Last spring, I wrote a blog regarding Nick Markakis and his place among Major League outfielders. The topic actually spawned from a caller, “Mark In Parkville”, who described the Orioles star as a TOP TEN OUTFIELDER.
At the time of last season’s blog, I listed 10 outfielders that I considered better than Markakis. By the end of the 2010 season, 7 of 10 players on my list merited arguably better statistics. The remaining 3 dealt with injuries and missed a substantial amount of games.
You can refer to that blog HERE
Today, I’m listing the outfielders from the previous blog, along with additional, worthy players. Have a look at the below roster and feel free to offer your opinion of where Nick Markakis ranks among the game’s best …..
In truth, I really don’t believe half of the above listed players are better than Markakis. While most of them have more impressive offensive numbers, I think a major factor is the protection they have in the lineup. Obviously, Markakis has spent a considerable portion of his career without formidable bats behind him.
Did the Orioles address this in the off-season? Does Nick Markakis finally have a corps of veteran sticks in the same lineup? If so, we might see a career year. If not, he’ll probably lag behind most of the above players, again …..