Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL mark for homers prior to the All-Star break as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays, 7-4.
Now before anyone gets all excited about this, the record means very little, well even less than that.
You see, the All-Star break is a lot like Chanukah.
We know the Festival of Lights will occur sometime in December, we just are never sure when it’s scheduled. The same is true for the All-Star Game, we know it will be sometime in July but we’re never sure when the baseball gods will determine its date.
With that caveat in place, by homering for the fourth straight game, Davis tied Reggie Jackson‘s AL mark of 37 homers before the break, set in 1969. That year, the All-Star Game was played on the very late date of July 23 and Reggie’s Oakland A’s had played 92 games. Davis’ early bird starting Orioles have played 96 games.
When Barry B*nds disrespected baseball hitting 39 enhanced homers before the July 10, 2001 All-Star Game, his Giants had played 88 games.
Davis has already reached career highs in home runs and RBIs with 66 games left to play.
Davis’ chase of Roger Maris‘ 1961 record of 61 homers
Through 96 games
Davis – 37 homers (93 RBI)
Maris – 40 homers (95 RBI)