He's having by far his best year. Almost suspiciously so. But good for him. It's a contract year for him, but I don't believe people can just "turn it on" and hit 35 points above their career average just for one season like that. And yes, if he hits those numbers he will force serious consideration, but it may not be automatic. They made Biggio wait a couple years with 3000 hits, and he was on the whole more accomplished and decorated than Markakis is so far, with Gold Gloves, All-Star games at multiple positions, and MVP votes. Markakis is just getting to his first ASG this year, with a couple gold gloves. I think he'd have to pass 300 homers, too, and have some more personal accolades. Otherwise he could be the answer to a trivia question.