The manager of the Braves, Brian Snitker, recently said that the veteran of 14 Major League Baseball seasons turns down the $ 4 million he was owed for participating in a shortened regular season. Thus, the Braves` outfielder Nick Markakis opts out of the 2020 season.
Why Is He Leaving?
The baseball player told the team about his intention a couple of days after four people from the team had been tested positive for the coronavirus. Markakis explains his decision by several significant factors, including the absence of fans in the stands. Besides, Freddie Freeman, who is the fourth of those who went down with COVID-19 is on the team no more. Nick says the support of fans is important to him. Thus, he does not want to play in such conditions. It seems that the atmosphere of the game is crucial for Markakis.
The 36-year-old Markakis has been playing in Atlanta for the past 5 seasons. All this time, he has been an important part of the club in the process of restructuring, which led to Atlanta receiving the status of the main contender for victory in the NL East division. Markakis, who got to the All-Star Game in 2018, can boast of such a percentage during his appearances for the Braves – .284 / .359 / .403
What Is Next?
For Adam Duvall, this is a great chance to benefit from it. Besides, other players can also move up the ladder. For example, Austin Riley and Johan Camargoto are going to compete for third base duties. In general, the Braves were supposed to strengthen their positions and become contenders for the victory this season. However, it looks like the pandemic has made its adjustments. Let’s look at their results now that Nick Markakis opts out of the 2020 season.
Will the absence of MarKakis affect the results of the season?
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