If you look at a list of all-time Baltimore Orioles career records or stat categories it wouldn’t be uncommon for the same two or three names to top each one. Some combination of Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray and George Sisler will be the leaders throughout.
Nick Markakis has joined the 1,500 hit club, which places him eighth in hits all-time for the organization and jumping up to seventh place should be accomplished before mid-August. Former Oriole great Boog Powell currently occupies sixth place all-time with 1,574 career hits and Brady Anderson is fifth with 1,614.
In order for Markakis to crack the top five in career hits as an Oriole he would have to be re-signed by the club beyond the 2014 season. Barring an injury that costs him significant time, he could accomplish that with just one more season in an Orioles uniform. To crack the top four, and displace past greats such as Eddie Murray and George Sisler would require him to amass 2,080 and 2,295 career hits as an Oriole.
Markakis has averaged over 180 hits a season throughout his career, with exception to his injury shortened 2012 season. If Markakis and the Orioles agreed to extend his career with this organization for the foreseeable future, he could crack 2,000 career hits by 2018, assuming health and staying on his 180-hit pace of course. He would likely pass Murray in 2018 for fourth all-time and likely pass Sisler by 2020.
If Markakis were to pass Sisler his real work would then begin to take a crack at Robinson and Ripken. Robinson gathered 2,848 career hits and Ripken managed 3,184, and are also one and two in most other offensive and defensive categories for the team. It may seem like a pipedream for any fan to believe Markakis could become the Orioles all-time hit king, but the one thing he’s really good at is amassing hits consistently year-in-year-out. It’s certainly possible, however unlikely.
Other categories that Markakis is top 10 all-time in are as follows:
|Times on Base||2063||9|
|Extra Base Hits||461||10|
While Markakis never developed the power many thought that he had, or would have, he still became a consistent presence in the lineup that could get on base. The perception that Markakis would ever become a perpetual 20 to 25 a year home run hitter is still mind-boggling, especially considering he didn’t hit for power in the minors, but he is anything but a disappointment.
If the 2014 season is to be his last in an Orioles uniform, where does he rank as an Oriole all-time?