Why Nick Markakis Opted Out of 2020 Braves Season

Dukes & Bell
July 06, 2020 - 6:11 pm

With four Atlanta Braves players testing positive for Covid-19, including Freddie Freeman, two players have decided to opt out as Felix Hernandez did so on Saturday while Nick Markakis surprisingly opted out earlier today. The guys on Dukes & Bell discussed why Markakis made the decision to sit out the 2020 season.

Mike talked about Markakis being at this point of his career made it an easier decision for him to opt out.

“He said he had a conversation with Freddie that helped to led to his decision, he did in a lesser note, said look you want to be at the ballpark with fans and it’s tough when you’re not going to have fans there.” Bell said “I just think at his age, he’s a family guy, he doesn’t need the money and it’s better for him to just tap out.”