For Chris Davis, every day is a home run derby.
The Baltimore Orioles‘ slugger is known for the long ball, but in 2013 he has thoroughly embarrassed home run hitters across the league. With 37 homers before the All-Star break, Davis is starting to break records that we never thought would be broken…sorry, Reggie Jackson.
It has been quite some time since the Orioles’ faithful have been this excited about a certain infielder. In fact, Cal Ripken was the last Baltimore standout to get this kind of publicity. Ripken was the last Orioles’ player to win the MLB AL MVP award and it came way back in 1983 — 30 years later and it appears that Davis has a legitimate shot to end that skid.
However, the end of the season is months away and Davis has to enjoy being the first American League hitter to smash 37 homers before the all-star break since Jackson had that many in 1969. Do you know how many powerful bats have been in the AL in the last 44 years?
Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez have all had some monstrous seasons in that time, but even they weren’t able to hit that many homers prior to the “Midsummer classic.”
It took a late surge for Davis to tie Jackson’s uncanny 1969 pace, though. After a short-lived slump earlier in the month of June, Davis has went yard in each of his last four games and is seeing the ball better than he has all year long.
Look out, MLB.