BALTIMORE -- Since Nick Markakis was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, the Orioles organization has undergone changes in nearly every area -- from the front office to the managers in the clubhouse.
But the one thing that has always stayed consistent is Markakis, who rapped out his 1,000th hit in the third inning of Friday night's loss against the Indians.
"One thousand hits is a [heck] of a job," said center fielder Adam Jones, who scored Markakis in the third frame with an RBI double. "I've seen the last four years of it, and I'm just happy I'm able to be on a squad with him."
But Markakis was quick to point out the Orioles' current challenges above his own accomplishments.
"It would have been nice if we would have won when I'd gotten it done," Markakis said. "It is what it is. I don't look too much into it. There's a lot of other things to worry about around here besides 1,000 hits. But it was nice to do it here at home."
The 27-year-old right fielder represents one of the closest things Baltimore has to a franchise player. Markakis, who is signed through 2014 with an option for 2015, has never hit below .291 in his six Major League seasons, with that mark coming in his rookie year.
"He's what, 27? That's pretty impressive," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think the consistency is something that, I'm a big fan of consistency, especially from a manager's seat, knowing what you are going to get from somebody, not wondering. He's a guy that's very easy to trust. Brings a certain element every day regardless of what's going on in his life on or off the field and physically. Nick's dinged up. You see him after the game, some of the things that I see, he posts up. It's very important to him to post up, be there for the organization and teammates. It's just the way he was brought up. And that's something that came with him when he was drafted, it wasn't something he developed here. You don't develop that in the big leagues, very seldom."
Markakis, who has rebounded since struggling at the plate earlier this season, becomes the 14th Oriole to reach the 1,000-hit plateau. The left-fielder's teammate, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, reached the 2,500 hit mark earlier this season.
"You look at him [Guerrero] and [New York Yankees shortstop Derek] Jeter and those type of guys, the guys who have done it," Markakis said. "I'm still a long, long ways away from them. But it was definitely nice to get it and get it at home."
Avi Zaleon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.