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Chris Davis joins the 50-homer club

Sep 13, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first Major Leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a single season since Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Davis drove a Steve Delabar 2-2 change-up to left-center for his milestone home run, putting the Orioles ahead 4-3.

Davis moves into a tie with Brady Anderson for the Orioles single-season team record. Davis will have 15 more games to become the sole leader.

The list of players to hit 50-plus since 2005:

Player Year HR Age Tm Lg
Jose Bautista 2010 54 29 TOR AL
Prince Fielder 2007 50 23 MIL NL
Alex Rodriguez 2007 54 31 NYY AL
Ryan Howard 2006 58 26 PHI NL
David Ortiz 2006 54 30 BOS AL
Andruw Jones 2005 51 28 ATL NL
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Generated 9/13/2013.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    1) Congratulations to Davis!

    2) What the heck were Arencibia and Delabar thinking? They know that his weakness is high and inside, yet the pitch was low and outside, right here he likes it.

    • cur68 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      They seem to exist to crush my heart, PC. Another loss. Oy.

    • tc4306 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      Was in the house for this one.
      Wrong team but nice moment to remember.

      You’re surprised that JPA is clueless?

      If the O’s make the playoffs, doesn’t Davis
      have to be a strong candidate for MVP?

      The stat heads have a bias against RBI’s
      so they love Trout. Grear player, but he is one of three
      contenders and his team is nowhere.

      No argument with Miggy, but Davis has
      to be right there with him.

  2. elwaysagenius - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    How many of these HRs have come against Toronto, it seems like every game these teams play he belts one

    • albertmn - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Funny, you were on the internet, so it seems you could have found out quickly enough on your own. Let’s see… One minute to find out he has 7 against the Blue Jays (tied with Yankees for the team he has hit the most against this year).

  3. psuravens19 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Congrats Crush! Pretty cool he is 3rd all time with 50/40.

  4. yahmule - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Good for Davis. He took a roundabout path to stardom, but he never gave up.

  5. miketreedy - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Trading Chris Davis is really haunting the Rangers. They sure could have used his bat this season.

  6. Carl Hancock - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Hard to believe Ryan Howard’s monster home run year was that long ago now. Time flies. Also didn’t realize Prince Fielder was so young when he hit 50. These stats just make me feel old now LOL.

  7. succulentnipples - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    LOL… You homo.

    • hammyofdoom - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Uh… egg-squeeze me? A baking powder? What the hell are you talking about?

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Fun story here. Apparently there were a bunch of Orioles fans near where the ball landed. So they paid the guys who caught the ball $100 for the ball. They then gave it to Chris Davis after the game.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    https://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/808517029.gif?1379126533

    Bonus. All 50 home runs in gif form. Enjoy.

  10. coryfor3 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Why is the app only giving me like 2 new stories per day now?

  11. tontoepstein - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Who in their right mind doesn’t think Davis is up to some funny business, the same way that just about every single player named above was and is up to some funny business. The only guy listed above that we can be reasonably sure didn’t spend most of his waking hours injecting himself was Babe Ruth, and that’s only because he was too busy eating, drinking, smoking and injecting hookers.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:02 AM

      Because he’s always had the raw power? Unless you know of some magic steroid that allows you to see the ball better, GTFO.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Kevin is absolutely correct. When he was with Texas, Davis showed the power; however he struck out too much. The power was always there and now he has vastly improved his approach at the plate. He is completely legit.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Also only 2/6 people have been busted for PEDs, so the “majority” have been clean.

  12. scoobies05 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    congrats to the deputy on your incredible season. and to those who discount the rbi, isnt the idea to score? doesnt someone have to drive them in? i understand the concept of not having a lot of rbi not making you bad…if no one is on when you are up, what can you do? but if you do take advantage of the situation and get hits with runners on, isnt that your job? as far as mike trout, there is no doubt he is an incredible player. but in 2 seasons the angels have been awful. how are you the most valueable player when your team isnt even in the playoffs. last year miggy and this year miggy and davis put up amazing numbers and are on playoff contenders. and finally, tonto…if you believe everyone is juicing, then stop watching and stop bitching

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      ast year miggy and this year miggy and davis put up amazing numbers and are on playoff contenders.

      Last year’s Angels team had more wins than the Tigers did. Why is it Trout’s fault that he plays in a tougher division?

      and to those who discount the rbi, isnt the idea to score?

      Yes the idea is to score runs. But why does the guy who hit the ball get full credit when someone else had to get on base? That’s the issue with RBIs. They give the hitter full credit for what someone else did (runs are the same way, but in reverse. the guy didn’t score on his own, yet he gets full credit for it).

  13. nygdriveforfive - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Congrats to Davis. Not that it really matters, but Delabar got Davis to go around on the pitch before which should have been strike 3.

  14. scoobies05 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    thats like saying a qb shouldnt get credit for a td…all he did was throw it. the receiver crossed the goal line. one person scores a run…another person drives him in. they both get credit. without another person hitting the ball he wouldnt score unless he stole home.

  15. scoobies05 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    and its not trouts fault he plays in a tougher division…but he plays in a tougher division. why should cabrera be penalized for playing in a weaker division that his team won

  16. peddealer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Crush,

    I assume you got this weeks package in the mail with the results you have been having!
    Call if you need anything new!

    A.Bosch

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