10 7 .306 .406 .491 .185 1 0
2009 BAL MLB AL 711 642 94 188 45 2 18 291 101 56 98 6 2 .293 .347 .453 .160 10 0
2010 BAL MLB AL 709 629 79 187 45 3 12 274 60 73 93 7 2 .297 .370 .436 .138 5 0
2011 BAL MLB AL 716 641 72 182 31 1 15 260 73 62 75 12 3 .284 .351 .406 .122 6 0
2012 BOW AA EAS 12 10 4 3 1 0 2 10 4 2 2 0 0 .300 .417 1.000 .700 0 0
2012 BAL MLB AL 471 420 59 125 28 3 13 198 54 42 51 1 1 .298 .363 .471 .174 5 0
2013 BAL MLB AL 700 634 89 172 24 0 10 226 59 55 76 1 2 .271 .329 .356 .085 8 0
2014 BAL MLB AL 710 642 81 177 27 1 14 248 50 62 84 4 2 .276 .342 .386 .111 2
2015 ATL MLB NL 686 612 73 181 38 1 3 230 53 70 83 2 1 .296 .370 .376 .080 1 0
2016 ATL MLB NL 684 599 67 161 38 0 13 238 89 71 101 0 2 .269 .346 .397 .129 9 0
2017 ATL MLB NL 670 593 76 163 39 1 8 228 76 68 110 0 2 .275 .354 .384 .110 3 0
2018 ATL MLB NL 705 623 78 185 43 2 14 274 93 72 80 1 1 .297 .366 .440 .143 9 0
2019 ATL MLB NL 204 171 31 50 12 1 4 76 27 29 22 0 0 .292 .387 .444 .152 4 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2543 0.4872 0.4094 0.8348 0.5892 0.2385 0.8658 0.7621 0.1652 -0.0080
2009 2754 0.5214 0.4143 0.8519 0.5418 0.2754 0.8907 0.7686 0.1481 -0.0026
2010 2782 0.5252 0.4065 0.8868 0.5503 0.2475 0.9142 0.8196 0.1132 -0.0008
2011 2757 0.5002 0.4171 0.8670 0.5772 0.2569 0.8945 0.8051 0.1330 0.0074
2012 1801 0.4942 0.4103 0.9012 0.5629 0.2613 0.9222 0.8571 0.0988 0.0068
2013 2647 0.5009 0.4292 0.8794 0.5822 0.2755 0.9106 0.8132 0.1206 0.0037
2014 2789 0.4855 0.4066 0.8907 0.5458 0.2753 0.9188 0.8380 0.1093 0.0113
2015 2662 0.5011 0.4207 0.8839 0.5735 0.2673 0.9098 0.8282 0.1161 -0.0001
2016 2583 0.5060 0.4092 0.8732 0.5715 0.2429 0.9143 0.7742 0.1268 0.0000
2017 2690 0.4825 0.4082 0.8461 0.5686 0.2586 0.8821 0.7722 0.1539 0.0000
2018 2796 0.4971 0.4041 0.8858 0.5604 0.2496 0.9307 0.7863 0.1142 0.0000
2019 855 0.4702 0.4035 0.8754 0.5572 0.2671 0.8929 0.8430 0.1246 0.0000
Career296590.49950.41210.87230.56530.25930.90430.80210.12770.0015

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-17 - DTD - - - Shoulder Soreness -
2014-05-31 2014-06-01 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-03-29 2014-03-31 Camp 2 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2014-03-13 2014-03-15 Camp 2 0 - Shoulder Tendonitis - -
2013-03-02 2013-03-26 Camp 24 0 - Neck Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc - -
2012-09-09 2012-10-13 DTD 34 23 Left Thumb Surgery Fracture 2012-09-09 -
2012-05-30 2012-07-09 15-DL 40 35 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2012-06-01 -
2012-02-28 2012-03-14 Camp 15 0 Right Recovery From Surgery Sports Hernia 2012-01-05 -
2012-01-05 2012-01-05 Off 0 0 Right Surgery Sports Hernia 2012-01-05 -
2011-09-28 2011-09-28 DTD 0 0 - Abdomen Strain Lower Abdominal - -
2011-08-08 2011-08-08 DTD 0 0 Right Abdomen Strain Sliding - -
2011-05-20 2011-05-20 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2011-05-11 2011-05-12 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2011-05-02 2011-05-02 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2011-05-02 2011-05-02 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion -
2008-04-12 2008-04-12 DTD 0 0 Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2006-07-05 2006-07-08 DTD 3 3 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 ATL $2,000,000
2019 ATL $4,000,000
2018 ATL $11,000,000
2017 ATL $11,000,000
2016 ATL $11,000,000
2015 ATL $11,000,000
2014 BAL $15,350,000
2013 BAL $15,350,000
2012 BAL $12,350,000
2011 BAL $10,600,000
2010 BAL $7,100,000
2009 BAL $3,350,000
2008 BAL $455,000
2007 BAL $400,000
2006 BAL $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$109,282,000
2019Current$4,000,000
14 yrPvs + Cur$113,282,000
1 yrFuture$2,000,000
15 yrTotal$115,282,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 0 dJamie Murphy1 year/$6M (2019), 2020 option

