Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally got a hit this season, breaking a record (for position players) streak of 54 consecutive at bats without a hit, dating back to September 14, 2018.
Davis, you may recall, is a former Texas Ranger who burst on the scene his rookie year, but then struggled with contact issues before being dealt to Baltimore in July, 2011, along with Tommy Hunter in the deal that brought Koji Uehara to Texas. Davis had several solid seasons with the Orioles, and then after the 2015 season, signed a 7 year, $161 million deal.
Since signing that deal, however, Davis has put up a 683 OPS, including a 539 OPS last year. Davis has talked about how the struggles have impacted him mentally and emotionally, while dealing with the pressure of a contract that will pay him $23 million this year and $69 million from 2019-21.
Davis was a very well-liked player here, and the 33 year old Longview, Texas, native deserves a better fate than what he’s been going through. Hopefully this helps him get back on track.