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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

O’s slugger Davis expects return to spring form after return

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Chris Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League Baseball came to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus.

Now, as the slugger strives to find ways to keep his three daughters amused while confined to his house, Davis remains confident that he’s poised to return to the form he displayed before signing a much-publicized and subsequently criticized seven-year, $161 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis got that deal after winning his second home run title in 2015. He hasn’t been the same since then.

Davis has seen his long ball production dwindle in each of the last three years, down to a paltry 12 in 2019. He finished with batting averages of .215, .168 and .179 over that span while totaling a whopping 526 strikeouts. He closed the 2018 season without a hit in his last 21 at-bats and extended the streak to a record-setting 0 for 54 before finally breaking through last April.

At a time like this, I can’t blame him for wanting to hold onto this sentiment…..


QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 01:41 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 01, 2020 at 07:14 AM (#5935425)
Finally, something has succeeded in stopping Chris Davis from losing ballgames for the Orioles.

Fully half (6 of 12) of Davis' MLB seasons have had a negative WAR. The last three years, he's been paid $69,000,000 for his gaudy -5.4 WAR. Sunk costs, guys, sunk costs.
   2. Qufini Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:04 AM (#5935459)
I'd love for it to be true but I never expected his spring training hot streak to last, even without the long layoff.
   3. Itchy Row Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:27 AM (#5935463)
He has the worst luck. Every time Chris Davis gets into the best shape of his life, a pandemic shuts down the world for a few months.
   4. The Duke Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:38 AM (#5935468)
Well, he’s been pretty good-natured about it. I’ll give him that. It has to be hard to be the worst ball player ever
   5. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:47 AM (#5935474)
How bad to you have to be for the team to just eat the money? He's a first baseman who had a 60 OPS+ last year, which was a big improvement on his 49 from the year before.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:53 AM (#5935476)
If the Orioles were expecting to be competitive, I would expect them to eat the rest of the money. But they haven't been, so I don't really see the pressing need.

   7. PreservedFish Posted: April 01, 2020 at 10:56 AM (#5935477)
The last three years, he's been paid $69,000,000 for his gaudy -5.4 WAR. Sunk costs, guys, sunk costs.

But the O's would have had to pay $70,500,000 for 0 WAR.
   8. bunyon Posted: April 01, 2020 at 11:17 AM (#5935488)
I think Davis is a lock to have his best WAR in years this season.
   9. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 01, 2020 at 02:04 PM (#5935564)
It's almost as if he has the hitter's version of the yips. It would be great to see him overcome that.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2020 at 03:08 PM (#5935590)
In fairness, Davis did hit .467/.615/1.067 for a 1.682 OPS, with 9 BB & only 3 K’s. Sure, it was just Spring Training, and only 24 PA, but to a drowning man that looks like a life preserver. He doesn’t really have much choice other than to be optimistic, especially in public. Davis has handled the situation about as well as anyone could - wouldn’t mind seeing him return to respectability even though I’m no Orioles fan.
   11. catomi01 Posted: April 01, 2020 at 06:14 PM (#5935651)
How bad to you have to be for the team to just eat the money? He's a first baseman who had a 60 OPS+ last year, which was a big improvement on his 49 from the year before.

At some point wouldn't you have to try and see if he could pitch or something? Even as an emergency last guy out of the pen (which he has actually done a couple of times), but more as a two way player to try and squeeze a little value out of him?

Also - I know it's the orioles and they weren't going anywhere anyway, but how can you give over 800 PA the last two years to someone who just can't hit at all?

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