#11 All-Time Hitter
Glenn Davis by Cody Poage
The 1986 season produced some of the greatest moments in Astros history and first baseman Glenn Davis was right in the middle of it all. After all, he was arguably the anchor during one of the franchise’s most successful runs.
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Davis first got his start in the major leagues in 1984 after the Astros called him up late in the season. After a brief audition, Davis would go on to establish himself as one of the Astros top hitters the next season, slashing .271/.332/.474 while hitting 20 HR and 64 RBI. This was good enough for him to come fifth in NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1985.
But 1986 was the season where Davis made a name for himself in professional baseball. Not only did he come in second to Mike Schmidt in the NL MVP voting, but he also won his lone Silver Slugger while earning the first of two All-Star nods. The attention and accolades came about via Davis hitting 31 HR and 101 RBI while putting together a 4.2 WAR season.
And it was moments like this home run in Game 1 in NLCS against the New York Mets that helped establish Davis as one of the team’s top hitters:
Davis would remain as one of the constants in the Astros lineup during each of the next three seasons, never hitting less than 27 HR and 89 RBI each season. However, a rib injury during 1990 rendered the first baseman inactive for a vast majority of the season as Davis only played in 93 games that year. He would then be shipped to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Steve Finley, Curt Schilling, and Pete Harnisch. And he eventually wrapped up his major league career with the Orioles and would eventually play in Japan for a time.
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