Chris Davis Still Views Roger Maris As Single-Season Home Run King

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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  1. Birdland Steve

    July 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    He’s not though…………

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  3. MGW

    July 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    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.

    • spy

      July 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      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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  4. spy

    July 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    The HR record is 74 , just look at the record books,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  7. Willo

    July 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

    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.

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  10. spy

    July 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What about Hank ? You think he was juicing ?

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  13. mystery man

    July 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    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.

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