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Links for May 4

Loved this one: Went back 30 years to look at the astonishing 0-21 start of the 1988 Baltimore Orioles.

On, I riff off the recent Sporting News story let’s talk about the very real possibility that Nick Markakis will finish with 3,000 hits.

The Athletic: Our friend Negro Leagues Museum president Bob Kendrick, every now and again, comes across an amazing idea. The Hall of Game is one of those ideas.



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5 Responses to Links for May 4

  1. Markakis has 0% chance of making it to 3000. Only two-thirds there at 34? C’mon.

    • I obviously need to read more first. But I bet he doesn’t make it.

      • Rob Smith says:

        Probably a long shot…. or maybe not….he’s averaging around 180 hits and 156 games per year. 180 per year for five years, and he’s there. The question, of course, is how soon the decline comes and how bad it is. However, I think the reason we don’t believe it will happen is because Markakis is so unspectacular. Then we look at BBR, and hey, the guy gets almost 700 PAs a year and 180 hits. Staying healthy and getting lots of ABs is the biggest reason guys get 3000 (of course, along with talent). And Markakis gets his ABs. He got a four year deal with the Braves to be their rightfielder during a gruesome rebuild. Kind of a FA veteran for a middling price for a bad team. People here didn’t really understand why they signed him, but it worked out. The Braves knew they didn’t have anyone in the pipeline for the corner outfield, and really Acuna is the first, and only corner outfielder (he could play CF) that has come up, and there are no more on the horizon. So, really it’s not out of the question that the Braves may want to sign him again. They don’t have anyone else to take the spot. If not, he’s going to probably have to find a lower end team willing to do the same with him for another 4-5 years. After that, then he’ll be close enough that he won’t need 700 PAs to finish it up. Yeah, it could happen.

  2. Dog says:

    I’m a few days late to this, so no one will probably read this comment, but whatever – I want to write it anyway. Joe’s article on Nick Markakis caused me to look at his BRef page and I noticed that Markakis led the AL in WAR in 2008, yet failed to get a single vote for MVP. That’s got to be the only time that’s ever happened. The WAR leader doesn’t always win MVP (and, in my opinion, shouldn’t necessarily), but for a guy to lead the league and not get a single vote is unreal. It didn’t help that the Orioles were dreadful that year and Markakis’ value isn’t shown in gaudy triple crown stats, but to have a 7.2 WAR season go completely unnoticed by any MVP voters is crazy. Didn’t the Baltimore beat writers think to reward his season with a nod, at least? I mean, Jason Bartlett and his .690 OPS got six votes because of his great defense, but even that only got him to 1.7 WAR on the season. This is one of the craziest quirks I’ve found when browsing through BRef.

    • Rob Smith says:

      After that year, I thought the guy would be a perennial all star. He never again hit 20 HRs or hit .300. After that he was mostly a 12-15 HR and .270-.290 player. Still, when you look at all the bad players in the league, most teams would have a place for a guy who hits .290, has 15 HRs and plays decent defense with a good arm. He just doesn’t jump off the page at you. So people can’t believe he’ll get 3,000 hits. It could really happen.

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