Posted August 20, 2013

Orioles’ Chris Davis on Aug. 26 regional cover of Sports Illustrated

Chris Davis, Sports Illustrated cover
Chris Davis, Orioles

Davis is closing in on the Orioles’ single-season record of 50 home runs, set by Brady Anderson in 1996. (Tom DiPace)

In 2008 and 2009, his first two seasons in the major leagues, Chris Davis hit a total of 38 home runs as a part-time player for the Texas Rangers. He hit just six the next two years combined and began to wonder if he would make it in the bigs. Davis, who was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, has proved emphatically this season that he is here to stay. The O’s first baseman leads the majors with 45 home runs and appears this week on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Senior writer Tom Verducci charts Davis’ rise from being a frustrated part-timer who was twice demoted to the minors in 2010 to becoming the majors’ top slugger just three years later. The first step was some advice Davis got from an AL East rival that Davis says now “was like a revelation in my life.” The second step was to rebuild his swing, from his stance to his stride to the movement of his head. The changes were transformative. In 2012, his first season with more than 500 at-bats, Davis hit 33 home runs, eighth-best in the AL. This year, he has not only already established personal bests in runs, walks, home runs and RBIs, he is on pace for career highs in hits, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He is also helping keep Baltimore in the thick of the AL playoff chase as the O’s seek their second consecutive postseason berth.

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8 comments
LindaKildowColvin
LindaKildowColvin

where can i buy a SI with chris davis?  i've looked all over today and can't find it!


europoljuice
europoljuice

Shooot..my boy is clean, clean..clean!!  Just like CAL was. So to all those haters and posers! WATCH AND LEARN!!!  Go get KID!!!!   Love it!!!   Davis is on his way to becoming the best keep secret..to a real legit HR HITTER!!  GO O's!!

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

I hope he's 'clean'...because the media will destroy him.

dinohealth
dinohealth

A one-year fluke having the season of a lifetime? Good for him!   Let's revisit in October... 

ClarenceWooters
ClarenceWooters

I remember how excited I was when the orioles got him as a throw in peace in the koji deal! I have always been a fan of crush drafted him in fantasy baseball in 2009 and 2010 I never gave up hope congrats cd your o mazing! Go o's

Michael10
Michael10

Wow -- the regional cover? 

If he keeps it up, he might just make the cover of the Orioles 2014 media guide, too...

BrianRector
BrianRector

@dinohealth Not a one year fluke, read MLB articles on him, he's thrown away what other hitting coaches told him and he's hitting the way he knows how, last year showed he was going to break out, he's learned to hit. Most hitters forget mechanics, he's relearning them. I've watched him play since high school, he's got a ton of talent, he's fullfilling it now