Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Monday that he’ll probably give right fielder Nick Markakis a day off on Tuesday to rest and think about something other than his slump. Markakis, who singled on Monday, had gone into the game on a 2-for-26 skid.
Baltimore’s cleanup hitter has played in every game this season, and he’s started all but one. Trembley attempted to give Markakis a day off back in June but had to use him as a late replacement. Markakis played in 161 games in 2007 and 157 games last season.
New York’s Andy Pettitte took a perfect game into the seventh inning Monday night and was undone by a two-bounce grounder to third baseman Jerry Hairston. Hairston got down on the ball but couldn’t glove it and was charged with an error. A few moments later, right fielder Nick Markakis singled up the left-field line to break up the no-hit bid.
— Spencer Fordin
Nick Markakis has been named Baltimore’s
nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award in recognition for his
work inside the community. Markakis started the Right Side
Foundation to help disadvantaged children right after signing
a six-year extension with the Orioles. The award is meant to
honor Clemente, a Hall of Famer who lost his life in a plane
crash while attempting to bring aid to Nicaraguan victims of
an earthquake in December of 1972.
Nick Markakis doubled in Monday’s game and
has now reached base in 31 consecutive games, which is the
longest streak in the Majors. Baltimore’s right fielder has
reached base safely in 96 of his 110 starts this
A strange scene played out in Baltimore’s home clubhouse on Thursday, moments after the Orioles had completed a 7-3 win over Kansas City. Several writers began seeking comment from closer George Sherrill, who had reportedly been traded to the Dodgers.
Sherrill was unaware of any development, and he left the clubhouse without resolution. On his way out the door, the veteran southpaw was asked by teammate Nick Markakis if he’d see him tomorrow. “Let’s hope,” said Sherrill, who then continued walking out the door.
One Baltimore official said that the deal isn’t quite done yet, but prospects Josh Bell and Steve Johnson are being named as the principal return. The Orioles are known to covet Bell, and Johnson has a tie to the organization through his father Dave, a Baltimore broadcaster.
Baltimore manager Dave Trembley was asked Sunday if he’d given his players a motivational talk after Saturday night’s loss, a game that featured several misplays by the Orioles and 11 unanswered runs by Los Angeles. Trembley said he didn’t give his team any special message, but he did say that Nick Markakis came in to talk to him about a botched popup.
“To be honest with you, I think last night’s game ought to be something that’s self-explanatory from a player’s standpoint, not from mine,” said Trembley. “I know I talked to Markakis after the game, and Markakis basically apologized to me and said he should’ve got the ball. It’s a real tough lesson to learn. I know this: I’m real big on integrity and respect for the game, and I think that needs to be reciprocated by the guys that are playing the game. As soon as you let that get away from you, things like last night happen, unfortunately.”
Manager Dave Trembley was asked for his opinion Friday of some of the advanced defensive metrics, which have consistently pegged some of his key stalwarts — specifically center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis — as below average defensively.
Trembley, who’s more of a traditionalist, said he wasn’t aware of those numbers.
“I’d have to really take a look at what goes into the formula for determining that,” he said. “I know Markakis leads the American League in assists right now, and Jones can run them down as good as anybody in center field. He possesses as good a throwing arm as anybody. I don’t know what qualifies them to rank where they do, so I couldn’t answer that other than what I see. What I see is two guys that I think are as good as anybody.”