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Chris Davis is on pace for 60 home runs this season. That’s one shy of Roger Maris‘ single-season mark in 1961 and 13 shy of Barry Bonds‘ all-time mark set in 2001. Davis, who has openly been questioned by fans and reporters about using performance enhancing drugs, told ESPN’s Mike and Mike that he still views Maris as the single-season home run king.

Chris Davis“I do and the reason being, he was the last guy to do it clean,” Davis said. “There’s a lot of things that have been said about the guys who have come after him and you know and have achieved the record, but I think as far as the fans are concerned they still view Maris as being the all-time home run record [holder] and I think you have to. There’s no doubt that Barry [Bonds] and Mark [McGwire] and any of those guys had ridiculous seasons and had some great years, but I think when you get to the root of the record I still think it’s Roger Maris’.”

When asked about the accusations made by fans and members of the media, Davis didn’t shy away from making it clear he’s clean.

“It’s an easy assumption seeing what’s gone on in the past and I understand that. There are time when it’s frustrating to me because you know all those people that are making the accusations aren’t there in the offseason, during the season, after games when you’re tired and you don’t want to work out and you have to get your work in.”

Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times joined WNST’s Nestor Aparicio and a slew of other skeptics when he hinted that Davis was using PEDs to achieve his career season.

“I think the biggest thing for me to remember is you know as long as I continue to do things the way I’ve always done [them] you know can’t really rely on what other people are going to say,” Davis added on Mike and Mike. “We get drug tested just like everybody else, we have the strictest drug testing policy in all of professional sports and I actually think in a way it’s kind of a backhanded compliment.”

As Jayson Stark of ESPN pointed out on the Baseball Tonight podcast, Davis was always projected to be a big slugger he just struck out too much during his early years in the big leagues. Now that he’s cut down on the K’s, his power numbers have piled up. Of course, there will always be those who question.

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16 Comments

  1. He’s not though…………

  2. […] this certainly kills those “he must be juicing” narratives. From the Baltimore Sports Report, who heard Chris Davis on Mike and Mike this […]

  3. And, I challenge all Chris Davis Haters to look at Roger Maris’ stats. He is the example I’ve used all along. Davis power numbers throughout the minors and in his limited ML experience is less of an aberration than Maris’ 61 and I don’t believe anyone thinks Maris juiced.

    • I like Davis plenty and hope he is clean , the problem is I also like Palmeiro a lot and was very disappointed in him,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,after that , I suspect everyone who might break a power record,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,My civilian job was an auditor , I’m naturally suspicious,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  5. […] As Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis has run up 32 home runs before the All Star break, projections have him finishing right at 60 home runs, which would tie Babe Ruth’s total from his historic 1927 season.  And of course one shy of Roger Maris “61 in ’61″, the first player to surpass Ruth.  And according to Davis, this is the real record.  On ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show, Davis said he considers the 61 home runs by Maris the true single season record (via Baltimore Sports Report): […]

  6. Clean, dirty, asterisk, who cares? Davis needs to worry less about records and stay focused. As much as I like Davis, 87 games does not make a season. Even though he has tasted success over the first half, be humble and let your bat do the talking. Why put a target on your bat and give the opposition additional motivation to see you fail. Keep stroking the ball instead of stroking your ego.

  7. […] though Roger Maris was passed multiple times in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Davis still considers the former Yankees outfielder the single-season home run […]

  8. What about Hank ? You think he was juicing ?

  9. […] Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been absolutely phenomenal at the plate this season, having hit 33 home runs with a week still to go before the All-Star Game. While discussing his great year with ESPN’s Mike and Mike, Davis, who is on pace to hit 60 homers this season, revealed his feelings regarding the single-season home run record: […]

  10. […] assert that Maris is the “real” record-holder — as Davis himself has — is to attempt to whitewash an important and often exhilirating era in baseball history, one […]

  11. Look , I think Maris is the real leader also , but MLB and Bud Selig say it’s Barry Bonds. You can’t fight city hall.

  12. […] He elaborated on his claim earlier this month, on an interview with ESPN Radio: […]

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