If it’s ever going to happen, I feel like 2014 is the year.

As a Nick Markakis fan since the early days — and I’m talking the Bowie Baysox early days — I’ve always hoped to see the Baltimore Orioles right fielder be recognized for his achievements with a roster spot in the mid-summer classic.

Let’s be honest, gone are the days of Markakis the 23 home run hitter. And that six-year, $66 million contract stings a little because I think we all (Andy MacPhail included) hoped to see the power develop after his 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t. But recently a new hero has emerged in right field: Nick Markakis the leadoff hitter.

Atop Buck Showalter‘s lineup, Markakis has slashed .283/.332/.350 in 42 games this season. Leading off games, he’s hitting .405!

So is this it? Will we finally get to see Nick Markakis the All-Star?