MLB: Orioles' Chris Davis ties HR record in AL Before All-Star Break

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis as "superhuman" after he homered for the 37th time on Sunday, tying an AL record for the most number prior to the All-Star break.

Jul 14 2013, 10:04pm CDT | by

MLB: Orioles' Chris Davis ties HR record in AL Before All-Star Break
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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is superhuman. 

This is how Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons described the Orioles' slugger after he homered for the 37 time on Sunday, tying an American League record for the most number prior to the All-Star break in a 7-4 win over the Jays at home. 

"Superhuman. He's having some kind of year. I saw a little bit when he was in Texas coming up. He could always hit home runs. He got his opportunity here to play every day and he's taken advantage of it. It's pretty impressive."

The Associated Press via Fox Sports notes Davis, who hit a home run in a fourth consecutive game, tied Reggie Jackson's record which was set 44 years ago (1969). The MLB record for most home runs prior to the break still belongs to former San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, which was set in 2001. 

Davis' 37th homer, a two-run shot, came in the third inning off Toronto's Josh Johnson. Not only did he tie the record, he also joins the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera as the only players in MLB history to recored 90 RBIs and 30 home runs before the All-Star break. He also surpassed his home run total of 33 in 2012.

Davis was proud of his accomplishement although he also gives credit to his teammates ahead of him in the rotation who have been swinging the bat well.  

"I think it's something definitely to be proud of. It means I've been doing my job, but it also speaks volumes about the guys in front of me getting on base and really swining the bats well."

The 27-year-old Davis began his MLB career in 2008 with the Texas Rangers. He and Tommy Hunter were traded to the Orioles on July 30, 2011 in exhange for Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara and has thrived in Baltimore ever since. 

Davis has 500 career hits, a .268 career average and a career .325 on-base percentage. With his recent feat, he upped his career home run total to 114, per ESPN stats. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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