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Jose Canseco offers his help to struggling Chris Davis

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Jose Canseco has offered to help Chris Davis return to the form that once helped him finish third American League MVP voting.

Last season, Chris Davis struggled through a disappointing year that saw him post a .168 batting average in 128 games. Things got so bad the Baltimore Orioles benched the struggling first baseman indefinitely.

Although it’s a new season, the same struggles remain for Davis. On Tuesday, he reached an unwanted milestone by going hitless in 47 consecutive at-bats, dating back to last year.

In the wake of his struggles, former MLB slugger Jose Canseco reached out via Twitter to offer Davis help to regain his good form.

Davis has reportedly tried seemingly everything to right the ship over the past two seasons. Who are we to rule out Canseco being able to help the two-time AL home run king?

Orioles’ Chris Davis nearing unwanted record

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Chris Davis is approaching an unwanted record.

The struggling Baltimore Orioles first baseman went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the New York Yankees on Sunday. That makes him 0-for-23 on the season.

If you go back to last season, Davis has not gotten a hit in his last 44 at-bats. According to the Elias Sports Book (via the AP), the most consecutive at-bats by an MLB player without a hit is 46 by Eugenio Velez in 2011.

Davis’ struggles have been difficult to watch, even for non-Orioles fans. He had to be benched last season because he was so unproductive. Bars started doing embarrassing promotions involving him.

He was so bad last year and is so bad again this year that you have to wonder how long the Orioles can continue playing him. The issue is all the money he’s owed on his contract, so Baltimore will want to give him plenty of chances to turn things around before thinking about cutting him loose.

Orioles’ Chris Davis predicting bounceback season

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The Baltimore Orioles signed Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million deal prior to the 2016 season, and ever since then his statistics have been on a downward slide.

Davis, however, believes that he can still be the player the Orioles invested in, and at the start of spring training, he feels like he’s found his swing again.

Davis never hit for an exceptionally high average, but he was a safe bet for 30 home runs at a minimum and hit 53 in 2013. In 2018, not only did he only hit .168, but he hit just 16 home runs, the worst power numbers of his career. That was enough to get him benched at one point.

This is a lot of early spring optimism at play. Davis turns 33 in March, and while it’s not impossible that he’s suddenly going to become a 40-homer guy again, it’s probably very unlikely.

Chris Davis calls Orioles’ mounting losses ’embarrassing’

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The Baltimore Orioles’ historically bad season has resulted in frustration levels rising among players and fans, and at least one player has outright admitted embarrassment.

Baltimore tied a franchise record on Monday with loss No. 107 on the season (the 1988 Orioles also lost 107 games). With 12 games remaining, a nightmare of a season will soon be over, and the club can begin to focus on how return to winning ways.

Following Monday’s game, first baseman Chris Davis was asked about the 107th loss and said he felt frustration and embarrassment once the club passed the century mark for losses.

“It’s frustrating to say the least,” Davis told MASN Sports. “Once we hit 100, it was kind of like, I don’t know, I honestly didn’t have any words for it. It was embarrassing. It was frustrating. It’s one of those things you never want to be associated with, but at the same time, you’ve got to learn how to turn the page and start somewhere. Why not start now?”

The Orioles got off to an 8-26 start to the season, which put them on pace to lose 124 games. Baltimore won’t reach that number, but the 2018 season will still go down as one to forget around Baltimore.

10 worst contracts in Major League Baseball

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Unlike other major sports, MLB players who sign big contracts have a rare combination of guaranteed financial security and no league-imposed limit on their earning potential. NBA and NHL contracts are guaranteed, but limited by the salary cap in place. The NFL takes it one step further and doesn’t always offer those guarantees, while also limiting teams with a salary cap. In MLB, not only is the money guaranteed, but there’s only a luxury tax on excessive spending. That means teams sometimes hand out really bad contracts.

The contracts are great for the player, and good for them for getting such a deal, but from a team’s standpoint, the deals can turn out to be the opposite of advantageous.Here are the ten worst contracts in the sport right now, at least from a team perspective.

10) Jason Heyward, Cubs

The Cubs won a World Series with Heyward in the fold, and he still plays high-level defense. Alas, the Cubs owe him another $106 million through 2023, and they probably weren’t planning on paying it to a guy whose primary appeal is his outfield skills. Since joining Chicago in what looked to be the prime of his career, Heyward has hit .253 with just 25 home runs. Of course, to long-suffering Cub fans, maybe that famous team meeting/speech was worth $184 million.

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Chris Davis benched indefinitely by Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have seen enough from struggling slugger Chris Davis.

Davis sat out his fourth consecutive contest on Saturday, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that the former All-Star’s return was not imminent.

Per Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

Showalter said he doesn’t expect Davis’ absence to last a week or two, but the Orioles are not putting a timetable on his return. He is available if “the team needs what he can bring” off the bench, though it seemed obvious Showalter would be hesitant to use him.

To say that Davis has been bad this season would be the understatement of the century — the 32-year-old currently holds a negative WAR (-1.9), thanks in large part to his poor performance at the plate. He averaged 37 homers over the last six seasons but has only managed a mere four through 57 games and has struck out 86 times. Meanwhile, Davis’ .150 batting average is by far the lowest among players with at least 200 plate appearances (per Fangraphs).

Things have gotten so bad for Davis that local bars have even begun to offer promotions based around his woes. It’s about time that the Orioles finally came to their senses and gave him some time off to regroup.

Baltimore bar offering free shots for every time Chris Davis gets a hit

Chris Davis’ atrocious 2018 season continues, and now one local bar is seizing the opportunity for a clever (and somewhat sad) promotion.

Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun shared news on Wednesday that Bartenders Pub in Baltimore is now offering free shots for every time that the slumping Orioles slugger gets a hit. The promotion, which was just announced on the bar’s Facebook page this week, will specifically net customers who are present for the hit free Dr. Pepper shooters, which are a mix of amaretto and Miller High Life beer that supposedly tastes like the popular soft drink.

“We’re just trying to give people a reason to come out and watch the games again,” co-owner Danny Coker was quoted as saying.

“It’s a superstition that we hope will encourage [Davis] to do well,” he added.

Unfortunately, Davis and the O’s have not been doing well this season to say the least. The 32-year-old former All-Star, who is only in Year 3 of a massive seven-year, $161 million deal, holds a grisly slash line of .150/.227/.227. Meanwhile, the Orioles are an MLB-worst 19-47 on the year as a team.

For those keeping score at home, Davis has recorded just 31 hits in 57 games so far this year, including going hitless in 32 of them. Thus, the promotion probably won’t cost Bartenders Pub very much, and it is definitely a more wholesome reaction to Davis’ struggles than some of the others we’ve seen.

H/T Baseball Reddit