Found June 25, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Some players are evaluated on what they bring to a team. The tangible, the intangible -- the talking point is always the positive influence they have on their club. For other players, the discussion centers around what could be, what hasn't become yet or what some think may never happen. The analysis of what a player isn't often has to do with expectations. For Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, the label of first-round pick has a lot to do with the "what he isn't" analysis, and the six-year, $66 million contract he signed in January 2009 is a factor for heightened expectations. Markakis, 28, is often undervalued on the field. His stats are solid but unspectacular: He's a career .293 hitter with an average of 18 homers and 85 RBI per 162 games. But in many ways, Markakis is the Cal Ripken of his era -- he's a reliable, steady influence that his manager and teammates usually can count on for 160 games a year. This season, howeve...
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