As a Rangers' fan I have been lamenting (endlessly!) about "our" giving Chris Davis away to Baltimore. The reason for this was the "glimpes" of potential greatness he gave us during his three partial seasons here.
Watching BP at the Park in those years it was evident to all who had the most power on the Rangers - not Cruz, not Hamilton, but "Crush". In BP he swung the bat smoothly and (just like he does now) hit seemingly effortless "HR" to all fields. Then, for giggles, he'd take a few 'crush' swings and sometimes put it into places that even Hamilton couldn't reach.
In 2009, as a nervous hometown boy of 23 (Longview is just east of Dallas
), guess which swing he took into the game? As a result he struck out 150 times in 398 AB (but did hit 21 HR).
Along with a few "cups of coffee" in the 'Bigs, in 2010 - 2011 he hit .342 with 38 HR and 146 RBI in 153 AAA games! Why the Rangers elected to keep Moreland rather than him I still cannot figure, but they let the Orioles "steal" him in their greatest trade since they got Frank Robinson from the Reds for Milt Pappas back in the 1960's.
When he was traded to Baltimore I immediatle posted a lament here that the Orioles had stolen a .300/30/100 player with "Warehouse Power". Maybe I underestimated him a bit...
at his present pace he might do that by the All Star Game!
I was led to post this today by a "factoid" I saw on the MLB Network the other day: in his last 162 major league games for Baltimore, Davis has hit 50 HR
and driven in 119
! Did I mention that he has always been a "plus" defender?
In any case, now that he swings within himself in the Show, it looks like he is there to stay. And, as he is arbitration eligible for next season it looks like the big payday is not far away. Congratulations, Chris! (All I ask is that you do not eventually sign with the Yankees; Camden Yards was built with a hitter like you in mind! And the food in Charm City is wonderful.)
(Another bit of advice: don't "do" the HR Derby at the AS Game; it might mess with your timing and your head like it did with Josh
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