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Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Texas Rangers designate former AL home run champion Khris Davis for assignment

The Texas Rangers designated outfielder/designated hitter Khris Davis for assignment on Tuesday after he was hitting .157 in his first season with the club.

Davis, who was acquired in the trade that sent longtime Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus to the Oakland Athletics, has two home runs and five RBIs in 22 games with Texas. He began the season on the injured list with a strained left quad.

The 33-year-old Davis led the American League in home runs in 2018 for the A’s when he hit 48 and went on to win the Edgar Martinez Award as the major leagues’ top designated hitter.

His 2018 season capped a run of three straight seasons of 42 or more home runs and 102 or more RBIs. He also hit .247 in each season.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2021 at 05:11 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 08, 2021 at 05:48 PM (#6023228)
Khris Davis DFA. Chris Davis might as well be DFA. Mark Trumbo retired. Jose Bautista retired. Jorge Soler 62 OPS+. Miggy 62 OPS+. Luke Voit 53 OPS+ (injured). Of the last 10 AL HR champs, Judge and Nelson Cruz (and probably Voit) are the only ones you want near your baseball team right now. Here's hoping current leader Vlad Jr doesn't hit the Davis/Soler curse. (He's a much better overall hitter than any of those 3.)

The NL is no more impressive -- the less said about Ozuna the better; Stanton (hurt all the time), Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez, Braun, Kemp. Arenado, Harper and the solid but looking less spectacular by the day Pete Alonso and Goldschmidt are the only guys you might want. A current 3-way tie among Acuna, Tatis and Jesse Winker, my money is on Winker. I certainly never thought of Arenado as the premier HR hitter of his generation but he led the NL three times (2 ties) in 4 years. Nobody in the NL has really pulled off a run like that since Schmidt; the AL has ARod and Griffey.

The AL 1994-2008 was an impressive run: mostly Griffey and ARod with Belle, Mac, Manny and Ortiz mixed in (and Glaus). The NL had a classic run from the mid 50s through mid 70s (longer depending on how you feel about Ralph Kiner and George Foster) but after that you're always gonna have to remember Kevin Mitchell, Bichette, Andruw, Howard/Fielder.

Thome had 612 HR, 8th all-time, never led the AL, once led the NL. He never led the league in RBI (1700 career); he has only 13 points of black ink (mostly BB). That's kinda amazing.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 08, 2021 at 06:01 PM (#6023231)
Both of Davis' homers this year came at Coors Field last week.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 08, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6023232)
The K/Chris Davises have personally cost their teams 6.3 WAR over the last four years, while earning at least $125MM, plus whatever they get for 2021. (Not really fair to Khris, as Chris has been responsible for 5.7 of that 6.3.)
   4. 57i66135 right now is attacking rest Posted: June 08, 2021 at 06:07 PM (#6023234)
fun fact:

the phillies also recently DFA'd scott kingery, who is a career .229/.280/.387 hitter, and is owed 20MM over the next 3 years.
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 08, 2021 at 06:12 PM (#6023235)
I forgot Soler had smacked close to 50 homers a couple seasons back. What an anomaly that year looks like in the big picture.
   6. The Duke Posted: June 08, 2021 at 06:51 PM (#6023239)
Do all ch(K)ris Davis’ suck ?
   7. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: June 08, 2021 at 08:05 PM (#6023253)
Khris (Mr. .247) Davis was a pleasure to watch (and by all accounts a pretty good teammate) for those years in Oakland. He was a terrible fielder, with no arm and no speed and (perhaps because he spent so little time out there in recent years) no instincts. It's a shame that he tweaked his hip in 2019, playing the outfield in Pittsburgh. On May 21st, 2019 he was hitting .247 with an 810 OPS, he didn't play for a few days after that, then went on the disabled list:

Khris Davis goes on the disabled list with hip contusion

It was all downhill from there. His bat speed seemed missing, his confidence too. He always had lived on the edge, this little guy (he was listed at 5' 11" but he seemed shorter than that) who generated this huge opposite-field power, not really with the arms but with his hips. Something similar happened to Buster Posey, but he didn't sink so far, and apparently a year's rest has helped him out since he's hitting really well this year. But Buster was never an all-or-nothing power hitter like Khris was.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: June 08, 2021 at 10:08 PM (#6023278)
the phillies also recently DFA'd scott kingery

I had no idea. He seems to have accepted the assignment as he played at Lehigh last week.

