In today’s world of sports the name Glen Davis refers to the Boston Celtics player that has been seen crying on the bench as a result of being reprimanded for his terrible play by teammate Kevin Garnett.
But, back in the 1980′s Glen Davis was known as a slugging first-baseman that was crushing the ball as a member of the Houston Astros. In Davis’ first full season in 1986, he played in 158 games. As a full-time player, Davis excelled at the plate while smacking 31 HR’s and driving in 101 runs. His numbers were solid and he finished second for the MVP that year to future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. 1986 also marked the first of two appearances of at the All-Star game for Davis.
In his next 3 seasons with the Astros, Davis was a full-time player and excelled at the plate. From 1987-89 he crushed 91 homers and drove in 281 runs. His solid play earned him 2 more Top 8 positions for the MVP award.
Then it went bad quickly. Davis’ injuries took over and he was unable to recover his incredible hitting achieved in the mid-to-late 80′s. Never playing more than 106 games in a season over his final 4 years in the big leagues, Davis’ once enviable power numbers tailed off and so did his playing time.
Glen Davis ended his 13-year career with a .259 batting average. He accumulated 190 home runs and drove in 603 RBI. You have to wonder how much more Davis could have done if his health was able to keep up with his bat from the late 80′s. I don’t think 300+ home runs would have been out of the question.