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Tap-In Question: Is the talent ‘there’ for Davis or are his days of being a feared hitter gone?

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The most interesting thing that occurred this weekend at Camden Yards — for me, anyway, was Chris Davis being out of the lineup for two consecutive games.

That and manager Buck Showalter’s discussion about Davis during his pre-game conference Sunday. You can read everything Showalter said in this piece that ran Sunday afternoon.

What struck me the most about Showalter’s thoughts was his final one.

He said, “I think Chris loves to play baseball and he loves playing the game within the game. … What happens is you’re trying to get it back with three homers in a game and two more and this one 480 feet, you know. When you drive in 100-plus runs, you are hitting some two-out singles, OK?  … But it’s there. It’s there.”

That’s what I want to discuss today in the Tap Room.

Do you believe it’s still there for Chris Davis?

I mean, the guy led the American League in homers in 2015 — it wasn’t that long ago.

But, in watching Davis these past two-plus seasons, it also seems like forever ago.

His homer totals and average have dropped dramatically since 2015. This year, he has only two homers and two doubles in 101 plate appearances — for a batting average of .167 and a slugging percentage of .256.

That’s not what the Orioles thought they were getting when they signed Davis to a franchise-record, seven-year, $161 million deal in January 2016.

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There are plenty of theories for Davis bottoming out. But most can be shot down. Yes, Davis still has his therapeutic use exemption for ADHD medication. Yes, his eyesight is fine (he’s said in the past that his eyesight is actually better than 20-20).

Yes, the constant shifting has hurt his average. Yes, he’s a power guy who is accustomed to being a power guy and hasn’t changed that approach when the ball isn’t flying off the bat. Yes, Davis has explored help with the mental side of the game. Yes, the expectations of that huge contract weighs on him. (It would on any of us.)

Whatever you want to throw out there, the Orioles and Davis have looked into it. And Davis has continued to struggle.

Today, I don’t want your theories on what’s wrong with Davis. Or how to fix him. Frankly, none of us know.

And, really, suggestions on what to do with him are moot, too. The Orioles aren’t eating that contract, no one is trading for it and he can’t be sent to the minors given his contractual/service time status. Ultimately, it would end up being a situation where they’d have to eat the money anyway and he could go elsewhere for a fresh start. A potential lose-lose for the Orioles.

So Davis, 32, is an Oriole for the next several years.

That leaves us to today’s question: Do you believe it is still there with Davis?

I mean, it’s hard to believe someone that talented can drop off this quickly. But it happens plenty in a game so difficult — especially as guys get into their 30s.

Davis has bounced back from rough seasons before — in between his best two campaigns, 2013 and 2015, he batted .196 in 127 games in 2014.

So, there’s history there, too, for a rebound if this isn’t a traditional decline.

This is fascinating to me. And I want your opinion. Because, frankly, none of us can truly predict what’s going to happen. But we all have our thoughts.

Is Showalter right? Is Davis’ talent and ability to hit a baseball still there? Or is this rock bottom with no return?

Tap-In Question: Is Davis’ hitting ability still ‘there’ or do you think he’ll never be able to rekindle what made him such a feared hitter?

92 Comments

92 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    April 30, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Here’s my analysis. I’m sorry I named my dog Crush after him. (my dog can’t hit either)

    Hell no Davis can’t hit anymore. He’s totally lost at the plate and has been for quite some time.

    I know that won’t get me a drink chip, but in the wake of yesterday’s victory, 1st round is on me boys.

    Go O’s!

    • Marshall

      April 30, 2018 at 8:10 am

      I’m taking the drink from that round. I’ve lost all hope for Ubaldo At Bat. Aging power hitter contracts always make my desire for NFL style contracts and salary cap increase. Whether it’s Ryan Howard or Albert Pujols, you have to be able to cut weight. Conversely, front offices can stop overpaying for power any time now…

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Good stuff both of you and thanks Boog for saving me around. And Ubaldo At Bat is a turn of phrase.

      • floriprus

        April 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

        I’ve been calling him “Mario Mendoza With Power” for a couple years now. But now that he needs a telescope to see Mendoza’s mythical line, I like this moniker better.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Mendoza with Power is hilarious too. Well, to me anyway.

