BALTIMORE – As the Orioles took the field on Saturday, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Nick Markakis all ran out together.
That’s not unusual. All four have played in each of the team’s 56 games.
The Orioles are the only team in baseball to have four players who’ve played in each of their team’s games.
Had Chris Davis not been injured in Anaheim last month and held out of a game, they could have had five.
Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t have long-range plans for the four to play each game.
“We let the game and the communication tell us that,” Showalter said.
Jones played in each of the Orioles’ 162 games last year, and has a consecutive game streak of 221. Markakis has twice played in 161 and 160 games, but never a full season. Hardy played in a career high 158 games in 2012, and Machado is in his first season, but has played in of the 107 games he’s been on the roster for since last August’s callup.
Hardy wants to play every day for the first time.
“I’d like to. I think we all would. We all saw what Jones did last year. I think it changed a lot of things. It changed everyone’s attitude, expectations,” Hardy said.
“If I had had the attitude that I had this year last year, I would have liked to have played 162, but there were times last year where I’m like, ‘I need a day. I need a day.’ A lot of it is more mental than physical. When you get mentally fatigued you start thinking that.“
Showalter vowed last year not to let Jones play each game. He’s making no such vow this year.
“I take it personally day-by-day. Last year it worked out where Adam, it fit,” Showalter said.
“History will tell you there will be things that go on where it will be tough for that to happen.”
The Los Angeles Angels have three players who’ve appeared in each of their games: Howie Kendrick, Mike Trout and Mike Trumbo. The Tigers have two, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Fielder has played in 397 straight games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.