Players have good years, bad years and in-between years, and in 2016 Chris Davis had an in-between year. He was a productive major leaguer, worth a lineup spot on a good team. But he will most likely be named on no MVP ballots this week, after finishing 14th in voting a year ago and third two years before that. Taken together it’s all OK, except that Davis was playing the first year under a $161 million contract that will almost assuredly take him into that phase of his career where they’re eventually all bad (and expensive) years. The Baltimore Orioles needed this one to be good.
As teams prepare this month to sign players to new $161 million contracts (or thereabouts), it’s worth looking at what makes for an in-between season. In one sense, Davis’ drop-off from 2015 to 2016 is remarkable: By OPS+, Davis (at 107) was more similar to Erick Aybar (at 69) than he was to the 2015 version of himself (147). In another sense, the margins between superstar and expensive, average player are slim enough to straddle.
He also was hit by one pitch, which led Tigers prospect Spencer Turnbull to lightheartedly tweet Monday:
Among the other memorable AFL events for Tebow: comforting an autograph-seeking fan who had a seizure and briefly was unconscious until paramedics arrived, face-planting into the left-field wall while pursuing a fly ball, getting sidelined for almost a week because of a knee injury suffered while awkwardly sliding, and having Scottsdale teammate/Phillies prospect Aaron Brown dress up as him — including wearing Denver Broncos garb — on Halloween.
Until participating in Terence Newman Authentic Womens Jersey the Mets’ instructional league two months ago, the 29-year-old Tebow had not played organized baseball since his junior year of high school. Overall, Tebow’s .194 average ranked 61st among 69 AFL qualifiers.
Tim Tebow hit .245 after an 0-for-13 start in the Arizona Fall League.
“I think he’s recognizing pitches now better Tom Johnson Authentic Womens Jersey than he was then,” said Scottsdale manager Tom Goodwin, contrasting Tebow’s hitting ability at the end of the AFL season versus when he arrived.