Chris Davis is Having an Amazing Spring and Everyone Should Be Rooting for Him

Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis is looking like his old self.
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis is looking like his old self. | Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a $161 million deal in 2016 and since then he has been one of the worst players in the game. Davis slashed .179/.276/.326 with 12 home runs and 139 strikeouts last season. That was only in 105 games. He has eclipsed the 200-strikeout mark twice in his Orioles career.

After his well-documented struggles in 2019, Davis admitted he considered retiring from baseball.

Fortunately he decided to come back for one more go around, and in a pleasant turn of events he is looking like a decent player thus far into Spring Training. He has a 1.883 OPS to start camp and even has three home runs.

This is obviously a small sample size against sometimes less competition, but it is hard not to root for Davis to make a comeback. Remember, this is a guy who led the big leagues in homers in two separate seasons and was a 2013 All-Star. His fall from grace was steep and quick, yet it looks like he could rebound in 2020, and that's something baseball fans should absolutely be rooting for.

Someone in such a bad multi-year slump may just need one good month of baseball to get back to basics. Davis was a 5.3 WAR player in 2015. In 2019 he was a disastrous -1.0. Three home runs in 13 spring at-bats could be a good omen for the man who has been such a disappointment for the past four years.