Markakis joins Hall of Fame company
We already mentioned that Nick Markakis’ first-inning double was his 40th of the season, which makes him the only Oriole in modern history to have four consecutive seasons of 40 or more doubles.
That in itself is impressive. But the Orioles’ PR staff did some digging. And Markakis’ milestone is even more incredible when compared to overall baseball history.
It is tied for the third longest such streak for an outfielder since 1900.
The other three who have had at least four consecutive seasons of 40 or more doubles are Hall of Famers.
St. Louis’ Joe “Ducky” Medwick had seven straight from 1933-39; Detroit’s Harry Heilmann did it five straight (1923-27) and Tris Speaker also did it four straight (1920-23). So the last time it was done was before the United States entered World War II.
When told what company he was in, Nick the Motormouth said, “That’s pretty good.”
Yeah, pretty good.
Here was his overall quote on the milestone:
“It's definitely something to be excited about. You just got to keep plugging away and go about your business. When you go out there and play hard every day ... you're going to have your struggles, but it's always good to get something like that.”
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