Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is having a career year, but it hasn’t been met without it’s fair share of skepticism. It is unfair for Davis that people may question his performance and assume that he has used PEDs, but that is the world that we now live in.
After the steroid era caused us all to be suspicious, it isn’t a surprise that many people are wondering what could be behind Davis’ sudden increase in production that sees him hitting a career-high in home runs and runs batted in before the all-star break.
Davis knows those questions are out there, but Davis came forward with a denial of PED use to the Baltimore Sun:
“I have never taken them. I have no reason to. I’ve always been a power hitter. With me, I think the biggest thing was the consistency of the contact … When I was making contact, I was always hitting for power. I’m a guy that likes to work out a lot. I’m a guy that used to eat whatever I wanted to, but I started getting into my mid-20s, I’ve been seeing that change. So I’ve been taking better care of my body. I have a pretty strict diet. But I’ve never taken [performance-enhancing drugs]. I haven’t felt the need to.”
Despite his denial, people will continue to wonder about the sudden jump in numbers by Davis, but perhaps we all just sit back and enjoy what he has been able to do on the diamond instead of looking for a reason to hang on to the past.
Steroids will forever haunt baseball, but there is no reason to take away from an individual’s achievements when there is no proof that he has ever broken any rules.