Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Markakis Press Conference: A Good Day For Baltimore Fans

Nick Markakis

This afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles held a press conference to announce the signing of Nick Markakis to a 6 year/$66 million extension at the Warehouse. Obviously, now a Baltimore mainstay and one of the best right fielders in all of baseball, Markakis will now be expected to be one of the faces of the franchise and keep up his progress.

Now, with the huge contract, a marriage, the 25-year old can now only focus on baseball until 2014 and be a cog in the rebuilding of the Baltimore Orioles.

Although there are some fans that have mixed reviews on the Baltimore offseason, it's almost universal that fans are happy anout Markakis finally signing an extension with the organization. Despite needing pitching, a shortstop, and perhaps more power when the 2008 season, Andy MacPhail -- president of baseball operations -- made extending Markakis a priority.

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