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Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Position(s):
CF, LF, OF, RF, DH, 1B
Born:
May 29, 1962
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
165 lbs
Major League Debut:
5-19-1984 with CIN
Allstar Selections:
1987 GG, 1987 SS, 1988 GG, 1989 GG, 1989 SS, 1997 HA, 1997 RC

Intro

A remarkably gifted player, Eric Davis combined speed and power to steal 349 bases and slug 282 homers in a 17-year career that was riddled with injuries. he was the first player to steal 80 bases in one season and also hit as many as 30 homers in another. In the 1990 World Series, he launched a homer in the first inning of Game One to set the stage for the Reds unlikely sweep of the heavily-favored A's. After missing an entire season due to injury, Davis returned, was diagnosed with cancer, battled back to return again, and won the Roberto Clemente Award for his work off the field educating the public about the disease. A three-time Gold Glove winner, Davis was usually the best player on every team for which he played, but injuries robbed him of a Hall of Fame career. Regardless, his impact on the game was indelible, and his monstrous homers, torrid hot streaks, and countless clutch hits endeared him to his fans.

Unform Number

#44 (1984-1991, 1996), #33 (1992-1994), #24 (1997-2000), #22 (2001)

Quotes About

"If you can't get inspired by Eric Davis and what he's been through, something's wrong." — teammate Shawon Dunston

Quotes From

"I lost a lot of numbers. But that was just the luck of the draw. I feel very fortunate to have ever had the chance to play Major League Baseball. Everything else was icing on the cake."

Replaced By

Davis wasn't so much replaced, as he was forced from the lineup due to injury.

Best Season

Limited to 129 games due to injury, 25-year old Davis still scored 120 runs, slugged 37 homers, and swiped 50 bases (he was caught just six times). He hit .293 with a .593 SLG mark, and an OBP just below .400. He finished ninth in NL Most Valuable Player voting, which was a joke. He was the best player in the league, but Andre Dawson, who played for a last-place team, won the honor... Davis hit .364 with seven homers and 16 RBI in 20 games in April, and got even hotter in May, slugging .841 with 12 homers and an incredible 36 RBI in 22 games in May. He also swiped 20 bases in 22 attempts over the first two months.

Factoid 1

Slugger Eric davis was 1-for-21 against flamethrower Nolan Ryan. Ryan fanned Davis 15 times! The one hit for Davis was a home run.

Factoid 2

In May of 1987, Eric Davis set a National League record when he slugged three grand slams in one month.

Transition

June 3, 1980: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 8th round of the 1980 amateur draft. November 27, 1991: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Kip Gross to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Tim Belcher and John Wetteland. November 3, 1992: Granted Free Agency. December 1, 1992: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers. August 31, 1993: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later. The Detroit Tigers sent John DeSilva (September 7, 1993) to the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete the trade. October 28, 1993: Granted Free Agency. November 1, 1993: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. October 20, 1994: Granted Free Agency. January 2, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Cincinnati Reds. October 28, 1996: Granted Free Agency. December 19, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. October 27, 1998: Granted Free Agency. November 19, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. November 2, 2000: Granted Free Agency. January 11, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants. November 6, 2001: Granted Free Agency.

Strengths

Quick bat.

Weaknesses

No glaring weaknesses.

Feats

Davis was a fantastic basestealer. Twice, he strung together long streaks of success on the basepaths. From April 12 to September 5, 1988, he swiped 33 bases without being caught. Starting on May 8, 1992, running through May 31, 1993, he stoled 34 consecutive bases without being caught... Davis hit for the cycle on June 2, 1989, driving in six runs against the Padres at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

Notes

Over a five-game stretch from May 4-8, in 1996, Davis drove in 16 runs and hit four homers... Davis punished RHP and LHP fairly equally. He had a career .505 SLG percentage off southpaws, and .476 against RHP. His home and road splits are almost identical: .269/.482 in his home parks, and .268/.483 on the road... A notoriously streaky hitter, Davis hit .370 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 17 games for the Reds in May of 1996.

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