June 10, 1997 |
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Eric Davis will have a mass removed from his abdomen later this week and will be sidelined for eight weeks, the club announced last night. Davis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 31, will undergo a laparotomy Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 35-year-old outfielder last played at Cleveland on May 25. Signed as a free agent during the off-season after playing last year in Cincinnati, Davis was batting .302 with seven homers and 21 RBIs when he went on the DL. Cincinnati Reds closer Jeff Brantley will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder tomorrow, the team said.
April 7, 1987 |
Baseball's most gifted young players always have been asked to shoulder the burden of high expectations. If a lefthanded batter with promise demonstrates a fluid swing, he invariably is described as "the next Ted Williams. " Prospects gifted with speed and power are said to be "the next Willie Mays" or "the next Mickey Mantle. " With few exceptions, these youngsters fall short of the legend they are measured against. Still, the comparisons continue to be drawn. So, while the world waits for Kansas City's Bo Jackson to harness what many scouts claim to be unprecedented natural ability, predictions of greatness already are being plastered all over 24-year-old outfielder Eric Davis, the Cincinnati Reds' budding superstar.
September 22, 1997 |
Eric Davis, who missed more than three months of the season following surgery for colon cancer, will be on Baltimore's postseason roster. "He says he's all right," Orioles manager Davey Johnson said Saturday. "We'll give him some at-bats and see how it goes. " Davis, currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment, went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Saturday's 12-8 victory over Detroit, stopping an 0-for-26 slump. He had been 0-for-10 since his return from the disabled list Monday.
January 18, 2001 |
Eric Davis said yesterday that he enjoyed Dajuan Wagner's 100-point game on Tuesday almost as much as Wagner. "It was fun to be part of it," said Davis, a center on the Camden boys' basketball team. "I've never been part of a game where a guy scored 100 points. " Davis had an up-front view of Wagner's exploits as the senior guard exploded for 100 points in Camden's 157-67 victory over Camden County Tech. Davis, who had six points in the game, has seen Wagner do some amazing things this season.
October 1, 2012 |
The Millville Meteor continues to light it up. On Sunday, Angels phenom Mike Trout opened with a walk and a stolen base in the first inning and added a homer in the seventh in Los Angeles' 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The swipe was Trout's 48th, and the dinger off Yu Darvish was his 30th, making Trout the first major-league rookie to have 30 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. The 21-year-old is also the youngest player with a 30-30 season.
May 2, 1987 |
When Dave Parker looks at the magnificent athletic thoroughbred that is Eric Davis, he sees a man with sky's-the-limit capability. He sees a man who easily can hit 500 home runs and steal 1,000 bases. He sees a man who can do just about anything he wants to do for as long as he wants to do it. "I just pray that he stays healthy," said Parker. "Because when someone has as much ability as Eric's got, you like to see it fulfilled to the peak. " Eric Davis doesn't know how good he is, not really.
July 8, 1987 |
Cincinnati baseball fans have taken to Eric Davis like shore visitors take to the ocean. Now, after only a few days in town, Davis's father is a big fan of Cincinnati. "I think Eric should play his whole 20 seasons here," Jimmy Davis said the other day after watching his son (.314, 25 home runs, league-leading 73 runs) play for the first time in Cincinnati. "It's so green here, so low- key. Los Angeles is a place where nobody knows when to go to sleep. Here, when it's time to go to sleep, everyone goes to sleep.
May 9, 1987 |
It was a night when the Phillies got the unlikeliest of boosts in the form of two home runs from Luis Aguayo. But it was also a night when the Phils were done in by two hauntingly familiar flaws - poor starting pitching and a questionable managerial decision. And, as usual, those deficiencies were enough to produce yet another Phils defeat, 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds. The loss left the free-falling Phillies 8-18, and on a road to nowhere. Aguayo's two solo shots and another bases-empty home run by Glenn Wilson produced all the Phils' scoring.
October 7, 1990 |
In the games of the postseason, every inning, every at-bat, every swing can be critical, the difference between landing a World Series berth and missing one. When two closely matched teams meet in the playoffs or World Series, the games are duels, blending strength and cunning, and the outcomes seem often to hinge on a single play. In Cincinnati on Thursday night, and again on Friday afternoon, the Reds and Pirates, each vying for their first National League pennant in more than a decade, played tingly, alert baseball.
July 22, 1986 |
When you play in the same outfield as Dave Parker, and Pete Rose is your manager, exposure can be hard to come by. Parker, a worthy MVP candidate last season, is having another season as big as all outdoors in right field. Rose, a virtual Father Time, merely leads the majors in career base hits and continues to defy the laws of nature by contributing as a part-time player at age 45. So where does that leave Eric Davis? Davis is 21 years younger than Rose and still no match for Parker in the clutch.