Orioles' Chris Davis sets record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Chris Davis sets record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit

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BALTIMORE—Chris Davis has a record he doesn’t want. When he flied out to left field in the fifth inning on Monday night against the Oakland Athletics, he set a major league mark for position players with 47 consecutive at-bats without a hit.

Davis, who is 0-for-24 this season, was hitless in his final 23 at-bats in 2018. On Monday night he passed Eugenio Velez, who had 46 hitless at-bats with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011.

Davis received a warm welcome when he came to the plate for his first at-bat in the second inning. When he flied sharply to right, he trotted back to the bench to more applause from the announced crowd of 6,585.

In the third, Davis was greeted with even louder applause when he came up with runners on first and second and one out. On an 0-2 count, he popped a foul to short right field, and Oakland second baseman Jurickson Profar dropped it for an error.

Given a reprieve, Davis lined to left but still heard some applause when he tied the record.

In the fifth, he heard even more applause before his historic at-bat. When he sat after setting the dubious record, he heard a smattering of cheers.

Despite his streak, manager Brandon Hyde said Davis insisted on playing.

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“I talked to Chris after the game yesterday, and he really wanted to play today.”

Hyde had little knowledge of Davis before taking the job.

“I went into it not knowing what to expect,” Hyde said. “I was hoping he’d get off to a good start. I was hoping that we’d have a good relationship and that he’d play well early and hit, and he got off to a slow start. That’s the nature of the game. It’s the nature of this, and so that’s why it’s talked about a lot.”

Davis received loud boos on Opening Day when he struck out three times, but over the weekend was jeered only when he struck out in his final two at-bats on Sunday.

Hyde’s previous experience was as a coach for the Chicago Cubs, who play before one of the most outspoken crowds in all of baseball at Wrigley Field.

“I came from Chicago, unbelievable fan base and really passionate about the team and the players and what’s going on on a daily basis like this fan base,” Hyde said.

“That’s what you want. You want a fan base that cares and fans are welcome to handle situations the way they want to and, unfortunately, it’s hard to listen to, and it’s hard to hear for me, but I haven’t been here in the past, either, so this is pretty fresh for me. I know how some fans in Chicago handled some of our players that were going through tough times, so I’ve been aware and around that kind of stuff before.

“I’m pulling for him. I’m trying to put him in a position to have success. I talk to him a lot. He’s upfront with it, and we talked a lot about that and talked a lot about other situations as well. I don’t want to hide anything. I don’t want to mask his struggles and what he went through last year so we’re taking this thing head on, and I appreciate that from him, too, that he’s open about things with me.

“I think anytime your player struggles, it’s not easy to watch. I want to see him have success. I want to see all our guys have success. You do your best as a coach to try to put guys in the right situation, to help out mentally, physically, whatever you can. When you see guys struggle, it’s hard.

“One thing about Chris is, that inside our clubhouse, he’s taking this thing head on. He is making every effort to ride this ship of tough times and try to take good [at-bats] every day, and it just hasn’t happened. You pull for him, but this is a results business, and I understand how the fans feel. I want to see him do well soon.”

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. BirdsCaps

    April 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Now the question is how many more ABs does he add to the streak and will it be declared unreachable like Cal’s 2632? It really is great to watch this record breaking ball club (worst season in team history in ’18 and Davis’s new record). With all of the sarcasm aside, the team looks really good so far tonight and have been consistently inconsistent so far this season.

    • Jbigle1

      April 9, 2019 at 2:06 am

      Inconsistency is going to be the norm for this young ball club. Guys are trying to find their footing. Exciting to see Mullins and Martin hit the ball tonight. Hopefully that can propel them moving forward.

  2. Bhoffman1

    April 8, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    How much longer can this go on for.

    • BirdsCaps

      April 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      Maybe infinity or until 2022?

  3. Jbigle1

    April 9, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Davis actually looked happy to be on the baseball field tonight. I don’t know why that was but you could see him grinning and looking like he was actually not miserable. That ball he sliced into left field was hit pretty well. That’s all extremely sad to have to say to try and pull a positive but perhaps that first hit is coming. Despite the nightmare he is at the dish his 1B defense continues to be superb. I really want the guy to not be terrible. Kinda like I want mike wright to be able to put his stuff together but I don’t expect to see either one. We have to pull the plug when trumbo comes back if this continues though. You can’t carry a glove only 1B. And In davis’ case it truly is a glove only.

    • BirdsCaps

      April 9, 2019 at 2:31 am

      I noticed the same thing. I guess Davis is just trying to keep his head up (wonder if Rich has any inside info). I hope you are correct that Davis’s days are numbered (barring a miraculous and expedient comeback). I wish him well but it is painful to watch.

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 9, 2019 at 9:33 am

      BirdsCaps, it was a nice night, and his teammates were playing well. That’s the extent of my “inside info.”

  4. Le Merlu

    April 9, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Sometimes I think he’s doing it on purpose. Never a contact hitter, but he did connect the ball out of the park aplenty. I just can’t believe he stinks more than Pujols does. And Al is, like, 93 tomorrow.

    • Bhoffman1

      April 9, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Puljols is Mike Trout compared to Davis

  5. Borg

    April 9, 2019 at 6:06 am

    The Orioles should run a lottery with the money going to charity-pick the at bat when Davis gets his first hit, and a bonus if you guess which kind (single, double, etc.) His last AB was classic Davis–take two strikes right down the center of the plate and swing wildly at a pitch in the dirt and outside. All he is doing right now is slowing down the development of one of the young right fielders at Norfolk or Bowie. Mancini should be the full-time first baseman (and if they wait too much longer HIS development at first is going to be held up as well) and Davis can become the most expensive late-inning defensive replacement in the history of baseball. At least that would give him yet another record. Seriously, this isn’t even interesting any longer; are the Orioles really serious about getting better or is it all lip service. Because if they are serious about getting better, there is no argument, NONE, that would include putting Davis in the lineup ever, much less every night. And please, can we stop with the “Chris is great in the clubhouse, he’s really holding his head up, he’s a great teammate, etc, etc, etc.” He ain’t getting paid millions for that, is he?

    • Bhoffman1

      April 9, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Perfect Borg. He’s making about 40 grand for every out. No wonder he is smiling. Hyde saying he helped us win the game last night was hilarious. Davis is like a punch drunk fighter who has taken too many punches to the head but still doesn’t know it’s time to quit.

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