Markakis announced his retirement from baseball Friday, Dan Connolly and David O'Brien of The Athletic report.
Markakis apparently decided to retire shortly after Atlanta was eliminated from the 2020 postseason, but he did not reveal his intentions until now. "I just think it's my time," Markakis said. "My No. 1 decision and my main focus on this is obviously my kids and my family." The 37-year-old Markakis appeared in 2,154 games over his 15 seasons in the big leagues, and he finishes his career hitting .288 with 2,388 hits, 189 home runs, 1,046 RBI, three Gold Gloves and one All-Star appearance.
Markakis isn't in Thursday's lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers.
Markakis will take a seat for a second consecutive game as the Dodgers start southpaw Clayton Kershaw on Thursday. Austin Riley will take over in left field with Johan Camargo starting at third base.
Markakis is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Braves' NLDS matchup with the Dodgers, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
With a southpaw (Julio Urias) on the bump for Los Angeles, Braves manager Brian Snitker will play matchups and swap out the lefty-hitting Markakis for the switch-hitting Johan Camargo. Markakis started in the first two games of the series, going 2-for-7 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
Markakis isn't starting Saturday against the Red Sox.
Even with right-hander Tanner Houck on the mound for Boston, Markakis will take a seat as Atlanta gears up for the postseason. Ronald Acuna will shift to right field with Ender Inciarte starting in center.
Markakis isn't in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.
Markakis will retreat to the bench one again with southpaw Trevor Rogers starting for the Marlins. Adam Duvall will shift to right field with Marcell Ozuna starting in left.
Markakis will be on the bench against lefty David Peterson and the Mets on Saturday.
Markakis has started against a lefty just once all season. Tyler Flowers enters the lineup in his absence and will start at catcher, pushing Travis d'Arnaud to designated hitter, Marcell Ozuna to left field and Adam Duvall to right.
Markakis will not start Wednesday against the Orioles.
Markakis sits as usual with a lefty (Keegan Akin) on the mound for the opposition. Adam Duvall slides over to right field in his absence, with Marcell Ozuna moving out to left and Travis d'Arnaud serving as the designated hitter.
Markakis isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Markakis will take a breather Saturday with left-hander Patrick Corbin starting for the Nationals. Adam Duvall will start in right field with Marcell Ozuna starting in left.
Markakis is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
Out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher (Pablo Lopez) for the second straight day, Markakis looks like he could be stuck in a timeshare with Ender Inciarte for the final everyday job in the Atlanta outfield. While Markakis has been the more productive hitter of the two outfielders this season, he's been in a funk to begin September, going hitless in 24 at-bats over seven games.
Markakis will sit Tuesday against the Marlins.
Markakis had started against each of the last 12 righties the Braves had faced but will sit against righty Sixto Sanchez here. Given that he's gone 0-for-24 over his last six games, it would hardly be a surprise to see him start to lose playing time. Ronald Acuna moves to right field in his absence, with Ender Inciarte starting in center.
Markakis is not in the lineup Sunday against the Nationals.
Markakis has failed to collect a hit in his last 19 at-bats and will be on the bench Sunday. Marcell Ozuna will shift out of the designated hitter role to play in left field and bat fourth in his place.
Markakis went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a walk in Monday's 6-3 win over Boston.
Markakis got the Braves offense started with an RBI double in the first inning. He later tacked on an insurance run with a single in the sixth. The 36-year-old outfielder is slashing .368/.429/.596 with 10 extra-base hits this season.
Markakis went 3-for-5 with a two-RBI double, a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Phillies.
Markakis gave the Braves an 8-0 lead in the second inning with his double, and he came around to score on Austin Riley's homer. Through 17 games this season, Markakis is batting .340 with a homer, nine RBI, seven runs scored and nine doubles.
Markakis (illness) was activated from the injured list and is starting in right field and batting sixth Tuesday against the Yankees.
With Cristian Pache getting sent down in a corresponding move, Markakis should resume a prominent role with a Braves lineup that is now close to full strength. Ronald Acuna returns Tuesday as well, so the team is just without Ozzie Albies (wrist) among its regulars.
The Braves are expected to activate Markakis from the COVID-19 injured list ahead of their two-game set with the Yankees that begins Tuesday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Markakis was placed on the IL last week after informing the team that he may have been in contact with someone who was exposed to the coronavirus, but the veteran is never believed to have tested positive for COVID-19. Assuming he clears all health-related protocols, Markakis should step back into a near-everyday role in the Atlanta outfield. Before being shut down, Markakis was slashing .353/.421/.618 with seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one home run) in 38 plate appearances.
Markakis was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday after being potentially exposed to the virus, though he has tested negative to this point.
The move was made out of an "abundance of caution," and Markakis could rejoin the team relatively quickly if he continues to produce negative test results. Cristian Pache, one of the organization's top prospects, was recalled for outfield depth with Ronald Acuna (wrist) also unavailable.
Markakis went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and one strikeout in Sunday's win against the Marlins.
Despite seeing inconsistent time in the starting lineup in recent games, Markakis has swung a hot bat as he now has four doubles over the past six games. The 36-year-old has been effective since returning to the team, with a .912 OPS, five extra-base hits and five RBI over 11 games.
Markakis isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
Markakis went 3-for-8 with two doubles and two runs over the past two games, but he'll retreat to the bench Saturday with southpaw Daniel Castano on the mound for Miami. Adam Duvall will take over in right field.
Markakis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Markakis started against five straight righties after re-entering the lineup last week, but he'll sit against lefty Jordan Montgomery here. It may take more than just one game to determine whether or not he's truly limited to a platoon role, however. Marcell Ozuna moves to right field for the first time in his absence, with Travis d'Arnaud resting his legs as the designated hitter.
Markakis went 1-for 4 with a walk-off home run against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
With the score tied in the ninth, Markakis took the first pitch he saw from Wilmer Font and launched his second career walk-off home run. The long ball was the first of the year for the 36-year-old, who was making his first start after he had originally decided to opt out of the season. The Braves reinstated Markakis (personal) from the restricted list Wednesday.
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