Unwanted record: Baltimore's Davis starts season 0-for-49

Tanya Simon
April 11, 2019

Davis' two strikeouts on Monday also sent him past Mickey Mantle for 35th all-time with 1,711.

A fan holds up a sign referring to Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis.

Davis lined out to right in his first at-bat off Athletics starter Marco Estrada, then lined out to left in the third inning and drew applause from sympathetic fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The highlight of Davis' night was an opposite-field liner to the edge of the warning track in left field on his record-setting 47th straight fruitless at-bat. He took a couple decent passes on those fly balls.

In the wake of his struggles, former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco reached out via Twitter to offer Davis help to regain his good form.

Before the record-tying out, Davis got a second chance when second baseman Jurickson Profar dropped his foul pop to right. In 2011, his final year in the majors, he had 37 at-bats with the Los Angeles Dodgers and failed to record a hit.

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In stark contrast to the heavy boos he received during the O's home opener on Thursday, Davis got a warm reception from the tiny Monday night crowd at Camden Yards, which greeted him with ovations in each of his first two trips to the plate.

Davis' last two at-bats weren't as impressive. That made him 0-for-49.

Sánchez's first round-tripper came in the third inning off of David Hess, doubling the Yankees' lead to 4-0.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde expressed sympathy for Davis, praising his quality of contact and defense. 'Unfortunately, it's hard to listen to for me'. Combined with his 0-for-21 finish past year, Davis broke the mark previously held by Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez for the lengthiest run of futility by a non-pitcher, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

It's hard to justify playing a player mired in such a cold streak on a routine basis, but he is owed more than $90 million on the seven-year, $161 million extension he signed after posting a.923 OPS and leading Major League Baseball with 47 home runs and racking up 117 RBI.

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