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Baltimore Orioles Slugger Chris Davis Announces His Retirement

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Longtime Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is leaving the game. He announced on Thursday that he is retiring from Major League Baseball.

Davis had one more year left on his contract, a 7-year, $161 million deal, the largest in Orioles history at that point.

The final year of his deal was set to pay him $17 million in 2022. His last game played for Baltimore came back on September 11th, 2020.

Davis’ MLB career started with the Texas Rangers, where he spent four seasons from 2008 to 2011. His best year in Texas saw him hit .285 in 2008 with 17 homers and 55 runs batted in.

His biggest season in the pros came in 2013, when with the Orioles he slammed a league high 53 homers with a league high 138 runs batted in.

Davis’ only All-Star appearance came during that 2013 season with the Orioles.

The former Ranger and now Oriole was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 50th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft from Longview High School in Texas.

He went on to get drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 35th round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft from Navarro College and the Rangers in the 5th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft also from Navarro College (Corsicana, TX) before finally catching on to the Rangers roster.

Last season in the shortened COVID-19 season, Davis played in just 16 games. He didn’t hit a homer or drive in a run.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. I always thought he should have gone to a lighter bat. He swung a 35 inch 33 ounce bat, which only a couple of other major league players do. That’s a freaking log if you don’t know. Hard to be quick with a bat like that. He needed to see the ball longer, because he was swinging at and through everything at the end. You simply can’t do that when you have to get a boat paddle through the hitting zone to catch up with 95 mph heat. It must’ve been some sort of stubborn pride thing with him, I don’t know. His bat got too slow and his swing too long to catch up with fastball’s.

  2. May go down as the worst contract in MLB history. I’m sure the “shift” becoming more and more prominent played a role in his declining numbers but it’s hard not notice how quickly his numbers nosedived as soon as he got his big payday

    That and you would always see Davis easily walk back to the dugout, with little to no emotion, after routinely going 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. O’s fans spent the last 2 seasons booing him after every at bat.

    Lastly, I lost a lot of respect for him when he attacked his manager for taking him out of a ballgame while he average was in the mid 100’s. Why he thought he was entitled to largely contribute towards the orioles loosing just because he had a large salary is beyond me.

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