LTIMORE – The numbers are hard to fathom. Fifty-three home runs, 138 RBIs.
Those numbers made Chris Davis a near-unanimous choice as Most Valuable Oriole.
Davis finished with first-place votes from all but one of the media members who covered the team. Adam Jones, who finished second, had the other first-place award. Jones was the MVO the previous two seasons. Manny Machado finished third. Chris Tillman also received votes.
NOTE: I voted for Davis, Machado and Jones.
Jones not only broke Brady Anderson’s team record for home runs, he was the leading votegetter in the All-Star Game and was April’s Player of the Month. He also won two Player of the Week awards.
“I got sick and tired of seeing Adam Jones win it every year, so I figured I’d do my best to get him out of there,” Davis joked.
Davis came to the Orioles in July 2011 from Texas along with Tommy Hunter in exchange for Koji Uehara. In 2012, he hit 33 home runs and 85 RBIs.
“It’s been a really fun year for me personally, a little disappointing at the end obviously not making the postseason. Just to be on a winning team, I think a lot of guys have had successful years not on winning teams and it’s been bittersweet. For me to be on a team that was really in it ‘til the last couple weeks and have the year I’ve had has been a blessing,” Davis said.
Davis admits he couldn’t have pictured himself with these amazing stats.
“My goal was actually to hit 60. So, I’m a little disappointed this year. No, I couldn’t have. I’ve said that before. I think growing up even in the minor leagues when you start to get a sense of what player you are going to be and what you are capable of, I always thought 40 was a big number. Never dreamed of hitting 50 home runs, much less breaking the single-season record. But, it’s one of those things where if I didn’t have the guys in front of me and behind me in the lineup I would have never been here. We all know how much I like to swing. It makes it a lot easier to hit when there’s guys in scoring position,” Davis said.
Davis will get some votes for Most Valuable Player, but he concedes that he isn’t likely to win.
“I feel like every year they should just give it to Miguel Cabrera,” Davis said. He knows Mike Trout will get support, too.
“To even be mentioned with those couple of guys, it’s humbling,” Davis said.
On Friday, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that he was eager to sign Davis and Matt Wieters to long-term extensions.
“I think I’m eagerer,” Davis said. “With the last couple of years, this has really been a place I’ve been able to call home.”
The club started winning shortly after Davis got here and has recorded its second straight winning season after 14 losing ones.
“It was tough to be a fan here for a long time. I hope the last couple of years has really restored the fan base and given them something to cheer about,” Davis said.
“I couldn’t think of a better place to hit for the rest of my career.”
Davis says he’s always loved the colors orange and black.
“I’ve had so many good memories in two years, I’d love to extend that for a number of years,” Davis said.