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MLB: Orioles slugger Chris Davis retires after hip surgery

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Baltimore Orioles first baseman and two-time MLB home run king Chris Davis announced his retirement Thursday following recent hip surgery.

Davis, 35, led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs and made the American League All-Star team in 2013. He topped the big leagues again two years later with 47 home runs.

Davis is currently on the 60-day injured list and has not played since Sept. 11, 2020. He had arthroscopic surgery to repair his left hip labrum in Dallas in May.

“After an extended time dealing with my injury and recent hip surgery, I informed the Orioles about my decision to retire effective today,” Davis wrote in a statement released by the team.

“I want to thank the Orioles partnership group, led by the Angelos family, the Orioles organization, my teammates and coaches, The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital with whom I will continue to be involved following my retirement, and of course, Birdland. Thank you all for the many memories that I will cherish forever.”

The Orioles thanked Davis for his contributions to Baltimore.

“Athletes have the power to change lives and better their communities, and Chris and his family have done just that,” the Orioles said in a statement. “We admire their dedication to those most in need, with hundreds of hours of community work completed, millions of dollars donated, and countless other charitable efforts performed, often without fanfare.

“For every inning played and home run hit, hour of service completed and amount donated, the Davis family has made an immeasurable impact on our city and on Orioles baseball.”

Davis retires with a .233 lifetime average, 295 home runs, 780 RBIs and 1,852 strikeouts in 1,417 games with the Texas Rangers (2008-11) and Orioles. He led the majors in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons in 2015-16.

Davis signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with Baltimore in 2016. USA Today reported that he will receive his full $23 million salary for 2022 — the final year of the deal — but it will be deferred and paid over three years.

–Field Level Media

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