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April 13, 2010
What do you make of Barry Bonds praising Mark McGwire for admitting his steroid use? Don't expect Bonds to follow suit Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun It makes me all warm and fuzzy to hear Barry Bonds is "proud" of Mark McGwire for admitting his use of steroids and returning to Major League Baseball as the Cardinals' hitting coach, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for Bonds to do the same thing. No. 1: He wouldn't. Bonds is a proud, stubborn and defiant man who isn't going to do anything that smacks of surrender to the will of the masses.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
Orioles slugging first baseman Chris Davis has already topped his personal record for most home runs in a big league season and tied the American League mark with 37 before the All-Star break. He's bested all major leaguers in All-Star votes, and you can hardly visit a baseball website these days without seeing his mug smirking back at you. So, as the second half begins Friday evening, what's next for the man nicknamed Crush? Will Davis shatter the franchise record of 50 homers set by Brady Anderson in 1996?
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By Theo Lippman Jr | October 4, 1998
DON'T KNOW much about baseball, but I know this: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, like Roger Maris and Hank Aaron, will never hold the stature in world public opinion that Babe Ruth held.To friends and foes of this country, the Babe was the USA.The best evidence of that came on the bloody islands and atolls of the South Pacific during World War II. Enemies of America cursed the Babe in what might be called a battlefield rite."By 1943, most Japanese fighting men in Asia and the Pacific were trapped and doomed and knew it," wrote John W. Dower in his 1986 history, "War Without Mercy."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Agent Scott Boras, who represents Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters , was with some of his clients during Monday's media scrum and fielded questions. Asked whether he is having any dialogue with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette about extending the contracts of Davis or Wieters - both free agents after the 2015 season - Boras said now is not the time. “Good teams are getting down to the wire here and they are playing,” Boras said.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 5, 1998
ST. LOUIS -- This is the kind of city where, if you're standing next to your car and fishing through your pockets, someone driving by will stop to ask if you need change for the parking meter.It's the kind of city where the reigning sentiment is: If I caught it, I'd give it to Mac. It's the kind of city where everyone knows "it" is the home run ball that breaks one of baseball's most storied records, Roger Maris' 61 home runs.And "Mac" is, of course, Mark McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinal who is taking the city on one glorious ride as he gets thisclose to doing just that.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1998
Bernard and Elizabeth Brown just had to stop by the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore yesterday before they returned home to Rocky Mount, N.C.They had to because Bernard Brown is a baseball fan, and for a baseball fan, Ruth reigns supreme, even as America honors a new home run king, Mark McGwire.While McGwire is "pretty special," Ruth is more than that, said Brown, a 33-year-old financial officer for a plastics company. "He was the greatest of all time."But Brown also believes Ruth and McGwire were different people from different eras.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
Major-league home run king Mark McGwire has baseball's single-season home run record at very close range -- so close that every game he plays now has the potential for huge historic significance.It could happen this weekend or later this month or not at all.Busch Stadium will be bursting at the seams tonight with fans hoping for another multi-homer McGwire miracle like the ones he worked on Tuesday and Wednesday night in Florida. He hit four home runs in the space of 10 at-bats to draw within just two big swings of equaling Roger Maris' 37-year-old record of 61 homers in a season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 6, 1998
During the final weeks of the 1961 season, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris visited a doctor in Baltimore, convinced that he had contracted a serious illness because his hair had begun to fall out in small clumps.It was not a happy time.The doctor reassured him that the hair loss was merely the result of the stress that accompanied Maris' quest to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. It was the same kind of stress that undoubtedly is wearing on St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire as he closes in on the record Maris set 37 years ago.Only much, much worse.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2001
ST. LOUIS - It isn't clear whether Barry Bonds is in denial or some other state of disbelief, but while he was in the state of Missouri over the weekend - dwelling in Mark McGwire country in more ways than one - he would admit only to being in an incredible state of athletic grace. Bonds has always lived something of a charmed baseball life. He was born to a talented baseball star and raised among the sport's royalty. His godfather is all-time great Willie Mays, for God's sake, so it did not surprise anyone he was blessed with a special talent for a game he is so totally dominating this season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1998
In yesterday's Today section, a headline with an article about Mark McGwire's quest to set a new home run record incorrectly described the late Roger Maris as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Maris, who holds the record for most homers in a single season, is not.The Sun regrets the error.Computer systems consultant Ken Vangeloff never imagined that he would make the baseball highlights on Chicago superstation WGN, but there he was Wednesday afternoon, clinging to Mark McGwire's 48th home-run ball and giving his first-ever television interview.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
With another swing of the bat, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his historic first half Saturday. In the second inning, Davis pushed a 3-2 offering from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond into the left-center field seats next to the bullpen area. The homer, Davis' 36th of the year, cut the Blue Jays lead to 2-1. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel in the first inning to take an early lead. Davis' 36 home runs are the second-most before the All-Star break since Barry Bonds hit 39 before the break in 2001.
