He can attribute his time with the Orioles for much of the production en route to the milestone.
Markakis, who still has a house in Maryland, spent nine seasons with the Orioles before signing with the Braves during free agency in December 2014 and had 1,547 hits as a dependable top-of-the-order stalwart.
The Orioles’ first-round pick in 2003, Markakis reached the major leagues in 2006 and had at least 170 hits in seven of the next nine seasons. He had a career-high 191 hits in 2007 and had at least 180 each of the next four years.
After enduring a run when the Orioles never won more than 70 games in his first six seasons, Markakis missed the franchise's postseason return as he nursed a broken thumb in 2012. But he had eight hits and three RBIs in two 2014 playoff series before joining the Braves on a four-year, $44 million contract that offseason.
As Markakis also earned two Gold Glove awards as an Oriole for his prowess in right field, he emerged as a community leader for helping children with his Right Side Foundation and the Baltimore-based Casey Cares Foundation. He won the Tim Wheatley Award, named after a former Baltimore Sun editor that the media group uses to recognize a local sports figure’s service, in 2013.
Since moving to Atlanta, Markakis, who grew up in Georgia, has a .283 batting average with 454 hits. His latest -- a double in the sixth inning Thursday night -- made him the 10th active player to surpass 2,000 hits.