Nick Markakis retires after 15 years with Braves, Oriloes

Nick Markakis retires after 15 years with Braves, Oriloes

ATLANTA (AP) — Outfielder Nick Markakis has retired after 15-year career with the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles.

The 37-year-od Markakis, who was a free agent, told

Braves manager Brian Snitker called Markakis “the consummate pro in everything he did.”

Even though he no longer fit into the team’s plans, Snitker said Markakis’ presence was missed in the Braves clubhouse. The manager talked with him on Thursday about his retirement plans before he made them official.

“It’s a big hole in there without him,” Snitker said. “We all miss him. Just his stability and the calming influence he had on everybody. It was just a great career. … I felt honored to manage him for the last few years of his career.”

Both of teams that Markakis played for congratulated him on his career.

“We wish you all the best in your retirement, Nick!” the Braves wrote on their Twitter account.

“Congrats to Nick Markakis on his retirement from baseball after an incredible 15-year…

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