At the age of 26 (27 on March 22), Ike Davis is a bust.
Once a fixture at first base and a rising star for the New York Mets, Davis’ star crashed back to Earth. Rumors of trades and cuts have lingered all winter, so much so that even the player is surprised to be back at Port. St. Lucie for Spring Training.
Recent reports of continued interest from the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates prove the market hasn’t dissolved quite yet, but many Mets fans are anxious to run him out of town one way or another.
And for good reason. Major League-caliber first basemen don’t have .161 averages, hit five home runs in 55 games and ruin their elite defense by taking their offensive struggles into the field. They certainly don’t chew out umpires for their woes.
But there was a reason the Mets were intrigued by Davis in the first place and there’s a reason he’ll get another shot, whether it be in New York, Maryland or Pennsylvania.
Davis tallied 861 plate appearances during four years in the...