There is once again some excitement surrounding the Baltimore Orioles after a couple of acquisitions over the past couple of weeks and fans, experts and players alike are excited to see if Chris Davis can repeat his 2013 performance in 2014.
Davis was an absolute beast in 2013 as he led all of baseball with 53 home runs and 138 RBI, and finished third in the American League MVP voting behind Mike Trout and winner, Miguel Cabrera.
Overall, Davis hit .286 with those 53 homers and 138 RBI, while also adding 42 doubles, one triple, four stolen bases and 72 walks to give him a .370 on base percentage. Davis set career highs in home runs, RBI, doubles, stolen bases, walks, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, hit by pitches, sac flies, intentional walks, and unfortunately strikeouts as well, but hey we can live with the strikeouts considering all of the other career highs he set in the process.
On Tuesday, Davis gave an interview to Orioles personnel and we have provided a link below for you if you would like to listen to the interview, which was given to us via Orioles' releases.
Davis is excited to get things going and mentions that he has been in Sarasota for a week already, which is good to see the slugger so eager to get going as some guys could take their success last year and use it as an excuse to take it easy, but not Crush.
He knows this team has a chance to do some magical things this year:
"With the addition of a couple guys here recently, we're pretty excited about what we can accomplish this year," Davis said in the interview.
Baltimore was an astonishing 29-9 in one run ball games in their surprise playoff run in 2012, but backed that up in 2013 with a 20-31 record in one run games and Davis knows that is something they need to improve on in 2014. He mentioned how important improvement in one run games will be for this team's chances at returning to the postseason.
If you have ever listened to Davis talk, you should know that he has a great sense of humor, and he showed it in this interview as well. In 2012, Davis hit 33 home runs, and followed that up last year with 53. He jokes in the interview by stating if he were to increase his home run output by 20 again this year that everyone would be pretty happy.
If Davis hits 73 home runs, everyone would be ecstatic, especially here in Charm City. Obviously no one expects him to hit 73, and most people do not expect him to repeat his 2013 performance, but if he can hit 40 home runs and drive in over 100 again, Davis will solidify himself as a bonafied superstar in this game.
Baltimore is now in the full swing of things down in Sarasota and will play their first Spring Training game next Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road, before hosting their first game on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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