Parkview hosts Atlanta Braves community hero clinic, celebration

Atlanta Braves player Nick Markakis, left, and Hal Simpson, who was honored by the Braves as a community hero, look on during a 2016 event at Parkview High School.

After an earlier decision not to play the shortened MLB season, Braves outfielder Nick Markakis had a change of heart.

Markakis plans to rejoin his Atlanta teammates, reversing course on his decision three weeks earlier to skip the season because of COVID-19 concerns.

“Sometimes you make rash decisions without thinking things through,” Markakis told reporters Wednesday. “At the time I thought it was the right decision. It still could be the right decision but I’m going against my decision. I talked to my teammates. I talked to (general manager) Alex (Anthopoulos), Snit (manager Brian Snitker) and all those guys. I’d like to come back.

“Sitting at home watching these guys compete the last couple of days and all the risks they’re taking going out there. Deep down in the pit of my stomach I felt like I needed to be out there. I had the opportunity to be welcomed back and here I am. I’m going to do my best to get back as quick as I can and help these guys out.”

Markakis, 36, said he has the support of his family to return.

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