  2. jeglaw66

    April 30, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Whether he’sl lost it or not, he clearly doesn’t have it now. He needs to stop waving at pitches and hitting into the shift. Go to the plate with the mindset of hitting it to left. Forget about the HR. If that’s successful, he’ll start getting pitches he can turn on. If not, the Ubaldo contract won’t look so bad.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Yeah, abandoning power for hits is difficult to swallow I imagine. But nothing else has worked.

  3. chico salmon

    April 30, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I have the utmost respect for players at this level. Average fans, like me, simply can’t relate to both the physical and mental demands. Having said that (here I go), I just don’t get Davis. No one expects him to be Tony Gwynn, but until he commits to hitting to the left side, the shift will continue to eat him for breakfast. Let’s face it, his bat has slowed down. He can’t catch up to fastballs as he once could. He makes no adjustments with two strikes ( none). He never shortens the swing, tries to go the other way.

    The league has adjusted to Davis. Until he compensates for his slowing bat speed and hits more the other way, expect the same result. I sure hope he commits to doing that, because it’s going to be a long 4 years of talking about this…. I’m voting that he adjusts, not that I really think he will, but the Ubaldo topic (bad contract, hold onto him despite hurting the team) became tiring, and this one will too.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:51 am

      I don’t think I agree on the fastball part. A Little sure. But I think it is more pitch recognition and the other things you suggest than not catching up to a fastball.

  4. Birdman

    April 30, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Davis’ offensive stats (BA, OBP, SLG, etc.) have all been on a steady decline since 2016, and he’s not getting any younger, so the prospect for a turnaround at this point doesn’t look good. As Buck’s comments imply, unless Davis is willing, and able, to make a dramatic change in his approach to hitting, he will just continue the downward spiral.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Very succinct, Bird. Drink chip.

  5. bigdaddydk

    April 30, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I see Davis showing signs of getting it back on occasion, but he rarely sustains it. That being the case, I think that’s mostly just coincidence rather than a bona fide return to form. Something is different. If you look at his swing in 2013 when he was killing the ball, his swing was faster through the strike zone and he wasn’t opening up nearly as early. He could hit the down and away pitch. He had power to all fields. Now, his swing is slower through the zone and his front shoulder comes out way too soon. He can’t handle the down and away pitch and he looks completely lost. The issue is, in my opinion, both mechanical and mental. I believe the talent is there. But I believe he needs to be less focused on playing games and more focused on relearning his swing. I’d guess he’s had about all the different forms of therapy he could have to try to correct the mental part, but I’d guess he still needs more. Whatever is going on, I hope he gets it back. At this point, he’s over two years into a horrid slump and I don’t hold out hope that he’s going to get back to 2013 or 2015 form again.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Solid points as always.

  6. Grand Strand Bird Fan

    April 30, 2018 at 8:41 am

    I still think he can be a productive power hitter. In his defense he has had several injuries the past few years. If you look at 2014 he had similar numbers to last year. This was after hitting 53 hrs. He missed a good many ST games that havent helped. Giving him a few days off may benefit him too.Trumbo coming back may help as well.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Good point. He played most of 16 with a busted thumb. But there wasn’t a rebound in 2017 to make you think 2016 was mainly physical.

  7. chico salmon

    April 30, 2018 at 8:42 am

    The Orioles are on the hook for this contract, whether he plays here or elsewhere. If they are out of the race by the All-Star break, they have a decision to make with Chris Davis. It’s not like Ubaldo, who pitched every 5th day and you could move into the bullpens. The position players are too valuable and, simply put, Chris Davis hurts the team with this performance. If they release him, move Mancini to first base, they can promote outfielders (Hays, Mullins), especially if they trade Adam Jones. Admit you made a mistake with the contract (it’s not the first), release him (eat the contract), and put the team’s on-field performance and future first, not stubbornly holding onto Chris Davis waiting for the “turnaround”.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:54 am

      You’d be eating over $100 million. No shot.

  8. Br10n

    April 30, 2018 at 8:44 am

    He seems lost and the bat seems slow. The O’s do not eat contracts so I see him retiring after the 2019 season. He has too much pride to just collect a pay check.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      April 30, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Too much pride to collect a $23 million a year paycheck? I wonder what Mrs. Crush thinks about that?

    • Paul Folkemer

      April 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

      After the 2019 season, Davis will still have roughly $69 million remaining on his contract. When’s the last time a player just walked away from that kind of money?

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Yep. Won’t happen.

