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Jonah Keri On Baltimore's Heavy-hitting Chris Davis - Grantland

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CHRIS DAVIS
Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 9-6. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) | AP

For the first 1,495 at-bats of his career, Chris Davis looked like a thousand big, lumbering, mediocre sluggers before him. He didn't run well and didn't field well. He had a terrible batting approach, one that could best be described as swing for the moon, then offer every fan on the third-base side a nice, cool breeze.

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