Details
  • 1 year/$6M (2019), plus 2020 club option. Re-signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/22/19. 19:$4M, 20:$6M club option ($2M buyout).
  • 4 years/$44M (2015-18). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/3/14. $2M signing bonus (paid by 1/1/15). 15-18:$10.5M annually. Award bonuses: $25,000 each for Gold Glove, LCS MVP. $50,000 each for All Star, MVP, WS MVP, Comeback Player of Year.
  • 6 years/$66.1M (2009-14), plus 2015 option. Signed extension with Baltimore 1/20/09. $2.1M signing bonus ($1M on approval, $1.1M 4/10). 09:$3M, 10:$6.75M, 11:$10.25M, 12:$12M, 13:$15M, 14:$15M, 15:$17.5M mutual option ($2M buyout if club declines, no buyout if player declines). 2010-14 salaries may increase by $0.5M with 1) All Star or 2) 1st-10th finish in MVP vote in each previous season. Limited no-trade clause (may block deals to 8 clubs). Award bonuses: $0.2M each for MVP, WS MVP. $0.1M for LCS MVP. $75,000 each for Silver Slugger, Gold Glove. Baltimore declined 2015 option 10/30/14.
  • 1 year/$0.455M (2008). Renewed by Baltimore 3/4/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2007). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Contract purchased 11/05. Re-signed 2/06.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2003 (1-7) (Young Harris HS, Ga.). $1.85M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 458 50 123 28 2 9 51 47 68 1 1 .304 .380 .450 121 24.0 RF -1 2.3
80o 443 47 115 26 2 8 48 44 67 1 1 .293 .368 .430 115 19.8 RF -1 1.9
70o 433 45 110 25 2 8 46 42 66 1 1 .286 .360 .423 111 17.0 RF -1 1.6
60o 424 43 104 24 1 7 44 41 66 1 1 .275 .349 .399 108 14.5 RF -1 1.4
50o 416 41 100 23 1 7 43 39 65 1 1 .270 .342 .394 105 12.4 RF -1 1.2
40o 408 40 97 22 1 7 41 38 65 1 1 .266 .338 .389 102 10.4 RF -1 1.0
30o 399 38 93 21 1 7 39 36 64 1 1 .260 .331 .383 98 8.2 RF -1 0.7
20o 389 36 87 20 1 6 37 34 63 1 1 .249 .320 .364 94 5.8 RF -1 0.5
10o 374 34 82 19 1 6 35 32 62 0 1 .243 .312 .358 89 2.7 RF -1 0.2
Weighted Mean41742101231743396511.272.344.39510512.7RF -11.2

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-06-20 19:00:00 (link to chat)If you were to put Nick Markakis in a hot dog bun, would he then be a sandwich?
(Foodie Man from Thinking of food)
a gyro sandwich. (Mike Gianella)
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Nick Markakis have a shot at 3000 hits
(Abaseballnut from Illinois )
Huh! He's almost to 2,000 at age 33 and has been robotically repeating his contact-heavy production for years and years now. I'd still only put a 5-10% chance on this, as his current level of production is just barely good enough to maintain a full time job so any decline as he ages into his mid-30s should see a huge cut in playing time. (Nick Schaefer)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect has the higher offensive ceiling, Bradley Zimmer or Nick Williams?
(BuckyDent from Trenton)
Williams has a higher ceiling than Zimmer, though both are very good hitters. Very different though. Even with his improved approach, Williams is still an aggressive hitter, and should be. It's part of his DNA. He's just learned how to control it. Zimmer, on the other hand, falls into the same profile as big leaguers like Christian Yelich and Nick Markakis and fellow prospects like Austin Meadows and Brandon Nimmo as big guys who don't hit for the big time power you'd expect from them but instead use a patient, balanced approach to be more well-rounded hitters. There's a lot to like with Zimmer. (Jeff Moore)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)The Braves had the worst winter right?
(Mountain Man from Louisiana)
I don't think they had the worst offseason in the NL.