  9. Orial

    April 30, 2018 at 8:49 am

    First off let me mention that Buck’s comment had a “Stengalese(Casey)” ring to it. Now Davis. No I think he’s shot to put it crudely. I think the league has adjusted and totally baffled him. I think his reflexes have slowed. Don’t know why he can’t at least bend his knees(a la Harper) when at the plate. The million dollar question is–being that he will get paid regardless does he HAVE to play? Can he ride the bench? Its holding the organization back.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

      That’s true. He doesn’t have to play. But he’s still the best defensive 1B they have. Although I’m not sure how far behind Mancini and even Trumbo are.

    • bigdaddydk

      April 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      He may be our best defensive first baseman, but first base is a bat-first position.

  10. Creatively_19

    April 30, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Once upon a time I stuck a “_19” at the end of my username on some Orioles fan site to signify my fandom of a particular player who wore that jersey. Overall, I’m still a fan of the person who wears that jersey in the O’s lineup, he’s a great teammate and he does fantastic work for the community. He used to be able to beat the shift by hitting the ball where they ain’t, so to speak, which was well over their heads. He didn’t just hit for power either, as he hit to a .262 clip in 2015, which while being nothing to write home about, it wasn’t practically an automatic out either.

    What can you say about Mr Davis now? He’s just not seeing the ball or driving it the way he used to, even compared to last season. If you want to do a deep dive into some analytical stats, he has a BABIP of .236 which suggests he’s getting very unlucky on balls he hits in play, and his ground ball rate has soared to 47.3% compared to his career 35.7%. His hard hit ball rate is way down and his medium hit ball rate is way up. He’s simply not approaching the ball like he did as recently as last year.

    Can he fix it? Is this it for him, and 4.8 more seasons of his contract? I don’t know to be honest, but I sure hope not.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      April 30, 2018 at 9:16 am

      I submit for your consideration that perhaps rather than bad luck, the .236 BABIP has something to do with his refusal/inability to go the other way, but instead, repeatedly hitting into the shift.

      • Jbigle1

        April 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm

        Sure, the .236 BABIP isn’t helped by his inability to go the other way but that was never part of his game. Something a long the lines of you can’t teach an old dog a new trick or something. Creative answered his own question for Davis’ babip. His grounder rate went from 23.6 to 47% That explains the BABIP right there.

    • Bancells Moustache

      April 30, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Nothing to be ashamed of 19, Dave McNally was a hell of a pitcher.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

      And Johnny Unitas a great QB.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      April 30, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      And an awesome song by Steely Dan.

  11. JCO

    April 30, 2018 at 9:06 am

    He really hasn’t had a great season since 2015. Two subpar seasons in a row, and a third now that shows no signs whatsoever of any turnaround. The answer is really quite simple.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Maybe. Odds are certainly in the favor of you being right. Really right.

  12. Boog Robinson Robinson

    April 30, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I submit for your consideration that perhaps rather than bad luck, the .236 BABIP has something to do with his refusal/inability to go the other way, but instead, repeatedly hitting into the shift.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 9:59 am

      I submit that you are referencing BABIP. What the heck. You owe Folkemer a fake beer. Or 26.

      • jkneps63

        April 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

        BRR I love the BABIP reference, I would gladly pony up for a beer for you!

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          April 30, 2018 at 2:13 pm

          Thanks ’63 …. but the BABIP reference goes to the thread Creatively_19 started. (look above a couple of spots)

          But hey, is the beer offer still on the table? ( I had to give the bulk of mine to Folkemer)

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        April 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm

        I’m getting rather low on fake chips.

  13. garyintheloo

    April 30, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Even in his best days Davis did not have great back to back years. Three years into this contract i think Davis can’t catch up to good fastballs and takes too many breaking pitches. Players don’t recover from three year droughts and I am not buying all the nagging injury stuff. Keeping Ubaldo in the rotation and even on the roster was a lose-lose because the money was wasted anyway. Same with Crush so put him on the bench until we can afford the payout. We have better options available and don’t let him block them.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:02 am

      One thing I’ll be curious about is when/if the org moves Mountcastle off third base.

  14. ubetonit

    April 30, 2018 at 9:34 am

    TWO YEARS is not a slump. This is the CD that Texas gave up on. He swings at pitches out of the strike zone & then takes pitches right down the middle b/c he’s guessing. Batting him in the middle of the batting order will continue to kill run production. If he has to play, bat him 7th or 8th.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Took some time for the order thing to come up. Drink chip.

