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Nick Markakis makes doubles history with Hall of Famers Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick

Sep 22, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

Last night Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four consecutive seasons, joining a pair of Hall of Famers from the first half of the 20th century in Tris Speaker and Joe Medwick.
Making the cutoff 43 doubles is obviously kind of arbitrary and in doing so the Baltimore Sun meant to frame the feat around Markakis, but the larger point is that he’s hit a whole bunch of doubles.
Markakis’ home run power hasn’t developed as much as hoped, as his long ball total has gone from 23 to 20 to 18 to 10 since 2007, but he has more doubles than anyone in baseball during that four-year span and remains one of the league’s better all-around outfielders thanks to a good glove and strong on-base skills.

  1. Detroit Michael - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Albert Pujols his 189 doubles during 2001-04. Nick Markakis hit 179 doubles (so far) during 2007-10. He’s not even the best doubles hitter of his era.
    As you wrote, the 43 doubles minimum in each season is an arbitrary criteria designed to make Markakis’ accomplishment look more impressive than it is.

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