The Baltimore Orioles have a roster filled with young players who have proven to be better than expected in 2020. They’ve also got Chris Davis.
Sadly, the Baltimore Orioles have held up several of those young prospects because of Chris Davis.
And, according to the team, their most veteran of players is done for the season, and possibly forever.
Chris Davis‘s 2020 season is done. The veteran landed on the IL back in August, and according to the team, that’s where he’s staying. He returned for a handful of at-bats, but did not find any success.
“He’s not going to be back with us.”
This is perfectly ok. Of course, Davis is owed a significant amount of money that he will get no matter what. He has become the poster child for the problems with the guaranteed salaries. But, that’s not Davis’s fault. The Orioles gave him the salary, and they will pay him the salary.
Davis’s descent into the worst batting stats in the League isn’t for lack of trying. He worked with coaches and stayed fit. But, nothing seemed to work.
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By letting Davis go home, the Orioles have opened a spot for a younger player who can produce for the team. Fans are ready for this. The Orioles have the players waiting, they just need the spots to open. After the final game of the Rays series this afternoon, the Orioles only have six games left in the regular season: three against the Red Sox and three against the Blue Jays.
The big question for Orioles fans is whether or not Davis will be back. Most likely not. He hasn’t batted above .200 since 2017, when his season batting average was .215.
While he’s never been a high on-base guy, he hasn’t had any sort of power number since 2017 either. The Orioles signed him because he hit a ton of home runs. In 2020, he didn’t record any. In 2018 and 2019 combined, he recorded 26 home runs, which is less than the total he had in 2017.
Davis’s history includes AL-leading home run numbers, but that quickly turned into AL-leading strikeout numbers. The dichotomy of Davis’s up and way down career was sad to watch. Knowing that he may never get an at-bat in an MLB uniform is sad, but understandable.