Chris Davis is having a monster year as one of the best hitters in baseball.
Yes, that Chris Davis. The same guy who rode a rollercoaster of highs and lows during his MLB start. The same guy who hit home runs in his first two MLB starts as a Texas Ranger and earned the nickname “Crush Davis.” And also the same guy who struck out at a historic pace. Chris bounced between the major and minor league levels his entire career with the Texas Rangers. He struggled to find consistency hitting the ball and became a “boom or bust” batter, meaning it was either a homerun or a strikeout each at bat.
Texas traded Chris to Baltimore as part of a multi-player deal midway through the 2011 season. It looks like the change in scenery has created the monster fans always saw glimpses of in Texas. “Crush Davis” hit 33 homeruns for the Orioles in 2012 and led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. But last year has nothing on the tear this young man has been on this season.
Through 78 games, Chris is crushing American League pitchers. He leads the MLB in home runs (28), total bases (202), slugging percentages (.709), and is second in runs batted in (73). He became the first player in league history to have 16 RBI through the season’s first four games and also became the fourth player in MLB history to hit a home run in the season’s first four games. This start has led Business Insider writer Cork Gaines to question if Chris can reach the single-season home run record of 73 set by Barry Bonds in 2001.
It would have been very easy for Chris to get frustrated with the constant transition during his time in Texas and just given up on the sport or quit working so hard. He had to be frustrated that every time he made one step forward, he took two steps backward. But, like a true competitor, Chris continued to battle. He honed his craft, learned the nuances of the game, and made the choice that no matter what level he was at, he would compete every day.
Can you relate? Do you feel like you keep spinning your wheels, unable to get any traction? Do you think your opportunity to succeed will never come? Chris Davis’ rise to “Crush Davis” this season is a blueprint for those who choose to compete every day.