      • ubetonit

        April 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm

        IIRC, in 2011&2012 when little was expected of him, he batted 6th or 7th and he prospered

  15. Rusty Trumbo

    April 30, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I think Davis can be fixed I just don’t think we have the coaching staff capable of fixing him.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:04 am

      I’m not sure it’s the coaching staff’s fault. From what I see and hear Coolbaugh sure as hell tries. But it’s ultimately up to the player.

  16. TheFatMan

    April 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I think there is still talent there, but his inability to go against the shift is the major issue. His high batting average seasons were a bit of a fluke. If he could rebound to his Dave Kingman .220 with 40 HR levels, I could live with that because of the defense he provides as well. Mancini is a big drop off defensively if you look at the past 2 games. He is not going anywhere unless he gets hurt . No one is going to take him right now even if O’s eat the majority of the contract. It was a bad move when they signed him and as you are seeing, the rest of the industry is souring on long term contracts for power guys unless they are early 20’s.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:05 am

      True. Power ain’t what it used to be on the open market.

  17. bickel57

    April 30, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I hope I am wrong because we are stuck with him but I think he is broke and can t be fixed. I hope he likes sitting the pines because that is where he will be spending his days with the O’s. Mancini is the the first baseman. He is hitting better there why change .

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:06 am

      With all due respect Bick, it’s the Second time you’ve said this. Mancini has 3 starts at 1B all season. The numbers are the same. And the sample size is too small to matter.

  18. Bancells Moustache

    April 30, 2018 at 9:50 am

    He’ll start hitting again. No one bangs 53 and 47 jacks without knowing what they are doing. Everything is between the ears with Mr. Davis, and his status as a very wealthy man ironically makes it even more difficult. Such is life. We just have to sit and wait. The Orioles aren’t eating the contract. And Chris Davis isn’t going listen to every guy at the bar with a mouthful of buffalo wings telling him to bunt against the shift and start hitting bloop singles into left. Davis hits the ball over the fence. That’s why he is in Major League Baseball. He’s not transforming into Ichiro. If he bunts down the third base line and gets on first, the ball is not in flag court so the opposing pitcher wins. What, he’s now on base so the immortal Caleb Joseph can bat him in?

    We’re stuck with this guy, for better or worse. Is the contract bad ? Absolutely. The same people who talk about how stupid the Orioles are for resigning Davis, weren’t they the same ones on message boards and talk radio threatening to sell their season tickets, never go back to the stadium, burn jerseys blah blah blah if the O’s DIDN”T retain Crush and his 47 HRs in the winter of 2015? You better believe it.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Drink chip. Enough said.

  19. jkneps63

    April 30, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Yes, I believe it is still there for Davis, he just turned 32 in March, physically he looks in good shape, plays well at 1B, isn’t over the hill yet. He has that “what the heck is going on with me” look a lot when he walks back from the plate to the dugout, I kind of feel for him.

    Glad Buck is trying something like “talk therapy” with him. Would a fresh face at hitting coach help? Or maybe bring in someone with a rep for rebuilding struggling power hitters if there is someone like that available. Maybe an approach where you go back to kindergarten if you will and someone he trusts go overs hitting with him as if he had never swung a bat.

    I hope he turns it around, it is painful to watch him struggle at the plate as a fan, I can only image how bad it is for him personally.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      I think it has been pretty bad for him. As Buck says, imagine being really good at something and then not being able to do it nearly as well. That’s frustration.

  20. Strovel

    April 30, 2018 at 10:24 am

    My favorite pastime is watching him take two belt-high cookies for strikes then give himself one swing to try to do something off a breaking ball.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Well, you certainly are seasoned at it.

  21. deqalt

    April 30, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Chris Davis is a nice guy and tries probably too hard for his own good, but something went on or is going on with him. This guy was known as one of the biggest power hitters in the game, he signs a long term contract, then during one of the biggest homerun surges in baseball he is MIA. Since the signing even when he does hit its not the same power and distance since signing that contract. He looks very ordinary. The eye test the past 2 years tells me something dramatic happened once he signed.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      It’s a hard game, man. I think it is more likely something much smaller that snowballs, like a lack of confidence or whatever.

  22. OsFanStuckInNY

    April 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

    If this was truly a “business,” Davis would be moved at any cost (loss) — it’s called cutting your losses, improving by subtraction in this case. His defensive play at 1st hadn’t been any better than Mancini’s, and there are better OF’s in the minors that deserve a look.

