Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis announces retirement

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis announced his retirement

BALTIMORE – Slugger Chris Davis announced his retirement on Thursday, ending a career in which he became one of baseball’s most prodigious home hitters before his production slumped due to injury issues during his past seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis, 35, was set to miss the entire 2021 season after surgery in May to repair the labrum on his left hip.

“After a long period of treatment for my injury and recent hip surgery, I have informed the Orioles of my decision to retire effective today,” Davis said in a statement released by the ‘team. “I want to thank the Orioles Partnership Group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches.”

Next year was the final season of Davis’ seven-year, $ 161 million contract.

Davis led the majors with 53 homers in 2013 and 47 in 2015. He ends his career with 295 homers in 13 seasons with the Orioles and Texas Rangers.

A powerful 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter, Davis has been a crucial part of Baltimore’s best run since the 1990s. He helped the Orioles reach the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016, although he didn’t not made the playoffs in 2014, when the team reached the AL championship series.

Davis was suspended for 25 games at the end of that 2014 season for testing positive for Adderall, a banned amphetamine. He later said he was previously diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and was granted a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall, but he did not have the exemption in 2014. .

Davis’ free moves could lead to high home run and strikeout totals and low batting averages. He hit .196 with 26 homers in 2014 and .221 with 38 homers and 219 strikeouts at the top of the major leagues in 2016 – the first year of his big contract.

After that, his numbers plummeted, as did the team’s fortunes. He reached 0.168 in 2018 and went 0 for 54 in 2019. Davis only hit 115 of 55 at-bat last year and was twice on the injured list with knee issues.

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