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Watch Nick Markakis rob Conor Gillaspie with leaping catch

Aug 18, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

Watch as Orioles right-hander Nick Markakis leaps to rob White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie of a potential go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning tonight:

Markakis went on to hit a two-run homer in his next at-bat and finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored, so he had himself a mighty fine evening. The Orioles won the game 8-2 and now have a 71-52 record on the year, putting them seven games up on the Yankees and 7 1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East.

  1. rayricespimphand - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Big catch late in the game, somewhat masked by the lopsided final score. It was a big momentum changer after pitching a great game, Norris nearly gave the lead back in the seventh.

  2. pipkin42 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Nick is a lefty

  3. DJ MC - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    I saw it live, and watched the replay several times, and I don’t think it’s quite going out. However, that doesn’t take away from it being a fantastic catch, and a critical one as even if it goes off the wall it’s probably at least tying the game.

    I really hope the O’s can work out something with him this off-season, because while he won’t be worth his $17 million option for next year, he’s still a really good player and should be for a few years yet. And he still has an outside shot at 3,000 hits.

  4. 606rooster - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    3,000 hits? What are you smoking. He currently has about 1,500. He would need to play until he is 40 with no decline in performance. Not happening. Though I do like him as a player and definitely hope he returns next year.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Not to compare him to Jeter- at all.

      BUT.

      After 9 full years, Jeter was at 1,722 hits in 1,351 games while Nick, before the end of his 9th season (1,333 games), is currently at 1,522 hits- exactly 200 less. Yes, I am aware that Jeter has surpassed 3,400 hits. That’s not what I am comparing. I’m comparing 2 guys with similar numbers (22 hits/yr on average more in the 1st 9 years by Jeter) through their first 9 years and saying it’s not completely insurmountable that Markakis reach 3,000 hits if Jeter, with similar number through the 1st 9 years of his career, was able to reach 3,400+ in his career.

      Now does Nicky carry the stigma that “JETER” carries? No. He wasn’t a Yankee. He doesn’t have any WS rings to his name. But you can’t ignore numbers. Unless you assume Jeter is an anomaly and nobody else can sustain like he did throughout his career.

    • hgrubsttipkcuf - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Markakis reaching 3,000 hits is not unbelievable AT ALL. If he plays 9 more seasons (until he is 40) and averages 160 hits per season he will reach 3,000 hits. With 600 at bats a season that is a .266 average which is pretty below his standards. Yes of course this is assuming he avoids any injury shortened seasons in which Markakis has been very durable throughout his career so far.

  5. 606rooster - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Very good points. I still don’t think he will do it but perhaps not totally out of the realm of possibility as I initially thought.

  6. hgrubsttipkcuf - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Markakis is a lock for the Gold Glove this year.

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