Re: CHRIS DAVis:
posted at 7/10/2013 6:47 AM EDT
In response to nhsteven's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to CommyContrarianOnTwitter's comment:
i agree, class act. maris deserves it. sosa was a fraud, mcgwire was a fraud, bonds was the ultimate fraud! court of pub opinion should demand thats one rec that should b stricken. davis should b awarded and allauded if he hits 62!
In defense of Davis amid the whispers of ped use Maris never came close to hitting 61 in the seasons before or after 1961.
Of course it helped batting 3rd in the order ahead of Mickey Mantle batting clean-up. And Mantle hit 54 despite numerous injuries and missed games during the 61 season.
Hard to predict how many Davis will hit. I really hope he is clean.
And in my book Maris and Hank are the true HR kings.
Maris had 39 the yr before, good for 2nd in the league to Mickey, including garnering his 1st MVP; Mickey was a close 2nd; Maris also nursed an injury for 7 weeks that sapped him of his power; before that, he was even on a more torrid pace than in '61, and some speculated on the record that yr.
And Chris Davis had 33 last season which makes his career more comparable to Maris. And we don't know how Davis will fare down the stretch, still another half. I have no idea if Davis is on juice or not but I do see some similarities with Maris in 61.
Davis has never failed a drug test, but I would point out that neither did Bonds or Lance Armstrong.
This is the era we find ourselves in when a player puts up good numbers there will be doubt because of all the cheats who have basically ruined the game for all of the good guys and for all of us.
As far as the summer of 1961 before Mantle was injured the lead kept alternating back and forth between the two players, I would listen riveted to those games every night laying in bed listening to my transistor radio.
I don't remember Maris going through any major injuries in 1961 other than dealing with stress his hair failing out in clumps but Mantle struggled mid to late season season with different debillitating leg ailments sitting out stretchs of games relinquishing the homerun lead to Maris never to regain it.
Mantle had 54 homeruns 514 ABs in 1961, Maris had 61 with 590 ABs.
That's quite a difference and advantage for Maris. 76 ABs would almost be about 18-19 more games that Maris appeared in that Mantle sat out.