    If Davis was truly a team player, I’d expect him to accept a demotion to AAA to try to fix his problems. (Mental injury rehab?) I’d even go so far as to cut him: when another team takes him, they are at least paying the MLB minimum, which equals the MLB minimum the Os would pay his replacement, so for no financial change, the team gets better. That is good business. And morale improves.

    I sure hope CD can return to the success he enjoyed previously. If not here, then elsewhere.
    These is exactly how I’d have handled Jimenez and Tillman, too…

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Easy to say with someone else’s money. But eating $100-plus million is nuts. It’s why these types of teams don’t buy big. It’s not that they can’t afford the splurge; it’s that can afford splurges when the big one implodes. That’s the real difference between a large market teams and smaller ones: the ability to absorb high-priced mistakes. Getting nothing in return at $23 million a year is a disaster. You have to hope he gives something back. At least for the next year or so. It’s not like he is Pujols’ age

  23. JParsley

    April 30, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I think he’s done. I just don’t see anything that can give me hope. This sucks cause I like the guy and I want him to do well

  24. ATCguy

    April 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Got too many things going on today to read all of the previous responses right now… but I’ll answer the question with this:

    Yes, I believe he’s still got it, and can get it back… IF… and only if, he truly buys in to the simple philosophy of “get on base”, any way, any how.

    If that means bunt towards 3rd every at bat until they quit shifting on ya, then bunt. If it means choking up on the bat and simply slapping the pitch the other way or over the infield, then choke up. Get on base… don’t just swing the shileghlie like it’s another routine day on the job. Do whatever needs to be done.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I’d agree. Get on base. Be productive and maybe that confidence builds

  25. willmiranda

    April 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Beware of power-hitting first basemen from Texas named Davis! 🙂 There’s no explaining jinxes.
    One note: hitting away from the shift is not so easy. The pitcher isn’t going to help you. Even Ted Williams rarely went the other way, and he had the friendly Green Monster to tattoo.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Agreed. all of it is easier said than done, will.

  26. TheGreat8

    April 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Asking for a friend…a second positive test results in a year suspension, right? and the team isn’t on the hook for that money? Maybe Crush needs to borrow Miggy’s B12 supplements…

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Honestly I don’t know what the penalty is for a second amphetamine positive. Don’t think that has happened in MLB since the penalties changed.

  27. Jack Gibbons

    April 30, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    It’s hard to figure out how someone with Davis’ gifts, and desire, can seemingly lose it overnight, but he has appeared to be lost for some time now — long enough that it’s hard to imagine he’ll regain the power stroke and confidence he once had. Like a lot of the Orioles, he’s a guy you want to see do well, but there comes a point where you might need to change his role even though you’re paying him a lot.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      At the very least drop him further in the lineup or not play him every day. There are ways to absorb the impact of his lack of impact.

  28. OriolesNumber1Fan

    April 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    My opinion, CD has that deer in the headlights look to him at the plate. And Buck is right about SINGLES in a run or two instead of hr’s and hitting the ball the other way doesn’t require a new hitting coach. One other thing, If this contract is weighing on him to live to, then go to the warehouse and renogiate a new deal with best interest to both sides. Leave Scott Boros out of it like ARod did with the yanks. More deferred $$$ would be a start. Get his salary more in line say 8 – 10 mil per year. Money saved could then be used for keeping Manny. If he would do that, most Oriole fans would love CD all over again. Something to consider, for him and Orioles front office/ownership.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      He is already deferring a chunk of it. And it’s the not contract that is weighing on him, it’s the pressure of not living up to expectations. I’m sure he is fine with the actual money.

  29. crawjo

    April 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I think he has a chance to be a useful major league player. Maybe 30 HRs a year with an OBP in the .320 range. I don’t think he will ever recapture the 2013 and 2015 version of himself.

    On a side note, I think one reason that the Buck Showalter/Dan Duquette era team will never win a pennant is because, from 2013 to 2016, they had MLB’s home run leader, and yet from the group of Davis, Cruz, and Trumbo, they resigned Davis and Trumbo and let Cruz walk.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      They didn’t want to give a four-year deal to a 34-yo guy with leg issues. That was the thinking. Both Trumbo and Davis were several years younger than Cruz at the time of free agency. Obviously, Cruz would have been fine on the fourth year.

  30. Wade Warren

    April 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I think it has to do with his ADD and Major League baseball overruling doctor with Adderall is total bs. With Chris I think it is all a focus deal

    • Dan Connolly

      April 30, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      He now has a TUE to take medication again.

