ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves congratulate OF Nick Markakis on winning a 2018 National League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award, the first such honor of his career. Presented every year since 1980, the Silver Slugger award is issued to the top
offensive producers at each position in the field as voted by Major League managers and coaches.
Markakis, 34, was named to his first All-Star game this season and batted .297 (185-for-623) with 43 doubles, 78 runs and 93 RBI. He was one of two players in the majors to start all 162 games this season, and just the fifth Braves player since the National League went to a 162-game schedule in 1962 to accomplish the feat. Markakis’ 43 doubles ranked as third most in the National League, and he became the first Braves player in franchise history (since 1876) to collect at least 35 doubles in four straight seasons.
“I’m very honored to be named a Silver Slugger award winner,” Markakis said. “It means a lot to be recognized by managers and coaches across the league, but I am particularly proud that I was able to contribute to the overall success of our team.”
Markakis ranked among National League outfielders in games (1st, 162), doubles (1st, 43), hits (2nd, 185), RBI (4th, 93) and batting average (4th, .297). He became the seventh Braves outfielder to win the Silver Slugger award, and the first since Justin Upton in 2014. Andruw Jones (2005), Gary Sheffield (2003), David Justice (1993), Ron Gant (1991) and Dale Murphy (1982-85) were also winners. Upton was also the last Braves player at any position to win the award.