Do all ch(K)ris Davis’ suck ?

Many Davis hitters hit an early wall -- Ike, Tommy, Glenn, Alvin, Jody, Spud, me. And I forget, did Eric literally hit a wall or were none of his injuries wall-related. Willie and Chili had good long runs. Davis pitchers tend not to be worth much excitement to begin with but hang on OK. Storm might be the best ... or Wade/Ron if you like relievers.
   9. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: June 08, 2021 at 11:36 PM (#6023309)
Khris (Mr. .247) Davis was a pleasure to watch... He was a terrible fielder, with no arm and no speed and (perhaps because he spent so little time out there in recent years) no instincts.


That second sentence seems like a direct contradiction of the first.
   10. GregD Posted: June 08, 2021 at 11:59 PM (#6023311)
He was a pleasure to watch in that he hit and carried himself with style and was an exciting and appreciated (probably not beloved but not far from it) player. At home you didn’t have to watch him in the field. He was call when the younger guys were too high or too low.

It sucks he fell apart. The As somehow got something for him even if jury still out on what Andrus is worth. They got money too from the Rangers
   11. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: June 09, 2021 at 12:18 AM (#6023315)
That second sentence seems like a direct contradiction of the first.


As GregD noted, he almost always was the DH except when the A's played an NL team in a NL park, perhaps his rustiness contributed to his injury. As GregD also noted, he had a calm but positive demeanor, and until he got hurt was a pleasure to watch as a hitter. I was remembering that he was always (by design, I think) a little slow with the bat against fastballs, hence he hit a lot of home runs off fastballs to right-center. After he got hurt he just started missing those fastballs completely.
   12. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 09, 2021 at 01:23 AM (#6023319)
this little guy (he was listed at 5' 11" but he seemed shorter than that) who generated this huge opposite-field power,

I remember the first time I saw Khris Davis play, I was very confused. For a few years, I had mostly been following baseball via box scores and stats, and based on his HR, strikeout and fielding numbers, I was envisioning Davis as a hulking Ryan Howard or Adam Dunn or Chris ("No, the Other One") Carter type. Then here's this tiny, athletic-looking guy standing in LF who looks like he should have the nickname "Mookie." I couldn't believe that was Khris Davis.
   13. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: June 09, 2021 at 01:40 AM (#6023322)
MLB tonight did a nice video on him in 2018

Sean Casey on Khris Davis in 2018

And there's this:


All of Khris Davis' 48 home runs in 2018
   14. Jose Canusee Posted: June 09, 2021 at 11:17 PM (#6023511)
Remarkable how many times Trout has been on the leaderboard without ever leading the league. And I had forgotten how close Curtis Granderson was to being a two-time HR champ in 2011-12.
   15. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: June 10, 2021 at 05:51 AM (#6023529)
Khris Davis DFA. Chris Davis might as well be DFA. Mark Trumbo retired. Jose Bautista retired. Jorge Soler 62 OPS+. Miggy 62 OPS+. Luke Voit 53 OPS+ (injured). Of the last 10 AL HR champs, Judge and Nelson Cruz (and probably Voit) are the only ones you want near your baseball team right now. Here's hoping current leader Vlad Jr doesn't hit the Davis/Soler curse. (He's a much better overall hitter than any of those 3.)

The NL is no more impressive -- the less said about Ozuna the better; Stanton (hurt all the time), Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez, Braun, Kemp. Arenado, Harper and the solid but looking less spectacular by the day Pete Alonso and Goldschmidt are the only guys you might want.


When people talk about MLB not having much in the way of marketable stars, surely the above is an example of why this is particularly true at this moment. I'm curious what this era will look like from a historical perspective.

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