I would listen to an argument that states the Braves should have kept Upton and Heyward and made one more run before rebuilding. But it's not like they stood in place, either. They turned a bad farm system into at least a middle-of-the-pack bunch with some legit upside. They also overhauled their scouting department with old faces, which was inevitable given how poorly they've drafted lately.

Granted the Nick Markakis signing feels weird, given his age and the team's forward-looking focus. But I think you can explain that as a move designed to help in the clubhouse (and in the press) without hurting them long term. Maybe he stinks for the next few years and it looks like a mistake, but my guess is it won't matter much one way or the other.

Again, you can disagree with the direction, but I think they at least made some progress toward getting better in the future-even if it costs them in 2015. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)How do you judge a quiet off-season like the the one the Orioles have had? Clearly, making moves and spending money can go very wrong when team get's saddled with huge contracts for years down the road, a la A-Rod and Barry Zito. But fans like to see action and big name signings to feel their team is improving. Watching fan favorite Nick Markakis leave town stung. Do you believe the Orioles have been wise in their restraint? Is the philosophy of Baltimore's management sound?
(rrydelek from Maryland)
Baltimore is tough to judge because we don't know why they were quiet. Did the Duquette-to-Toronto stuff hamper their activity? Was it just business as usual, except they didn't find a fit until late? Were they held to a tighter budget? Some combination thereof? Without knowing the why, it's hard to say whether it's a good or bad thing.

I do expect that team to slip in the division, but I always seem low on them, so who knows. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Brandon Nimmo showing more power this year, or does he level off around 15 hr per year. Nick Markakis comp, or is there a possibility for more?
(Isaac from Akron)
I wouldn't expect a ton more, mainly because he doesn't look to drive the ball like that. He's going to run into his share because he's a big, strong kid and he's leaving the FSL behind (which just kills home runs), but I'd say he levels out around 15 home runs in the bigs. Markakis is actually a good comp, and I think I've used that one before. Markakis has consistently been looked at as a disappointment because he didn't develop the power everyone expected from a guy his size, and the same goes for Nimmo. Once the Orioles gave in and just started batting him leadoff, everyone realized what kind of hitter he was. The same will go for Nimmo. He's a leadoff hitter in a power hitter's body, but that's ok because I think he'll be a very good one. (Jeff Moore)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Winker sounds an awful lot like another guy Reds fans have had their eye on for quite some time: Nick Markakis.
(RMR from Guelph, ON)
Markakis was a better runner early in his career than I expect Winker to be, but from a pure offensive production standpoint it's not a completely off-base comp. I don't think Winker's doubles totals match what Markakis put up in his early years, so the overall power would be shy of what Niko produced. They are different enough I wouldn't tie the two profiles, but maybe the career slash lines end up in the same territory. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Prior to the 2014 season I thought of Nick Markakis as a reasonable comp for Christian Yelich's career path. With a first full season now under Mr. Yelich's belt, is that still a reasonable comparison? Or is there another player whom Yelich reminds you of?
(Paul from DC)
I think the early portions of Markakis' career are a reasonable expectation in terms of performance, but I'm a Yelich honk and I wouldn't be surprised if he surpassed that type of production. Yelich has a chance to be a star in this game...as early as this year. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, The basics: keeper league, keep 8 players forever. I tanked last year for picks and now have a great team. Got a trade offer: my Prince Fielder for his Adrian Gonzalez and David Wright. I would be replacing Nick Markakis in my utility slot. Additionally, I could ship off David Wright because I have Adrian Beltre currently at 3rd to get another player. Should I take the deal or keep Prince knowing that I have the best keeper there and will probably be fine without the other two? Thanks!
(Joe from Seattle)
Hey Joe.

I like Prince a lot but think that this is a terrific trade for you. You didn't mention what format you play, but Wright isn't that much worse than Fielder and you're getting Gonzalez instead of Markakis which I view as an upgrade. Make the deal. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I have Carlos Quentin, Nick Markakis, Carlos Gomez, and Brandon Moss for 5 dollars each in a deep $325 32 roster spots league. Given several ?s such as health and building off breakout seasons, do you have any particular feelings on any of these players to produce to the level they have once or recently shown?
(Sal from Staten island)
Either way, those are great bargains in a deep league. Quentin is in the "best shape of his life" if you're a believer in that...I'd gladly take all 4 of those guys in a deep league like that. (Jason Collette)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you set us straight, please, about some slow right-handed sluggers: 1) Why are the Orioles pursuing Jonny Gomes, unless Nolan Reimold is not expected to fully recover? 2) Why would anyone want a 27 year old .700 OPS (last two seasons) player known for his miscues - Delmon Young, unless they are duped into thinking he's still going to be good based on a good week in the ALCS?
(John Carter from Toronto)
Good afternoon, John Carter. The Orioles-Gomes connection surfaced yesterday, and I touched on it in today's Rumor Roundup. A designated hitter platoon certainly isn't ideal, but Gomes has a track record of mashing left-handed pitching, so there's room for him to share that job with, say, Chris Davis, even if Reimold and Nick Markakis are healthy and playing full-time in the outfield corners.

