Orioles: Crowing about Markakis
Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley (left) has played a big role in the career of Nick Markakis, and he couldn't have been happier to hear the news that the club had locked Markakis into a long-term extension.
"Andy (MacPhail) is a great evaluator of talent,'' Crowley said by telephone last night, "but I've got to say, this one wasn't too hard. Nick is the cornerstone of the progress we're going to make.
"There's nothing he can't do. He can hit for power, hit for average, run, throw and catch the ball. He's absolutely the complete package. We're fortunate to have him for the next six or seven years."
It was Crowley who shepherded Markakis through the tough early months of his major league career. Nick eventually got his feet under him and finished his rookie season with a .291 average. He batted .300 or better in each of his next two seasons. Crow echoed MacPhail's comments during yesterday's news conference that Markakis still has a lot of upside and won't be spoiled by his early success or his big contract.
"I'm sure he'll be the same terrific guy,'' Crowley added. "He's just a great kid. One of the best teammates you could every have."
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