Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis reacts after he lined out during the third inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Orioles $23-million-per-year slugger Chris Davis’ futility at the plate has reached a historic point as he set the mark for the longest hitless streak by a position player in Monday’s win over the Oakland Athletics.
Davis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, extending the streak to 49 consecutive at-bats without a hit. He hasn’t had a hit since recording a double against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Eugenio Velez was scrubbed from the record books by Davis. Velez he went 47 straight at-bats without a hit from 2010-2011.
Davis’ poor start is especially abysmal considering the amount of money the Orioles owe him. The first baseman, who led the league in home runs in 2013 with 53 and in 2015 with 47, signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with the team prior to the start of the 2017 season.
Since that signing, he’s hitting .185 with 42 home runs with 402 strikeouts. The Orioles still owe him $92 million through the 2022 season. He turns 34 next March.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde appeared to be encouraged by some of Davis’ at-bats.
“He hit three balls on the nose,” Hyde said. “So I’m taking that as a positive moving forward. Hopefully, it’s a good start.”
Hyde, who is in his first season with the Orioles, added that he admired Davis for what he’s going through.
Though it is early in the season, there is a small glimmer of hope for Baltimore. The team is 5-5 to start the season and are tied for second place in the American League East.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.