As for Delmon, I think most teams will be smart enough to seek other options, so a rough landing might be in store. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is an upside projection/comparison of the Marlin's Christian Yelich someone like Nick Markakis?
(Paul from DC)
Yeah, I think Yelich profiles as a .285+ hitter with 10-15 HR and a ton of doubles. It's also not out of the question that he develops into a .300 hitter. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've wanted the following PFM enhancement for years: A way to compare players per game. In other words, players are ranked by including predicted playing time, which puts part time players much lower in rankings. But on a day-by-day basis, you may know that the part timer is going to be in the major league lineup and on a game-by-game basis, he may actually be better than the guy you normally start. In other words, if the PFM generated a daily value, based on the idea that every player listed would be in the lineup, then you can better compare part-time players vs. everyday players when filling out a daily fantasy lineup. For example, perhaps John Mayberry is a better fantasy player when in the lineup than Nick Markakis, even though the PFM ranks Markakis much higher overall. I hope I made this clear.
(tommybones from brooklyn)
I think I follow, yes. I think this can be accomplished with the current PFM setup if you only use rate stats. If we added more rate stats to the PFM (like RBI/PA, for instance) would that satisfy what you're looking for here? (Colin Wyers)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank em please: Brantly, Markakis, Pagan, Torres
(Ralph from Arlington)
I think you've got the order right there. Michael Brantley, Nick Markakis, Angel Pagan, Andres Torres. Brantley and Markakis are close, but I'd probably go Brantley first. (Derek Carty)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is better for this year and for the future, Adam Jones or Nick Markakis?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Nick Markakis now, potentially Adam Jones down the line. I'll have a better answer for you before 2011.

Sorry about the delay everyone, I'm having some issues with my computer. (Marc Normandin)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I crazy to say that Nick Markakis could be the next Al Kaline.
(Mike from Utica,NY)
It's an interesting comparison, but here's hoping Markakis does better as an outfield coach when he's charged with teaching Kirk Gibson III how to play the field in... what, 2038? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I seem to remember a spirited debate taking place a few years ago over whether Melky Cabrera was a better prospect than Nick Markakis, with more than a few people taking up Melky's case. Was there ever a legitimate reason for differing opinions? Yankees fans have been known to overvalue their players from time to time...
(tim from jersey city, nj)
No, it was never legitimate. That was me looking at some early statistical similarities when they first came up, but their paths quickly diverged. It was my way of rooting for Melky to be more than what he was in a kind of tongue in cheek way. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have the various games this year between the Yankees and the Orioles given you any impression of the Orioles this year?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
They're a bit more entertaining than they have been for the last few years, because they now have like four-fifths of an interesting batting order. The pitching staff remains a concept. Things are coming together so slowly, that I feel like Nick Markakis and Adam Jones will be free agent eligible before the O's manage to put a team around them... That's the one great thing about free agency - no player is condemned to be Wally Berger now, or Ralph Kiner, or Bob Johnson. If your team is unserious or incompetent, you can bail. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. What do you think of Aubrey Huff going forward? And is Nick Markakis already the best RF in the American League?
(Brendan from Bainbridge)
I wouldn't want to make a long-term commitment to Huff, and while he has had a great season, the Orioles really should look to leverage that in the trade market. He'll never have more value than this, and he's not a part of their future.

Markakis is a total stud, the best RF in the league. He's underappreciated, kind of the AL East version of Grady Sizemore. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles are hitting .311/.372/.511 in the 30 games since the All-Star break and are now 3rd in the AL in runs behind Texas and Boston. Should they sign a few big pitchers next season and make a push, or is this season's offense just a collection of career years?
(Steve from Baltimore)
The latter. There's some good players here--Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts, Adam Jones (now hurt)--but the recent push is about guys like Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora, who have no future here. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John- Thanks for answering my question. Since O's fans don't have a lot to look forward to, what do you believe can be the peak for Nick Markakis?
(ripfan008 from Baltimore)
I really like Markakis. I think he's a solid bet to have a lot of 30-homer, 100-RBI years with a decent batting average. (John Perrotto)


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