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Chris Davis Still Views Roger Maris As Single-Season Home Run King

As Tracy Stallard mumbles…Not again.

Chris Davis is on pace for 60 home runs this season. That’s one shy of Roger Maris‘ single-season mark in 1961 and 13 shy of Barry Bonds‘ all-time mark set in 2001. Davis, who has openly been questioned by fans and reporters about using performance enhancing drugs, told ESPN’s Mike and Mike that he still views Maris as the single-season home run king.

“I do and the reason being, he was the last guy to do it clean,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of things that have been said about the guys who have come after him and you know and have achieved the record, but I think as far as the fans are concerned they still view Maris as being the all-time home run record [holder] and I think you have to. There’s no doubt that Barry [Bonds] and Mark [McGwire] and any of those guys had ridiculous seasons and had some great years, but I think when you get to the root of the record I still think it’s Roger Maris’.”

When asked about the accusations made by fans and members of the media, Davis didn’t shy away from making it clear he’s clean.

“It’s an easy assumption seeing what’s gone on in the past and I understand that. There are time when it’s frustrating to me because you know all those people that are making the accusations aren’t there in the offseason, during the season, after games when you’re tired and you don’t want to work out and you have to get your work in.”

Repoz Posted: July 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joe Bivens Recognizes the Kenyan Precedent Posted: July 05, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4485516)
   2. John DiFool2 Posted: July 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4485538)
Ya beat me to it, JB-I'll sic my Happy Death Men on you for that.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: July 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4485542)
I still view Kurt Cobain as the best songwriter alive.
   4. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4485554)
I believe what he's really saying is that he thinks he might be able to hit 61 home runs, but he's pretty sure he can't hit 73.
   5. DKDC Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4485558)
Yeah why set the bar any higher than you have to?
   6. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:08 PM (#4485561)
He do it clean.

In for the Pete de Freitas fix!
   7. Monty Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4485566)
Poor Sammy Sosa. Nobody even bothers to accuse him of using steroids; they just skip him entirely.
   8. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4485575)
He do it clean.

Bring on the dancing horses.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4485578)

well, Sammy led his league in HR twice in a span of 5 years - but neither came in the 3 years that he hit more than 61

   10. McCoy Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4485583)
Davis, who has openly been questioned by fans and reporters about using performance enhancing drugs, told ESPN’s Mike and Mike that he still views Maris as the single-season home run king.

Well, that and $18.00 will get you a cup of coffee nowadays.
   11. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 05, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4485599)
I don't care HOW many seasons "The Simpsons" runs, "Gunsmoke" is still the champion. Did James Arness ever get to draw pictures of himself instead of showing up for work?
   12. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4485616)
Maris is still the AL record holder.
   13. Jim Wisinski Posted: July 05, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4485623)
1958: Dr. John Ziegler experiments with usage of anabolic steroids by weightlifters
1960: Roger Maris suddenly starts seeing a big increase in his HR%

The evidence is pretty clear.
   14. Gamingboy Posted: July 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM (#4485628)
Maris is still the AL record holder.


People always seem to forget this.
   15. Srul Itza Posted: July 05, 2013 at 06:35 PM (#4485629)
What is this "AL" of which you speak? I seem to have a dim recollection of a time when there were two major leagues, but that was so long ago, I am not certain that my memory is accurate.
   16. Dale Sams Posted: July 05, 2013 at 06:45 PM (#4485639)
Maris is still the AL record holder.

People always seem to forget this.


Reminds me of when Bonds would say, "White people don't want me to break Ruth's record(Aaron who?)", I'd ask what record and apologists would say, "Most HR's by a left-hander"....ohhh....yeah.
   17. Shredder Posted: July 05, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4485669)
He do it clean
If he's not, then Heads Will Roll. His home run totals are really Going Up. I think the key this year is that he's hitting the Cutter.
   18. Bug Selig Posted: July 05, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4485761)
Reminds me of when Bonds would say, "White people don't want me to break Ruth's record(Aaron who?)", I'd ask what record and apologists would say, "Most HR's by a left-hander"....ohhh....yeah.


I can corroborate that at least one white person thought Bonds was an ####### and didn't want him to break anybody's record.
   19. Hack Wilson Posted: July 05, 2013 at 09:19 PM (#4485775)
Maris is still the AL record holder.


No Ruth is. Maris only gets an asterisk.
   20. jdennis Posted: July 05, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4485778)
I think Bonds phrased it that way to insert an example of the racist's belief that Ruth was still the record holder, as in "they still think Ruth is the record holder." I think it was sarcasm and an internal commentary on his part.
   21. Dale Sams Posted: July 05, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4485784)
Interesting jd. I hadn't thought of it that way. Of course if that's true, his supporters also didn't get the sarcasm.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 05, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4485800)
Did James Arness ever get to draw pictures of himself instead of showing up for work?

Well, as the years went on there were more and more episodes that only had a glorified cameo appearance by Marshall Dillon, with Festus, Miss Kitty or Doc left to deal with whatever drama was unfolding in Dodge City. But still a good point, animation is a whole different category.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4485848)
And Frasier Crane is Jesse Orosco.
   24. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4485850)
Last I checked Bonds hit 73 HR's AND walked 177 times in the same season. And sorry Chris, he holds a record you will never sniff. Oh, and "Baseball" rewarded his effort with his 4th MVP and his first of 4 consecutive. Hate all you want. Facts is facts.
   25. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:40 PM (#4485851)
If he's not, then Heads Will Roll. His home run totals are really Going Up. I think the key this year is that he's hitting the Cutter.


Yep, right Over The Wall.
   26. McCoy Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM (#4485855)

Last I checked Bonds hit 73 HR's AND walked 177 times in the same season. And sorry Chris, he holds a record you will never sniff. Oh, and "Baseball" rewarded his effort with his 4th MVP and his first of 4 consecutive.


More importantly the Giants rewarded Bonds with a 5 year 90 million dollar contract after his record breaking season.
   27. cardsfanboy Posted: July 05, 2013 at 10:46 PM (#4485858)
Why the hell are they not walking Davis? 36 walks so far this season in 85 games. Even if they are late to the party to realizing his improvement, at some point in time he should be averaging a walk a game.
   28. Booey Posted: July 06, 2013 at 12:24 AM (#4485913)
Maris is still the AL record holder.

People always seem to forget this.


Cuz no one pays any attention to league records. How many casual fans even knew Hack Wilson held the NL season record prior to 1998?
   29. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 06, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4486027)
On its face an entirely self serving statement. It's easier to hit 62 HR than it is to hit 74.
   30. bobm Posted: July 06, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4486074)
After one semester at Texas Davis enrolled at a junior college, and he signed with the Rangers two years later as a fifth-round pick. The draft lasts only 40 rounds now, and Davis said he doubted the Yankees [who had first drafted Davis] would have stuck with him if he had struggled.

“It’s probably a good thing I didn’t sign, because I think I started my professional career 1 for 32,” Davis said. “So I might have been home quicker than I wanted to be.”

Soon enough, Davis figured things out. In his first full professional season, he hit 36 homers. The next year he hit 40, including 17 for the Rangers. He also struck out prodigiously, and his reputation began to harden around the game: big power but lots of strikeouts.

"Power’s always been my forte,” Davis said. “I don’t think there was ever a question of whether I had power. It was, was I going to be able to make contact consistently and give myself a chance to let that play?”


Davis, Drafted by Yankees, Breaks Out With Orioles - NYTimes.com


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