When you play nine seasons with one club, and you are a career .293 hitter, eventually you are going to start moving up the organization’s all-time lists.
With a single in the first inning and a double in the seventh Thursday, right fielder Nick Markakis tied and then passed former teammate Brian Roberts for seventh on the Orioles’ all-time hits list with 1,453.
Next up for Markakis is sixth place and longtime right fielder Ken Singleton, who leads Markakis by two hits.
The rest of the list is a "who’s who" in Orioles’ lore: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the organization’s all-time leader with 3,184 hits. He’s followed by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson (2,848), Hall of Famer Eddie Murray (2,080), Brady Anderson (1,614) and Boog Powell (1,574).
“You look at all the guys ahead of me, it’s pretty cool to be a part of, definitely. But I don’t look too much into it right now, especially where we are at this point in the season,” Markakis said. “I’m just looking to do my job, and if stuff like that happens, it happens.”
Markakis never has been one to pat his own back, but his manager had no problem doing it when he learned of Markakis’ place on the club's hits list.
“That's pretty cool, huh? I'm not surprised. One, he's stayed in one place for a long time,” Buck Showalter said. “He’s just a dependable, consistent guy in more ways than one. I think the numbers he's accumulated are just a byproduct of how he plays the game and how he lives his life.”
Markakis likely will need a contract extension to move up higher on the list after passing Singleton. The 30-year-old is expected to become a free agent at the end of this season since it is assumed his mutual option of $17.5 million will not be exercised by both the club and the player.
Markakis has been with the organization since being drafted in the first round (seventh overall) in 2003. He has been in the majors since 2006.