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Early Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis had opted back into the 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Prior to Opening Day, the 14-year veteran of baseball’s highest level opted out of the 2020 season. In the process, Markakis forfeited his paycheck for the year.
Markakis isn’t going to dominate opposing pitchers. He’s not going to lock down right field, but what he will do is reintroduce another veteran presence into a clubhouse that is off to a sputtering start. The 2018 All-Star’s biggest asset to the team is his leadership for the Braves’ exceptionally young core.
Through his 14-year career, he’s averaged: 84 runs, 180 hits, 38 doubles, 14 home runs, and 79 runs batted in. He’s a wildly consistent hitter, averaging 1.11 hits per game over his long career.
When exactly he’ll join the ball club has not been announced. His Atlanta Braves teammates finish their home-and-home series with the Tampa Bay Rays this week, followed by a home game against the New York Mets on Friday.
A .288 lifetime hitter, Markakis hit .285 in 116 games for Atlanta last season. Markakis is in his sixth season with the Braves and has never hit worse than .269 as a member.
The Braves begin a 6-game homestand on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Atlanta is off to a 2-3 start and sits a game behind the New York Mets and Miami Marlins in the National League East. Atlanta is hitting just .216 as a team.