LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. —
Nick Markakis claimed to Braves spring education Tuesday, the closing veteran to file in right before Wednesday’s mandated arrival date.
Markakis, who re-signed with the group last thirty day period, briefly spoke with the media on his arrival. Here’s an overview of the subject areas lined:
How was the offseason?
Swift. The older you get the more rapidly it goes.
On currently being back again with the Braves just after months of uncertainty:
I’m delighted, my loved ones is delighted and that’s all that genuinely matters to me. I’m delighted to be with this group and these fellas, and I’m on the lookout for an thrilling 12 months and operating with these fellas.
Freddie Freeman and other individuals experience this group is far better than last 12 months. Would you agree?
Absolutely. We pretty much have the exact same group with a few other additions. We’re on the lookout to do what we did last 12 months and go even additional.
Do you have a preference for the place to strike in the lineup?
I just occur below, appear at the board and do my work. Where by I am, that’s skip’s (manager Brian Snitker) work, and we all believe in it. We just do what we’re instructed.
On the addition of Josh Donaldson:
When he’s healthy, he’s one particular of the best pure players in the video game. Even when he was in Oakland, I had the opportunity to participate in versus him. Then when he went to Toronto I had alternatives to participate in versus him, also. He’s a hell of a ballplayer. With any luck , he can get earlier individuals injuries he’s had nagging these earlier few years and enable us out immensely. He’s heading to. We’re energized to have him.
On participating in 162 online games last 12 months, but obtaining additional relaxation in 2019:
I’d occur shut to undertaking it right before, but had in no way accomplished it. I had the opportunity to do it. So you can test that off the listing of achievements. I’m up for whatsoever. I know they want to back again off the workload for fellas this 12 months, with any luck , that benefits us and the group. We’ll see the place it goes.
On the grind of a 162-video game season:
When you get midway by way of it is about repetition. It’s tough. We’re the only sport that plays this quite a few online games. But that’s what you put together for in the offseason. That is what you perform all winter season for. I’m up for just about anything.