O's Markakis a doubles machine
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:16 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 12:16 am
If Nick Markakis played for a decent team, he'd probably have been an All-Star by now.
In nearly five seasons, he has a .296 batting average, an .828 OPS and he plays really good defense in right field. But alas, with nothing much surrounding him in Baltimore, Markakis' RBI and runs scored totals suffer.
Now, however, Markakis (in the center of the celebration at left) has a pretty nice historical footnote to his name. He hit his 40th double Tuesday, giving him four consecutive 40-plus double seasons.
According to research by the team, only three other players have ever had a streak of four seasons or more, and the other three are in the Hall of Fame. Ducky Medwick had seven straight seasons (1933-39), Harry Heilmann had five (1923-27) and Tris Speaker four (1920-23). Nobody has been a doubles machine at this level in more than 70 years.
“It's definitely something to be excited about," Markakis told the Baltimore Sun. "You just got to keep plugging away and go about your business. When you go out there and play hard every day ... you're going to have your struggles, but it's always good to get something like that.”
-- David Andriesen
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