Although his power numbers have improved slightly since a recently mandated layoff, Davis is batting .156 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 99 strikeouts at the midpoint of the season.
Not exactly what the Orioles were expecting when they signed the left-handed hitting first baseman to a guaranteed seven-year, $161 million contract in January 2016.
At the time of the deal, Davis averaged 42 home runs and 109 RBIs over the previous three seasons and was coming off a year in which he hit .262 with 47 homers and 117 RBIs.
Since then, his production has dipped annually. His 2017 numbers – .215, 26 and 61 – were downright prolific compared to this year.
Thus, the jeers from the home fans, who have grown weary of watching the struggles of the highest-paid player on the worst team in the big leagues.
”I understand their frustration,” Davis said. ”I know exactly what I’m capable of and what I’ve done in the past. I know that the standard is high and I haven’t been playing that well. But I have to move forward and continue to try to find a way to still have an impact on this season.”
It’s probably too late for his bat to make a difference. His most significant influence on the team, unfortunately, is that his sizable contract makes it that much more difficult for Baltimore to pay big bucks to several of its pending free agents, most notably Manny Machado.
The Orioles and Davis appear destined to be together through the 2022 season http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap , so both sides must make the best of it. That’s why Davis was given an eight-game hiatus in June to get his swing down and his head right. Up to that point, he had tried just about everything else.
”For me, it was exhausting,” Davis said. ”My solution to a lot of my problems in baseball has always been to work. I felt as long as I was working, as long as I was trying, that I would figure it out. This is the first time in my career when I was kind of at a point where I didn’t know what else to do.”
So he went to the sideline, working with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, a left-handed batter who hit 50 homers for the Orioles in 1996.
Upon his return, on June 26 in Atlanta, Davis homered and drove in two runs. Over the past 10 games, he’s hitting .158 with two doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and 13 strikeouts.
”His run production is a lot better Jachai Polite Jersey , his at-bats have been better,” manager Buck Showalter insisted. ”They may say comparatively speaking, but if Chris continues at this rate, if you put it over 160 games it’s pretty good.”
Davis has tried just about everything else in an effort to get back into the groove, with the breakaway from the game coming as a last resort.
”I appreciate them giving me the chance to step back, gather myself and regroup,” he said.
Showalter and the organization can only hope for positive, lasting results.
”Chris has been a good friend of mine,” the manager said. ”He’s got a lot of support from the coaches and his teammates.”
The Latest from Super Bowl media night (all times local):
10:30 p.m. CT
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie spent Monday at the movies to get away from his own ”intensity.”
The team arrived in Minnesota for the Super Bowl on Sunday. With no media requirements until Monday night, Lurie went to see the film ”Molly’s Game.”
The film depicts the true story of former freestyle mogul skier Molly Bloom, who never got to the Olympics, in part because of injury. Her brother, receiver Jeremy Bloom Chuma Edoga Jersey , was a star at Colorado who was drafted in 2006 by – yep – the Eagles. He never played in the regular season.
”I am very intense,” Lurie described himself. ”So to relax, I spent the afternoon at the movies. `Molly’s Game’ was a bit ironic.”
9:15 p.m. CT
Tom Brady is not looking to have the radio host who called his daughter ”an annoying little pissant” to lose his job.
The New England quarterback said early Monday he’s reconsidering whether to continue a long-running weekly radio appearance with the station. Hours later at the Super Bowl media night, Brady said he hopes WEEI host Alex Reimer doesn’t get fired.
Reimer made the remarks about Brady’s 5-year-old daughter after watching the first episode of a Brady documentary called ”Tom vs. Time” that is airing on Facebook. Reimer’s show aired Thursday, four days before Brady’s weekly morning segment with different hosts.
The station said Reimer has been suspended indefinitely. Brady cut his appearance short Monday morning.
At media night, Brady said he ”never stayed away from criticism.” He said he didn’t think ”my children or anybody else’s children deserve to be in that.”
8:20 p.m. CT
Robert Kraft recognizes how few fans his New England Patriots have outside of their region. He stops short of calling the negativity ”hatred.”
The Patriots owner said Monday night the booing of his team at the Grammy’s the previous night in New York is ”sort of a compliment, the Boston-New York thing. I’d rather be on the winning end. Remember for 34 years I used to sit in the stands and feel it from the other way.”
Kraft has been to nine Super Bowls as owner, losing his first appearance in 1997 against Green Bay. He believes the disdain for his team is actually rooted in respect for the Patriots.
”Once we went to the Super Bowl (the first time), a lot of people who had been kind and gracious changed,” he said. ”I think everyone loves a doormat in this league.”
Kraft said he thinks ”it’s good” for the NFL to have a dominant team, ”but there are 31 other cities that don’t agree.”