Chris Davis Retires

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On Thursday morning, the Baltimore Orioles announced that first baseman Chris Davis had told the team that he has decided to retire after spending most of the 2021 season on the Injured List as he continues to recover from arthroscopic hip surgery. The Orioles posted a statement from Davis:

“After an extended time dealing with my injury and recent hip surgery, I informed the Orioles about my decision to retire effective today. I want to thank the Orioles partnership group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches, The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, with whom I will continue to be involved following my retirement and, of course, Birdland. Thank you all for the many memories I will cherish forever.”

Chris Davis By The Numbers

Given the nickname “Crush,” Davis was drafted in the fifth round in 2006 by the Texas Rangers. Having quickly made his way through the Rangers farm system, Davis was called up in June of 2008 and immediately impacted the Rangers. In his first 80-games, Davis batted .285, with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs.

In 2011, the Rangers traded Davis to the Orioles to relief pitcher Koji Uehara. The Rangers, at the time, were the defending AL Champions looking to get back to the World Series for the second year in a row. Well, the Rangers managed to get back to the fall classic, but looking back at the trade, the Orioles were the real winners as Uehara would struggle during that postseason.

In the 2012 season, Davis would begin to “Crush” the ball as he belted 33 home runs that season only to surpass that number in 2013 when he belted a carer high 53 home runs. Davis would appear in his only All-Star appearance and would also finish third in the AL MVP voting that season.

Davis would have another power season in 2015 when he belted 47 home runs, which would be enough to lead the league that season. That offseason, the Orioles signed Davis to a seven-year deal, a $161 million dollar contract, which would be the largest in team history.

Although Davis has officially entered retirement, the Orioles plan to pay the remaining $17 million dollars still remaining on his contract over the next few years. Davis was set to become a free agent after the 2022 season. The Orioles plan to do some sort of restructuring, but terms of the deal are still pending. Davis ends his 13-year career with a .233 batting average, 295 home runs, and 780 RBIs.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.