  31. Jbigle1

    April 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    With Seager going down what’s your take on Machado to LA? Sooner rather than later is what I’m thinking. I understand guys don’t get moved until the deadline but this may be that once in 20 years kind of circumstance that makes it happen. They have the prospects and now have the need in a big way.

    • FearSutcliffesBeard

      April 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Verdugo and Mitchell White please. ( I’m sure Walker Buehler is off limits)

    • Dan Connolly

      May 1, 2018 at 12:25 am

      You’re right. Guys don’t usually get moved until July. There is a reason for that. Teams decide what they are by then and some may get a little panicky. I’m sure the Dodgers are putting out feelers but I also imagine Taylor will take the job and they’ll see what happens in the outfield. Overall, looks like a good fit. But I think it’s too early for a blockbuster.

  32. Mr Will

    April 30, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Dan…Advise DD that Corey Seager out for year with Tommy John….keep Manny out of AL and have him go to Dodgers who have the money to keep him in a big market and have strong farm system especially in pitching department. This is a marriage made in the City of Angels (not Anaheim) so DD “Let’s Make A Deal.”
    Mr Will

    • Dan Connolly

      May 1, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Same as above. Good fit. But timing isn’t there yet I’m sure.

  33. hodag1959

    April 30, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Not sure what all the fuss is about? His last 34 ABs he has hit .235. His career avg. is .244. HR hitters like Davis can hit HRs in bunches.

    The problem is he only had 28 ST ABs. Normal is about 80. It wasn’t until prior to these last 34 ABs that he had a normal spring number of ABs.

    If he is truly healthy he should be at career norms from here on out. His power numbers will also increase, but they may never get back to 50+ given his limitations at the plate.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 1, 2018 at 12:27 am

      I can’t imagine he gets to 50 plus. But 25 plus is the bigger question.

  34. Raymo

    April 30, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I’m afraid Chris Davis is following in the footsteps of Glenn Davis, and I don’t think we’ll get any further productivity from him. At least this time we only lost dollars, and we didn’t give up Curt Shilling, Pete Harnish, and Steve Finley for no return.

    How does a situation like this affect the clubhouse? Do other players start to resent him and his big bucks contract? I’m particularly thinking of Manny.

    • ubetonit

      May 1, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Sooner or later, i would think that sympathy turns to resentment … especially IF&when he blocks the path of someone else who can help the team win. The team doesn’t like their daily lives being miserable or objects of ridicule.

      The Orioles scored fewer runs than many NL teams who don’t have the benefit of a DH.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 1, 2018 at 12:28 am

      I’m not sure resent is the right word. But they are quite aware.

  35. Mau

    May 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    It’s tough. He’s only 32. Another poster said just focus on getting on base. That’s a good start. Like a shooter in basketball who is streaky, and in a funk, focus on the short shots or layups. He has power, he’s a big dude, channel that power all around the field. Stop giving in to the shift, and shift himself. Start with a damn bunt or 2, then try to slap the ball the other way multiple times. I like how he makes pitchers work, that does help his teammates also, but get on base any which way you can. He doesn’t have to go to the plate to jack one every time, which is what everyone wants. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS CHRIS! When they shift, you shift.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      It all makes sense, but to change the mindset that has gotten you so much success in the past is easier said than done of course.

  36. Ben1

    May 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Davis has changed in so many ways. I watched him laugh (via TV) in the dugout after a horrible bunt attempt. A competitor would have been embarrassed. He was laughing. I doubt there is any “there” there anymore.
    Big life changes … money, kids, age seem to be taking their toll.

    • Dan Connolly

      May 4, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      You got all that from a laugh? These guys don’t just stop caring.

  37. ubetonit

    May 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

    It would be interesting to see if he could even hit AAA pitching. I am doubtful. It’s sad when the bar has been lowered so much as “well, he didn’t strike out today.”

    • Dan Connolly

      May 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      What would that matter? He’s not going to be facing AAA pitching. He’s in the big leagues. Has to figure out the best consistently.

  38. GSISDANNO

    May 4, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I will admit that I was 100 per cent for signing Chris Davis. That being said, I have never seen a guy lose it so dramatically. One thing in his favor: he has become an outstanding defensive first baseman. I would bat him very low in the lineup to reduce the pressure and see what happens. But, the Orioles problems go far beyond Davis.

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