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Chris Davis has the most homers through 83 games since Barry Bonds

Jul 1, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Chris Davis went deep again last night, giving him 31 homers through the Orioles’ first 83 games. Not only does that put Davis on pace for 61 homers this season, he has the most homers through 83 team games since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez had 35.

Here’s the all-time leaderboard from Baseball-Reference.com:

Barry Bonds       2001     39
Mark McGwire      1998     37
Babe Ruth         1921     35
Luis Gonzalez     2001     35
Jimmie Foxx       1932     34
Babe Ruth         1928     34
Reggie Jackson    1969     34
Roger Maris       1961     33
Ken Griffey Jr.   1998     33
Sammy Sosa        1998     33
Sammy Sosa        1999     32
Ken Griffey Jr.   1994     32
Babe Ruth         1930     32
CHRIS DAVIS       2013     31

Davis also finished last season on a power binge and in his last 89 games he’s hit .335 with 38 homers, 93 RBIs, and a .765 slugging percentage.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Makes me wish I played rotisserie baseball so I could wish I had drafted him this year.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Makes me wish I’d known who he was at the start of the season. I would have drafted him for sure.

    • humpalumpagus - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Makes me wish that I was Chris Davis

  2. darthicarus - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    If this article was written by Craig I think we would have to test for bath salts, but Aaron I’m pretty sure you’re ok. (this of course based off Craig’s recent retweets from the pro-PED crowd that wants Davis to be a juicer)

  3. wonkypenguin - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I always forget that Griffey Jr. was on a tear in 1998, too, before Sosa and McGwire took over. PEDs or not, that was one of my favorite seasons of baseball ever (as a Cubs fan).

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Looking at this list…it is clear that Babe Ruth and Jimmie Fox were juicing.

  5. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    i wish he would break barry bonds homerun record in a season

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I am like a lot of long-time baseball fans who don’t even acknowledge Bond’s juiced up total. The guy was a 30-hr/yr guy before juicing, and is no way a legit record holder no matter what the record book says. Until someone legit breaks Ruth’s 60 in 154 games, to me he is still the legit single season HR king

      • chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        MC Hammer?

  6. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    i wish he would break barry bonds homerun record in a season

  7. riverace19 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Hit an opposite field shot of Kuroda last night with a relaxed controlled swing. It looks like he is up there with a driver. Also has 25 doubles. As a former top prospect wonder what the Rangers are thinking right now??

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      He has been doing that all season long, and it never ceases to impress. His swing just looks so smooth and relaxed and the ball just doesn’t stop going.

  8. chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Come to Camden Yards where you can literally catch a Davis HR while purchasing Boog’s BBQ. Its what Jesus would want.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Mmmmm, BBQ chicken.

  9. thehairychestsportsblog - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Answer to the juice question, the guy plays in Camden Yards, that’s your answer.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Announcers were making that point last night.

    • chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      For what its worth, Chris has hit 16 HRs at home and 15 on the road. Right now, Davis can probably hit it out on Venus.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Well, Venus’ gravity is only 90% as strong as earth’s, so he could theoretically hit the ball further there…but then there’s the little details of no breathable air and a mean surface temperature of 863 degrees Fahrenheit (but, hey, at least it’s a dry heat).

      • chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Ok, Neil Degrasse Tyson. How about Neptune? It’s gravity is apparently 14% more than Earth. Can Chris Davis muscle it out on Neptune?

      • moogro - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Conducting the home run derby in spacesuits (including Chris Berman) is about the only thing that would make it interesting.

      • footballfan01 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        But can he hit it out of Uranus?

      • raysfan1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        Neptune? Uranus? Sounds like a gas, man.

    • erichwagner - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      According to ESPN, his average homer distance is 407 ft. Which is out of the park pretty much everywhere.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Yeah, Camden Yards is a good park for home run hitters, but it’s not as it’s 90’s Coors field or anything.

      Using ESPN Park Factors for home runs only it ranks as the 9th most homer friendly ballpark this year and never higher than 5th since 2009. So yeah, it’s a home run hitters park, but not a *crazy* home run hitters park.

  10. modellforprez - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Look at that company. that is some hall company this dude is a Beast. good for B-more. Bucco oriole world series part 3. Buc’s in 7

  11. hardjudge - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Remember, before he was an Oriole, as a Ranger, in that park he didn’t do so well. As he said toward the end of last season everything finally fell in place. The Rangers are happy for him, but not disappointed they traded him.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      That’s a good one!

  12. tork006 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Barry who? Please be professional and not mention the fake, a.k.a. liar, cheater, B. Bonds again. His name does not belong in the record books because he blew his chance for all time greatness by lying to baseball fans throughout the world. If a writer or reporter uses his name I assume the person is not accurate in their reporting, has not the professional quality writing, and does not keep up with current facts. I do not like that players cheated to gain fame, but more important I do not like being lied to and then subject to their rants and raves of being treated poorly. Delete their names from the books please, they had their chance and they choose to make us look like fools for believing in them.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      His name does not belong in the record books

      Actually, it does. You know, since he hit 762 home runs. Every single one of which counted towards the scores in whichever games he was playing.

      Delete their names from the books please, they had their chance and they choose to make us look like fools for believing in them.

      I’m really hoping you’re not 11 years old. Because envisioning an adult saying the line “they choose to make us look like fools for believing in them” about a bunch of baseball players is hilarious!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      cheater, B. Bonds again.

      Bonds didn’t cheat any more than Aaron, Mays and many others did. Just because his substance might have been more effective doesn’t then make his transgressions, cheating. But don’t let the sport’s medias biases affect you.

  13. decimusprime - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    With only four players (Ruth, Fox, Maris, and Jr.) who weren’t accused of PED use, that list Crush is on becomes even more impressive.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Strangely enough, he’s tied someone who wasn’t on PEDS who is not listed:

      Mark McGwire…in 1987*.

      Through the A’s first 83 games, McGwire hit 31 homers and was batting .295/.384/.691
      He would just “just” 18 more home runs the rest of the season.

      *though possible he was, most people, including Jose Canseco claim that McGwire was *not* on steroids in 1987

      • cohnjusack - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        …oh, and if you click on Gleeman’s list, he’s also tied with:
        Albert Pujols: 2009
        Harmon Killebrew: 1964
        Willie Mays: 1954
        Frank Thomas: 1994

        and, my favorite:
        Roger Maris…*1960*.

        Through the Yankees first 83 games, Maris was hitting 31 HR, 76 RBI, .314/.397/.706. He would hit 8 HR, 36 RBI, .238/.303/.438 the rest of the way.
        Compare that to 1961, when he started his first 83 games with 33 HR, 80 RBI, .282/.388/.648.

        Who would have though Maris started his 1960 season slightly better than his 1961 season?

  14. decimusprime - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    sorry 5…didnt see Reggie. Still, CD is killing it!

  15. gunpowderjones - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Wasn’t the ball juiced in the twenties? Until someone breaks home run bakers 13 dead ball Homers, he is the hr king in my eyes

    • 66orioles - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      That’s right stick with those Maryland boys … Home Run Baker was born in Trappe, Maryland on the Eastern Shore in 1866.

      With a name like gunpowderjones I’m aguessing that you live near the Greater Gunpowder river where I used to swim and fish in the 50’s.

      Go Chris and go Manny who is doing a number on doubles this year and may break a record for total doubles in a year that has stood since Earl Webb hit 67 for the Boston Red Sox in 1931.

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