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Chris Davis joins Bonds, McGwire, Jackson with 35 homers before All-Star break

Jul 12, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

With a second-inning, game-tying, two-run home run off of Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle tonight, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis upped his total to 35 on the season, becoming the fourth player to go into the All-Star break with at least 35 dingers. He joins Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Reggie Jackson on the short list, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The Orioles, by the way, went on to win 8-5.

Miguel Cabrera logged his 95th RBI of the season tonight and moved his average up to .367, both league-leading totals. Davis, however, leads him in home runs 35 to 30 as the Tigers third baseman attempts to go back-to-back with the Triple Crown.

  1. cadillacjosh - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM


    What a season he’s having. I hope he keeps it up after the All Star break. It seems like a lot of great seasons have a decline around then.

    One of my fellow Brewer fans was saying to me today that he wished we had Chris Davis. i’ve been thinking that I wish we had anyone else at first base.

  2. bigharold - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    et tu Bill?

    Lumping Davis in with a couple of known PED cheat, (even though neither McGwire nor Bonds ever actually failed a PED screening), and a flaming egomaniac. To put in the proper McCarthy context;

    “Have you no sense of decency, sir, …”

  3. dirtydrew - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM


  4. yousuxxors - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    for the good of the game, I hope he is clean.

  5. onbucky96 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Hmm, the way this is titled I thought this was about something else.

  6. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    What does it matter if you test him? He’s tested and passed every single test he’s taken to date and yet he’s still accused. He could take a film crew with him to a drug screening, stand over his should while he fills the cup, pass, and still be accused. I feel like the only way people will feel secure anymore is if you have a 24/7 shadow on players.

    It’s a sad world we live in when, regarding PEDs in baseball, you’re guilty until proven innocent. And there’s absolutely no way to prove your innocence.

    • madhatternalice - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      “Haters gonna hate.”

      It’s apparently much easier to falsely (i.e. without proof) condemn somebody rather than praise them for accomplishing something. Let the idiots spew on about steroids: at least we have the pleasure of watching Crush play every night. I’ll take that.

      • ezwriter69 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        History, dude, if you don’t at least wonder then you’re dumb as a post. Hard to give the benefit of the doubt when literally every time we’ve done that in the past, the worst has come to pass. I do HOPE he is clean, I’ve seen nothing so far to suggest he isn’t, testing is far better than it used to be, but we’ve been fooled to many times not to be at least somewhat skeptical. It’s not Brady Anderson level improvement, but still, it’s too dramatic an improvement over his past level of achievement not to have at least some level of doubt.
        Hate has nothing to do with it, NOTHING, it’s about common sense and some shred of intelligence.
        YOU are the one hating, not us.

      • madhatternalice - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Seriously. ez? Do you even read what you write?

        “if you don’t at least wonder then you’re dumb as a post.”

        Never mind the sheer stupidity of your name calling. Let’s talk about history.

        Chris Davis came up through (ultimately) the Texas Rangers system. He was given the nickname “Crush” in 2008 because of his power. How many times have we seen a prospect move to a different team and improve? Hell, look at Jose Bautista, who finally “figured it out” with the Blue Jays at, what, 28? (He was around that age: I don’t remember the exact). Bautista’s been tested time after time after time, and has never had a positive test result. And yes, that sentence is a direct challenge to your ridiculous “Hard to give the benefit of the doubt when literally every time we’ve done that in the past, the worst has come to pass.” straw man argument you made.

        I think it’s beyond asinine to say that any player should be suspected if they are achieving. If you have evidence, great. Go nuts. And if you want to damn him in the court of public opinion, that’s your right. But please, spare me the sanctimonious bullshit and don’t even try and tell me how to think: you’re just embarrassing yourself. Steroids and PEDs have nothing to do with his increased walk rate or his reduced strikeout rate or his increased OBP.

  7. tc4306 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Any slugger putting up big numbers faces the same kind of accusations. A couple of years back, same thing happened with Jose Bautista. It is understandable but unfortunate that these kinds of doubts take away from the enjoyment of the players’ accomplishments.

  8. inthearex - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Test him. A very average player sets a career high with 35 homers before the all star break?? How can we not be suspicious? Before I hear discipline at the plate and yada yada yada.. The dude has struck out 108 times so far this year!!

    • ezwriter69 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      He did have 33 last year, the first year he’s played regularly, in this era, that’s not average. I basically agree with you, but it’s not really fair to say he came from nowhere, this is not a Brady Anderson situation.

      • inthearex - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I agree. Definitely not a case like Anderson. More natural power I suppose cause its been the norm in his career. But its just hard not to be a skeptic. It’s so easy for athletes to keep their blood clean from testing. An average joe lifter can get steroids and cleansers from the local juicer in the gym. Look at Lance Armstrong for all these years. Im just not getting my hopes up for these guys anymore. We’ve been down this road too many times.

  9. paperlions - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Worth noting that the ASG is VERY Late this year, at least a week later than usual. Teams will have played as many as 97 games before the break.

  10. mikes112291 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    He’s clean. Look at him he’s a big guy who’s body hasn’t changed overnight. He where he is due to hard work. Is his improved defensive play due to PED’a

  11. baltimorefan33 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    For my emotional well-being I hope Chris Davis does not have anything illegal in his system. Anyone think he is getting to 60 homeruns?

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