Chris Davis’ marvelous April has been noticed. Last month, Davis set a major league record with 16 RBIs in his first four games, and was named Player of the Week in the season’s first week.
Davis hit nine home runs, which tied for the American League lead, had a league-leading 28 RBIs and batted .348. He’s also drawn 16 walks, many of them semi-intentional. In all of 2012, he had 37 bases on balls.
He’s one of 10 nominees for the Hickok Belt Award for April. Full disclosure: I am one of the voters for the award.
From 1950-76, it was awarded annually, and its winners included Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson.
It was revived last year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, and votes are taken monthly.
Davis and Texas pitcher Yu Darvish are the only baseball players nominated. NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, tennis champ Serena Williams, NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and Masters winner Adam Scott are among the nominees.