Nick Markakis’ record errorless streak ends at 398 games

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Braves right fielder Nick Markakis saw his record errorless streak come to an end this afternoon against the Nationals when he bobbled a ball off the bat of Denard Span in the first inning. The error allowed Span to reach second base. You can watch the play here.

Markakis had gone 398 consecutive games without an error, the major league record for a non-pitcher. His last error came on August 10, 2012 as a member of the Orioles.

Markakis just set the record a week ago by passing Darren Lewis, who went 392 games without an error from 1990-1994 with the Athletics and Giants. It’s an interesting tidbit, even if errors only give us a very limited perspective on how good a defender actually is.