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Nick & George’s BIG media day

George Kottaras vs. Cuba
George Kottaras vs. Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Olympics

You’ll hear it here first! Leaked out by various members of the Greek media, ERT (Greek Radio and Television) are including George Kottaras and Nick Markakis in their feature on Greek sports/athletes outside of Greece. Both members of the 2004 Athens Olympic Baseball team that went 1-7 in the tournament, will be featured as part of the Baseball segment along with Diamantis “Adam”  Zervos who wrote the famed Baseball’s Golden Greeks, a book featuring The first Greeks to play in the MLB between the 1934-1974. Yours truely will try to get in on some of the action, Mr.Zervos is my uncle, so you can bet that I’ll be over the house, trying to get on the air.

Nick Markakis at the 2003 European Championships (Greece placed 2nd)

And on a side note, here is a clip for Joe Costiglione’s pregame interview with George Kottaras.


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Struggling and Thriving



The young Red Sox catcher has seen his Batting Average fall from a lovely .333 to .143 in the last 4 games he has played in (One of which he served as a defensive replacement and did not record an AB). While I am not ready to quit on him anytime soon, it seems as though George has run into some good pitching and tough luck at the dish. Behind it though,he’s been awesome. With an exception to the last start against Cleveland where he allowed 2 Passed balls, he has showed the critics that he’s capable of playing “Big League” caliber defense. I would still like to see him play more often,about 2-3 times a week in more of a platoon role. The only way to get out of this mini funk is to keep swinging. Για την Ελλάδα ρε Γιώργο!



What can I say, He’s a STUD! Nick Markakis is the epitome of the 5-Tool Player, a soon to be “Perennial All-Star”, and THE Franchise Player in Baltimore. He’s batting .382 with 2HR and 21RBI. You just have to love how he plays the game, almost like a “Dirt Dog”. He has 15 Hits in his last 10 games, has driven in 6 and is hitting .405 during that span (Apr.18-27). If you were fortunate enough to draft him in your Fantasy League, you are a very lucky owner, and if not, then I feel sorry for you. Keep it up Nick!

2009 Projected Seasons Stats

Markakis swinging bat

Let me start out with Nick Markakis. The face of the Orioles franchise
has been a consistent player since his debut in 2006. Nick has improved
his production every year, with an exception to last year where his
Home Runs and RBI’s decreased but his batting average increased. Look
to see Nick to hit close to .315 AVG, 25-30 HR, 110-120 RBI in 155



People are asking around ‘what the heck can we expect from George Kottaras’? Most people are saying that any additional offense that he produces is a bonus, but they seem to forget his capabilities. George reminds me of former Orioles catcher Gus Triandos, a lower than average Batting Average with legit Home Run power. The resemblance is a bit uncanny when you compare George’s numbers to those of Gus. But I ultimately believe that if he is given the chance to play often enough, his rookie year might look very similar to that of “The Golden Greek” Harry Agganis. I see him becoming a good combination of Agganis and Triandos, both defensively and offensively. And with that being said, look for George to hit around .250 AVG, 8-10 HR, 35-40 RBI in around 75 games.

***And on a side note, George changed his number from 68 to 16, so go out and buy the new shirts when you visit Fenway!***

Sneak Peek at George Kottaras


Here’s what the Boston Herald has to say on March 19, 2009.

*A game to keep an eye out for is when the Sox play the O’s and the two former Hellas teammates square off against each other. (Markakis & Kottaras that is)

Spring Training Stats (as of 4/2/09)

PLAYER                   G  AB  R  H  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  SB  CS  AVG ORG
George Kottaras    18  33   6   9    4    0     1      6      1      7     0    0    .273  BOS
Nick Markakis        17  54   7   20  7    1     2      8      2      8     0    1    .370  BAL

PLAYER                     G  W  L  SV  ERA     IP     H   R   ER   HR   BB   SO   ORG
George Kontos*         2   0   0    0   27.00   1.1    6    4     4      0     1      3      NYY

Kottaras swinging bat
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The one, the only Nick Markakis


Nick Markakis, enough said. The O’s Right Fielder has been a consistently hammering the ball (59 HR’s 261 RBI’s) and playing Gold Glove caliber defense (.993 FLD% 7 Errors) in his first 3 years in the Big Leagues. There is no doubt that that Nick, or “Niko” in Greek, is going to be a BIG player for years to come. His .299 career batting average is outstanding for a player who wasn’t even penciled in to make the Big League roster out of Double-A. Keep it up Nick!


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