Outfielder Nick Markakis announced his retirement Friday after 15 seasons and nearly 2,400 hits.
Markakis is a Woodstock native and a 2001 graduate of Woodstock High School.
The three-time Gold Glove winner batted .288 with 189 homers, 514 doubles, 1,046 RBIs, 1,119 runs and 2,388 hits in 2,154 games with the Baltimore Orioles (2006-14) and Atlanta Braves (2015-20).
Markakis, 37, holds the Major League Baseball record for consecutive errorless games by an outfielder at 398 (2012-15).
“I tell myself all the time, whether it is now or if I was fortunate enough to get that opportunity to be a Hall of Famer — to get that many hits — that 3,000 hits or 2,400 hits, it’s not going to define the player that I was,” Markakis told The Athletic. “I think I played the right way and that’s all that really matters to me.”
A first-round draft pick (seventh overall) out of Young Harris College by Baltimore in 2003, Markakis became a first-time All-Star with Atlanta in 2018 at age 34.
Markakis batted .254 with 15 doubles, a homer and 15 RBIs in 37 games over the truncated 2020 season. He initially opted out of playing due to COVID-19 concerns before reconsidering.