Khris Davis has 50 homers — and history — in his sights

Oakland A’s DH is in the midst of delivering an all-time power performance

Karl Buscheck
August 24, 2018 - 12:13 pm

After the Warriors won the 2017 NBA title, Draymond Green took the stage, on the shores of Lake Merritt, and dropped one of his most memorable lines.

“Can somebody give Bob some (expletive) credit?” Green asked, referring to Bob Myers, Golden State prez/GM.

The same question applies to Davis, the most underappreciated player in baseball and a late entrant into the AL MVP derby.

Davis barrelled home run No. 39 on Thursday night, tops in the majors.

That output isn’t just impressive in the context of 2018, but in the grand scope of A’s baseball. Davis is attempting to become the second player in Oakland history — and the third in franchise history — to reach 50.

*Jimmie Foxx, 1932, Philadelphia A’s: 58

*Mark McGwire, 1996, Oakland A’s: 52

Heading into the weekend, Davis is on track for 49 long balls, per ESPN.com. His pre and post All-Star break splits suggest he could beat that projection.

During his time in Oakland, Davis has been famous for his power on the field and his taciturn nature off it. But even the quiet KD sees the illusive 50 looming out on the horizon.

Soon enough, we’ll find out if Davis can join the club.

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