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Crushing End to 2018 for Chris Davis

October 02, 2018 - 9:50 am

By Austin Medina  

The regular season came to an official end Monday. The Orioles became officially the worst team (by record) in baseball. The orioles failed to eclipse the 50-win mark, falling sort with 47 wins on the season.

To make matters worse, Orioles manager Buck Showalter benched first baseman Chris Davis for the final homestand of the season. The benching ended Davis' season with a .168 batting average. 

Among qualified players Davis produced the worst statistical season, ever!

Davis accumulated just 79 hits this season, good for $267K per hit. He piled up only 16 homeruns, his lowest ever in a season.

In 2016, Baltimore gave Davis a seven-year, $161 million contract which is the richest in O’s history. 2018 proved to be Davis’ third season where he batted sub .200 in a season, the other two occurring in 2010 and 2014 respectively.

Baltimore had its fair share of struggles in their 47-win season. The blame isn’t all on Davis. That said paying a player, who just produced the worst statistical season ever, nearly $92 million over the next four years is troubling.

The Orioles only hope is that Davis can find his old form. In 2015, Davis posted a .262 batting average with 117 RBIs. He crushed 47 homeruns, living up to the nickname Crush Davis.

The O’s have a lot of decisions to make moving forward in their rebuild. The idea of moving Davis is practically a fantasy as it stands. No team will want to pick up his contract or his inconsistent play.