Alvin Davis

Alvin Glenn Davis (born September 9, 1960), nicknamed "Mr. Mariner,"[1][2] is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and designated hitter. He played eight of his nine seasons for the Seattle Mariners and won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1984.[3]

Alvin Davis
Alvin Davis
Davis in Seattle, Opening Day 2007
First baseman / Designated hitter
Born: September 9, 1960 (age 58)
Riverside, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1984, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
June 25, 1992, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average.280
Home runs160
Runs batted in683
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early years

The youngest of four sons,[4] Davis was born and raised in Riverside, California. His father died in 1970,[4] and Davis graduated from John W. North High School in 1978.[3] He was selected in the 1978 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants, but opted to play college baseball at Arizona State in Tempe. Davis, who batted left-handed and threw right-handed, was later drafted by the Oakland Athletics in sixth round in 1981, but opted to stay in college and earned a degree in finance.[3][4]

Minor league career

After his senior season at ASU in 1982, Davis was drafted in June by the Seattle Mariners in the sixth round (138th overall) and played the rest of the season in Double-A, in Massachusetts for the Lynn Sailors in the Eastern League. Davis continued at that level in 1983 in Tennessee, with the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League. He hit .296 with 18 home runs and nearly averaged a walk per game.

Davis began the 1984 season in Triple-A, with the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League. After just one game, he was promoted to the majors, due to a hand injury to Ken Phelps on April 6, and Davis remained with Seattle for eight seasons, through 1991. In that only game for Salt Lake, he went two-for-three with a walk, and never returned to the minors.

Major league career

Seattle Mariners

During a nine-year major league career, Davis batted .280 with 160 home runs and 683 runs batted in. He hit 20-plus homers in three seasons, and drove in over 100 runs twice.

Davis holds the Mariners record for the most consecutive games reaching base to start a career, with 47.[5] Well-liked by Mariners fans, Davis held most of the young franchise's offensive records until the arrival of Ken Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martínez, and Alex Rodriguez.

Davis made his major league debut in Boston's Fenway Park on Wednesday, April 11; he homered in his first two big league games,[6][7] and collected two doubles in his sixth and three doubles in the next.[8] After his first week, Davis had a .370 batting average, a .778 slugging percentage, and a seven-game hitting streak. He reached base in each of the first 47 games of his career, and was chosen for his only All-Star Game as a rookie. Named the Mariners' MVP, he was also voted the American League's Rookie of the Year Award with a .284 batting average, 27 home runs, and 116 RBIs. Davis was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997.[9]

With the addition of Pete O'Brien in 1990, Davis was increasingly used as Seattle's designated hitter. He only saw action on defense as a first baseman in 52 games that season, further reduced to just fourteen games in 1991. His batting average fell to .221 in 1991 with twelve home runs; with young Tino Martinez in the organization, Davis was not in the team's plans for 1992.

Davis' season high for home runs was 29 in 1987 and his most RBI (116) came as a rookie in 1984. His highest batting average for a season was .305 in 1989.

California Angels

After eight years in Seattle, Davis was a free agent and signed with the California Angels in February 1992.[10] In forty games with the Angels in a platoon role, he hit .250 with no homers and sixteen runs driven in. Davis had two hits in his final major league game,[11] but was released after only a half season in late June.[12] He soon joined the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Osaka in Japan,[12] and appeared in forty games in the Pacific League, with five home runs with twelve RBIs.

Personal life

Davis lives in his hometown of Riverside with his wife Kim; they have three children and are actively involved in Awana. He is also active in Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church and coached baseball at Martin Luther King High School for ten years.[1][13]

After his father's death in 1970, Davis and his mother Mylie had a very close relationship, and she relocated from Riverside to Tempe when he was in college.[4]

In 2012, Davis returned to the Seattle Mariners organization as a roving minor league instructor.[1][14]

References

  1. ^ a b c Stone, Larry (March 5, 2013). "Alvin Davis: Mr. Mariner reconnects with his old team". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Levi, Adam (June 30, 2017). "Mariners Greatest Hits: "Mr. Mariner" Alvin Davis". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Eskenazi, David; Rudman, Steve (April 11, 2014). "Wayback Machine: Alvin Davis, Mr. Mariner". Sports Press Northwest. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Maisel, Ivan (June 11, 1984). "At last, a man to shout about". Sports Illustrated. p. 64.
  5. ^ "Safe to say, Almonte makes strong first impression". MLB.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  6. ^ "M's burn Bosox". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 12, 1984. p. 33.
  7. ^ "Brunansky bruises Mariners". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 14, 1984. p. 14.
  8. ^ "Davis cuffs Caudill, A's around, 5-4". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 19, 1984. p. 33.
  9. ^ "Mariners Hall of Fame". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
  10. ^ "Alvin Davis signed by Angels". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire reports. February 14, 1992. p. C5.
  11. ^ "Major League stat sheet". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. June 26, 1992. p. 3B.
  12. ^ a b "Alvin Davis headed for Japan". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. June 27, 1992.
  13. ^ "Running Home to the Father".
  14. ^ "Hisashi Iwakuma returns to Japan for personal reasons, but Mariners expect him to make next start".

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