One year later, assessing Chris Davis' club-record contract with the Orioles

Chipper Jones

Markakis deserved better from Angelos

Let's see, Nick Markakis was a cornerstone player for the Orioles, a classy old school pro and good all-around player who suffered in silence and with dignity with solid, two-way on-the-field production through many of the horrid years and easily one of the 10 or 12 best O's of all-time who sold a lot of jerseys, helped put fans in the seats and sell popcorn to the easily-distracted and fooled masses and who should have started and finished his career in orange and black. He was a key component to the team's most recent and long-awaited success, and at age 31 he is still in his prime years of production and always plays hurt. He was a tough guy and tough out as well as an outstanding Gold...