Chris Davis Ties Record for Most Homers by AL Player Before All-Star Break
With home run No. 37 on Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays, Davis tied Reggie Jackson's American League record for home runs hit prior to the All-Star break.
Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina had the tweet as Davis joined Mr. October on one of baseball's most exclusive lists:
Chris Davis' 37 homers tie Reggie Jackson's AL record for most HRs at the break, set in 1969. #Orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) July 14, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info noted that only one man has had a better power surge in the first half of an MLB season:
Chris Davis: 37 HR ... tied for 2nd-most before All-Star Break in MLB history. Only player with more-- Barry Bonds (39 in 2001)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2013
Stats & Info also expanded on the historic nature of Davis' surge.
Chris Davis joins Miguel Cabrera as the only players in MLB history to have 30 home runs and 90 RBI before the All-Star break.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 14, 2013
Davis hit his 37th dinger off Blue Jays ace Josh Johnson in the third inning on Sunday to give the Orioles a 6-0 lead against Toronto. The deep strike is Davis' sixth home run in just 13 games so far in July.
Davis would finish Sunday's game with two hits and four RBI to add to his yearly total, hitting a double in the first inning off Johnson to knock in the game's second and third runs.
As you can see from this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info, his home run spray chart shows he can hit it out anywhere in the park:
Baltimore would go on to beat Toronto, 7-4, and Davis would leave Camden Yards with season totals of 93 RBI, 70 runs and a .315 batting average to pair with his 37 home runs. He also leads MLB in slugging percentage (.714) and is second to only Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera in OPS (1.109).
Davis was traded to the Orioles along with Tommy Hunter in the middle of the 2011 season. He struggled to carve out a role for himself with the Texas Rangers and was flipped to the Orioles as the Rangers acquired reliever Koji Uehara for their postseason run.
How many home runs will Davis finish the season with?
The 27-year-old quietly had a nice season for himself in 2012 with 33 home runs and 85 RBI during his first season in Baltimore, but I don't think anyone in baseball expected the record-setting performance he's had just a little over halfway through the 2013 season.
For a point of reference, Davis had 42 home runs in four seasons (266 games) in Texas. He's just five home runs shy of that mark in 95 games with the Orioles this year.
Davis will be starting for the American League at first base during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field, and he will also likely be a hot-button name for the AL MVP award if he continues to drive the ball out of the ballpark while Baltimore stays relevant in the AL East.
You can next see baseball's hottest home run hitter on Monday night in the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby.
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