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By Matt Vensel | July 8, 2013
As Orioles slugger Chris Davis sits here in early July with 33 homers and 85 runs batted in, precisely as many as he had in each of those categories in all of last season, it seems like a foregone conclusion that if he stays healthy he will break Brady Anderson's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single season, set back in 1996. But will Davis be able to set the “legitimate” all-time major league record for home runs in a single season? Davis is on the record as saying that he still views Roger Maris as the single-season home run king because " he was the last guy to do it clean . " Ahead of Maris on the home run list are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire (twice)
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
After slugging his way to a major league-high 33 home runs - five more than the next highest total and nine more than the third - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will have the opportunity to showcase his power in front of a national audience before the All-Star Game. Davis was selected to the American League's Home Run Derby team Monday night, becoming the eighth Oriole selected for the event, which is held July 15 the night before the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. “I think as a power hitter growing up, it's one of the things that you look at as kind of your own special thing about the All-Star Game,” Davis said in a Monday afternoon news conference before the derby lineups were announced and the Orioles played the Rangers.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2013
Leading off the second inning, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sent Yankees starter Hideki Kuroda's 2-1 pitch into the left field seats for his major league-leading 31st home run this season. Davis broke former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson's record for home runs in the first half of the season. Anderson hit 30 in the first half of the 1996 season on his way to an Orioles record 50. After Sunday night, there are still 13 games until the All-Star break for Davis to extend the record.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
First baseman Chris Davis was voted the American League Player of the Month for April, becoming the first Oriole to earn that honor since Melvin Mora in August 2008. Davis hit .348 (32-for-92) with eight doubles, nine home runs, 28 RBIs, 19 runs scored and 16 walks in 27 games last month. The 27-year-old first baseman finished first in the league in slugging percentage (.728) and total bases (67), tied for first in homers and RBIs, second in extra-base hits (17), fourth in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage (.442)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
-- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was named American League Player of the Week on Monday following his history-making start to the season. It is the second consecutive player of the week honor for Davis, who ended the regular season last year sharing the honor with Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander on Oct.1. The last Oriole to win the award in back-to-back weeks was Eddie Murray on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, 1981. Davis entered Monday's game in Boston leading the major leagues in OPS (1.636)
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2002
JUPITER, Fla. - Mark McGwire used to cast a giant shadow in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. The hulking physical presence and prodigious home run swing made the near-certain future Hall of Famer an intimidating force on offense, and his regular-guy approach to the game made him one of the most popular players in the clubhouse. So how is it that the Cardinals - just months after Big Mac's sudden retirement - appear to be better off without him? The Cardinals club that will open the 2002 exhibition season later this week has a deeper pitching staff and a more balanced lineup than the team that took the eventual world champion Arizona Diamondbacks to the limit in the first round of the playoffs last year.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2000
From the start, the National League Central seemed doomed to middle-market obscurity. Baseball's rush to regional realignment isolated several of the league's low-revenue clubs in the same division, and it only got worse when the 1997 expansion pushed the economically challenged Milwaukee Brewers into the picture. If not for the exploits of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa the past two years, the division would have had trouble finding itself on a map. Not anymore. The arrival of superstar Ken Griffey in Cincinnati has added a dimension to the home run chase, and major off-season additions to several clubs have changed the chemistry of the division.
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
We will see history tonight if Chris Davis, who had four home runs in his first four games, hits another homer. If the hottest hitter in baseball puts another out of the ballpark, he will become the first player in major league history to hit a home run in each of his team's first five games of the season. As we wait for his next at-bat here at Camden Yards, here are some Chris Davis facts, courtesy of the Orioles. --- In his first four games of 2013, Davis had more RBIs (16) than 17 major league teams and at least twice as many RBI as the Marlins (8)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2013
After Oriole Park sat silent for six months and the Orioles spent the past seven weeks in Sarasota, Fla., preparing for the season, manager Buck Showalter believed his players needed the “pickup” that only a Camden Yards sellout crowd could give them in Friday's home opener against the Minnesota Twins. But it was first baseman Chris Davis who supplied the big lift, providing the home crowd with a memorable Opening Day fireworks display in the Orioles' 9-5 comeback victory as he continued his assault on baseball's record books.
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