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Chris Davis joined the 40-homer club in style

Aug 2, 2013, 11:25 PM EST

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It was never a matter of if, but when Orioles first baseman Chris Davis would join the 40-homer club. The slugger went into the All-Star break with 37, but came back a bit slow, going homerless in his first ten games after the break. But he homered Tuesday, he homered yesterday, and now he has homered tonight off of Mariners starter Aaron Harang for #40. The ball landed on Eutaw Street, traveling an estimated 442 feet according to MASN.

Davis becomes the fifth Oriole to cross the 40-homer plateau and is the first since Rafael Palmeiro in 1998 to accomplish the feat.

Player Year HR Age Tm Lg G
Rafael Palmeiro 1998 43 33 BAL AL 162
Brady Anderson 1996 50 32 BAL AL 149
Frank Robinson 1966 49 30 BAL AL 155
Jim Gentile 1961 46 27 BAL AL 148
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  1. jpalughi823 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    and to think i drafted this guy in the 12th round of my league…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      ….and then to think you thought that matters.

      • jpalughi823 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        wow, somebody takes themselves too serious. kudos to you

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Meh it just strikes as the same thing as talking about the time you won five bucks in the lottery.

      • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:23 AM

        This one time, I won five bucks in the lottery. And it taught me a valuable lesson: don’t worry about the small things in life, don’t get annoyed by other people’s pointless comments, because hey: I have five bucks, and that can buy a lot of candy.

      • seahawks19081 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        I never understood fantasy sports. Let’s root for a player over your favorite team. Seems kind of silly to me. I suppose that puts me in the minority.

      • dangernearing - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Old ppl suck

  2. mudhead123 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    PED

    • erbaodai - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Trolls gonna troll.

    • DJ MC - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      You’re right. He’s the Orioles’ Perpetual Excitement Deliverer.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Selig’s gonna strike him down with righteous fury.

  3. Sports King of this world - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I hope he’s legal. Sad that I’m saying and thinking this

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Sad indeed. The guy has always had power and this year he’s just absolutely locked in. It happens. Like Bautista, he will probably fall back to Earth in a season or two. But of course that’ll just be because he’s “off the juice.”

      • Sports King of this world - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        I really think is he’s clean. At least I’m hoping so. We need,heros like Chipper Jones etc. who did it the right way

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        LMAO @ Calling Chipper Jones a hero

        Maybe at Hooters

  4. gary2525 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    He only hit 21 HR last year now he is already at 40. He will be sitting right next to A-Rod and Braun. I hope not but its to good to be true.

    • paperlions - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      No.

      He hit 33 HR last year in only 562 PAs. This year he is at 40 through 452 PAs.

    • jpalughi823 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      what school did you go to where 21 & 33 are the same number?

    • theinconvienenttruth - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      After this post maybe you should be suspended

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        There’d be nobody left if they suspended people for asinine comments.

    • pissyellowrags - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      take a look at his minor league stats. He hit 33 last year in the bigs without even playing everyday. his problem has been his defense (which is great this year) and his strikeouts…..never his power. go smoke some more

  5. jjschiller - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Boy, am I the only one wondering if he’s using steroids? I mean, come on, I can’t be alone here, right?

    Seriously, is anybody ever going to get around to asking him that? Gosh.

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s sad that I have to be so gleeful in asking these tough questions. It really says a lot about the state of the game and about my personality, ya know?

    • paperlions - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      People have asked him repeatedly.

      He’s been tested by MLB at least 3 times this year.

      You must not be that curious.

      • jjschiller - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Oh boy, I guess I musta missed that one…

      • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:05 AM

        Sarcasm: a dying art.

      • paperlions - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        When the sarcasm so closely resembles reality, it is difficult to identify.

  6. rockthered1286 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Sweet baby jebus here come the PED heads… Please look at Davis’ K’s last year versus this year. His plate discipline has drastically improved. It’s not that he was a single machine and beefed up in 2013, he has simply become more patient this year. The power is nothing new. The consistent solid plate appearances are. That said I know any player who hits above average will always be a witch hunt victim so by all means, hunt on…

  7. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Wouldn’t waste your time trying to defend Crush from PED accusers with facts. These guys are pinning PED usage without facts…

  8. thebadguyswon - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Do we get to say “told you so” when his positive test is announced?

    • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      A stopped clock is right twice a day. Since steroid accusers are alleging that pretty much everyone who is good must be on PEDs, they are bound to be right once in awhile.

      And because it is impossible to definitively prove that any player did not take steroids, there is no accountability over accusations that were not true. Jose Bautista faced the same claims. Three years later, there has still been no evidence tying him to PEDs. But no one says “Oops, we were wrong. Sorry for dragging your name through the mud.”

      Could Davis be on steroids? Yes. Could Bautista be on steroids? Yes. But baseless accusations accomplish nothing of value. They tarnish players’ reputations, while costing the accusers nothing, even if they are flat-out wrong.

      So, not you don’t get to say “told you so”. But I’m sure you will be.

  9. eightyraw - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Davis hit 36HR in 2007 (24 in A+, 12 in AA). He hit 40HR in 2008 (13 in AA, 10 in AAA, and 17 in MLB). In 2012, Davis hit 24HR in just 210PA while playing for Round Rock. And yet the ignorant question if his power is legitimate.

  10. tsuscrumhalf - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    He put up crazy video game like numbers in the minors. This is his first shot in the majors where it’s been “Chris, it’s your job. Don’t look over your shoulder. You’re our guy” and he’s getting back to his minor league production profile.

  11. 13arod - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Guys all u peor saying he is in peds stop he was always a power hitter and a good power prospect

  12. jiggy3198 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Gary you moron he hit 33 last year you ill informed dimwit not 21. Please know what you are talking about before posting

  13. jadaruler - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    If he’s busted for PEDs I would be shocked. He was hitting 20+ homeruns here in Texas battling below the Mendoza line.
    I know we must be skeptical of everyone now, but he’s always been a power hitter.

    • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      I wouldn’t be shocked if any player tested positive. But that doesn’t mean it’s right to accuse people with no evidence.

  14. mudhead123 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    I was personally kidding and I hope he isn’t doing anything.

  15. 6ball - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    .

    40 homers is 80% of Brady Anderson.

    .

  16. bmoreravens1012013 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    um Gary2525…. get your stats right before you hate. He hit 33 homeruns last year you dope.

  17. capzztalk - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Innocent until proven guilty

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Except for Barry Bonds.

  18. psuravens19 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I’ve always said, if he hit a HR with two hands he would hit the warehouse. He came damn close last night, that ball was crushed.

  19. colv - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    He’s been tested twice. He complained a little but understood that folks would automatically think drugs. He really didn’t play much while not with Baltimore. When traded to O’s he was full time. It’s sad that MLB and the NFL has come down to this type of thinking. That Ryan Braun guy from the Brewers is laughing all the way to the bank with his slap on the hand. He comes back next year with a Hugh payday coming from the fans pockets. Hope Davis is the real deal.

  20. rockthered1286 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Did you see the offensively anemic Flaherty go 3 for 4 with a 2 bagger and a singer last night? Davis must be sharing in the locker room now…

    /facepalm

  21. jayscarpa - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Boog Powell didn’t hit 40 – and Brady Anderson did.

    • deedee2die4 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Boog never played in the Selig* era.

  22. steviep23 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I hope he keeps it up and breaks the HR record (61).

    • sfsugator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Umm you must not have been born before 2001 because the greatest hitter of all time and perhaps the best player of all time Barry Bonds blasted 73 into the bay in 01. nice try.

  23. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Amazing.
    Chris Davis will hit 55 home runs and lose the MVP
    Mike Trout will deserve the MVP and lose
    Miguel Cabrera will win the MVP

    • deedee2die4 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Save the whine for when there’s some cheese.

  24. deedee2die4 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    5th player*

    Only Gentile and Robinson count in my book. The other three can go in the Selig* era book.

  25. sfsugator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    He’s on the juice but that’s ok. For a casual fan like myself, makes it more enjoyable than watching some of these pitchers throw no hitters every other week to half the MLB teams that field single A teams anyways. Baseball is a joke and tarnished.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      The Giants are a joke.

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