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Nick Markakis is one of five full-time major league outfielders yet to commit an error this season.
MLB Record: 57 errors (1994 Baltimore Orioles)
Who Could Break It: Baltimore Orioles (46 errors)*
Nearly 20 years after Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Rafael Palmeiro and company set the modern-day standard for defensive excellence, a new generation of Orioles, led by Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis, is set to shatter their predecessor's mark.
"This is the best defense they've ever had," Hall of Fame pitcher and career Oriole Jim Palmer told the Baltimore Sun's Childs Walker. "It's pretty simple."
It's hard to argue with him there, as Baltimore's fielders simply don't make mistakes when the ball is hit their way.
Nick Markakis is the only everyday right fielder in baseball who has yet to commit an error, while 1B Chris Davis, LF Nate McLouth, C Matt Wieters and CF Adam Jones are all within two errors of the top spot for their respective positions.
Ironically, it's Manny Machado, Baltimore's 21-year-old phenom who is considered by some to be the best defensive third baseman in the game, that leads the team in errors with 13, one of only two Orioles to crack double-digits (SS J.J. Hardy, with 10, is the other).
Realistically, the only way that Baltimore doesn't beat its own record is if the team decides to take the field without gloves—and even that might not be enough to stop the Orioles from fielding the ball cleanly.
*Tampa Bay could, theoretically, break the record as well, but with 55 errors on the season, the Rays would need to play flawless defense for the rest of the season to pull it off. Even if they did manage to go without an error for the rest of the year, Baltimore would still be the record holder with a nearly double-digit lead.