Nick Markakis is popularly known as a talented right fielder of the American Basketball Team. The energetic player played in Major League Baseball for 15 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and a Silver Slugger Award winner. He holds the MLB record for consecutive games by an outfielder without making an error.
Markakis retired prior to the start of the 2021 season. Markakis won a silver medal with Team Greece in the 2003 European National Championships. He also played for the Greek national baseball team in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2001 but did not sign.
Early Life, Family & Education
The famous right fielder Markakis was born on November 7, 1983, in Glen Cove, New York, to parents Dennis and Mary Lou. He grew up in Georgia with his brothers Dennis, Greg, and Michael relocated. He attended high school in Georgia and started playing during his school time.
Nick Markakis Career
Markakis started his career by joining several seasons of the American Basketball Team. He finished the season of 2011 with a 293 average, 18 home runs, 45 doubles, 101 RBI, 94 runs, and 6 stolen bases. He got his 1,000th career hit against the Cleveland Indians on July 15, 2011. In 2012, Markakis had surgery to remove part of the hamate bone in his right wrist. In 2013, he had a career-low in batting average and home runs, along with 59 runs batted in which was also far below his 162-game average of 81.
However, he continued to play stellar defense, committing no errors for a perfect 1,000 fielding percentage. In 2016, he hit 13 home runs and drove in 89 RBI, his most since 2009. In 2017, he recorded his 2,000th career hit against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2018, he was named a starting outfielder for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. He set new records for the most career hits and most games played by a player making his debut as an All-Stars.
In 2008, Markakis married Christina Dutko. When Ryan Flaherty married Christina’s sister Ashley in 2016, he became his brother-in-law. Markakis has three sons with his wife. Markakis bought a home in Monkton, Maryland, during the 2008 season, and the couple now lives there.
Markakis is well known for his gymnastic and masculine body. He always maintains a toned body which helps him to play basketball spontaneously.
Some lesser facts
- He is a member of some charity organizations and helps poor people with his earnings.
- He is known as one of the most gentle and generous players on the American basketball team.