The Braves are making one final marketing push with All-Star voting closing Thursday.
The team always has a booth at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, usually at one of the water stations. But this year had a different twist: The Braves set up at the finish line, and they provided a pair of voting stations.
Much has been made of the fans’ push during this voting season, where three Braves are ticketed to start and others have received support beyond expectations. Fans continued the voting splurge Wednesday, with the booth staying busy in the mid-morning as runners continued in.
First baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies and outfielder Nick Markakis were slated as starters in the latest update. The All-Star game is July 17 in Washington.
Nick Markakis was born Nov. 17, 1983 in Glen Cove, N.Y. Markakis graduated from Woodstock High in metro Atlanta and attended Young Harris College in northeast Georgia. In Markakis' first season at Young Harris, he was Baseball America’s 2002 National Junior College Player of the Year. Markakis was drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Orioles. He was the seventh player drafted. He was drafted three times. The time he was a 6-1, 160-pound high school pitcher in 2001, by the Reds in the 35th