Issac Benjamin ”Ike” Davis (born March 22, 1987, in Edina, Minnesota), (age 25) will enter his third season as the New York Mets first baseman. He and his father Ron Davis, who pitched in the major leagues for 11 years are the 197th father and son combination to have enter into the and both played in the major leagues, according to wikipedia.org and his hometown Scottsdale, Arizona. He bats left and throws left, 6’4 and weighs in at 230 pounds.
Davis was drafted (18th overall) out of ASU and selected in the first round by the New York Mets in his junior year as compensation for the Mets loss starter in Tom Glavine to the Atlanta Braves in free agency. According to recordonline.com, Davis signed a $1,575,000 million dollar contract back in June of 2008.
”I was watching the draft on ESPN with my teammates and it was a huge thrill,”said Davis according to newyorkmets.mlb.com, when the Mets broke the Press Release back on June 5th, 2008 at 8:16 PM Eastern Time. “I am glad to be picked up by New York.”
Davis also added: ”They (The Mets) have the best fan’s every game is a live or die for them,” he said, according to mlb.mlb.com. ”It is a great environment to grow up playing baseball and learning how to play under pressure in front of all those people, and I am looking forward to it, too.” The story broke back in June 5th, 2008 written by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
REACTION’S TO IKE’S FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN: 1.) ”It really felt good,” Davis said, according to nypost.com. ”I don’t know if I made an impact or, not, but the team is starting to play well.”
2.) ”I played against him in spring training and he is a man-child,” said Jason Heyward, who went 0 for 4, and struck out three times, including one with the bases loaded, according to nypost.com. ”He has got the tools to be a great player.”
3.) ”To get that in that situation, it felt like a grand slam,” said Jason Bay off of his six-inning three-bagger, according to articles.nydailynews.com.
A 450 solo shot (140 m) to right center field gap where it reached the base of the Shea Bridge. Davis hit his first big league home run at Citi Field off of Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at, 1-1. During his first five games, Davis was hitting .389, with five singles, a double, a home run and two RBI’s, with two walks and four strikeouts and was 4 for 6 against left-handed pitching. This was the fifth game that Davis started in the big leagues–before that he had two multi-hit games in his first four games as a in the Bigs under former Mets skipper Jerry Manuel.
GAME NOTES: Baseball like other sports are all strange games to witness and the seventh inning weirdness started to unfold as Reyes hit a high pop up in the wind, the umpire called the infield fly rule–which means you are automatically out and the runners had to stay put and couldn’t advance. Runners were on first and second with one out. Chipper Jones cut off shortstop Omar Infante and the ball glanced off of Jones’ glove near the mound. The ball caromed to Brain McCann–where Reyes was standing at first forgetting about the infield fly rule, and McCann was confused with the ball; and flipped the ball towards first base thinking that the play was dead and Eric Hinske tagged the bag. The seventh inning still went on however.
A headfirst Angel Pagan dove towards home plate to beat Hinske’s return throw to Jones. No one, knew the rule at the time and Wright put the final run on the board for the Mets to achieve a, 5-2 victory. It was one of the most chaotic games in Mets baseball history. Ron Davis, former Yankees reliever was in the stands to retrieve Ike’s first major league home run ball. Reyes and Bay also had back-to-back triples; and two RBI’s by David Wright.
Ron Davis played 11 seasons in the major leagues for five different teams most notably with the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins earned 130 saves in 481 appearances. He was one of the best relievers in the mid 1980’s recording 106 saves with the Twins from 1982-85. He was also a set up man for Goose Gossage and spent four seasons with the Yankees, going 27-10 and saving 22 games.
COLLEGE YEARS AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY: 2006 (Freshman): Davis choose to attend Arizona State University, and he was ranked the #2 freshman both by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, All-Pac-10, Jewish Sports Review First Team All American, Collegiate Baseball All American, according to rivals and sundevils.com. Moreover, Ike was also a First Team Freshman All-American, Baseball American Second Team Freshman All-American, and ABCA First Team All-West Region. Davis sets a new ASU Freshman record with 65 runs batted in, good for second place in the Pac 10…tied for the team lead with his nine home runs putting him in the same category with Bob Horner for third most ever by a Sun Devil freshman. Stats, accolades/awards, and records according to asunews.asu.edu, sundevils.com, wikipedia.org, mlb.com, espn.com, and baseball- reference.com.
What is more amazing in 58 regular season games, Davis started 57 0f them as: a starting pitcher, first baseman, designated hitter, a first baseman, a relief pitcher, and an outfielder. Davis had a total of 240 at bats and went (79-240)…with a .329 batting average, 39 runs scored, and a team leading 20 doubles, tying the school record for doubles as a freshman and collected 69 hits third most time as a freshman at ASU. However, pitching wise Davis went 2-3 as a starter with a 7.42 ERA…appeared in 14 games… and started 12 on the hill as a pitcher. In Pac 10 play, Davis hit .320 (33-103)… and hit consecutive grand slams against vs. Texas Tech (2/28) and Auburn (3/3). If you put runners on base, lookout because Davis is a… .376 hitter with runners in scoring position (56-93)…including 56 RBI’s and three homers…with the bases loaded, Davis was a lifetime hitter of .529 (9-17) and drove in 26 RBI’s. Also, Davis led ASU both in multi-hit games (25) and multi-RBI games (16)–where he had more than five RBI’s in two games…and also took his talents to the Team USA Team Trails over the Summer time, and finished ball with the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaskan Baseball League.
Stats as a Freshman (2006) for ASU as a hitter: Davis was .329, started 57 games, 240 at-bats, 39 runs scored, 79 hits, 20 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 130 total bases, .542 slugging percentage, 20 BB, hit by a pitch four times, 58 S0, 4 GDP, and on base percentage of .387.
Pitching stats: ERA 7.42, 14 games, 12 games started, 2-3 overall, 47.1 innings pitched, 55 hits, 47 runs, 39 earned runs, 28 BB, 40 SO, opponents average .302.
2007 (Sophomore at ASU): The magical seasons kept on getting better for Ike Davis 6’4 weighing at 205 lbs during that time… and earned First Team All-Pac 10 honors for the second straight season…and was named a Jewish Sports Review First Team All-American for the second consecutive year. A Collegiate Third Team All-American–named to the All-Tempe Regional squad… and appeared in 62 games, where he started each one.
Davis (2007) Sophomore stats as an ASU slugger: hit .349, 238 at-bats, 56 runs scored, 83 hits, 23 doubles, 8 homers, 61 RBI’s, 130 total bases for the second time in back-to-back years, .546 slugging percentage, 29 BB, 29, SO, 7 GDP, .407 on base percentage.
Pitching stats in the 07 campaign: Davis had a 1.35 ERA, went 1-1, 6.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 5 BB, 8 SO, opponents average .143. He was tied for the Pac-10 lead in doubles (23) and finished tied fifth in the league with 83 hits… and made the changed from first base to outfield within the same year… throwing out four runners from right field. Meanwhile, Davis played for the Wareham Gatemen Cap Cod League during the Summer, going 1-0 without allowing a run in 2.2 innings and batting .246 in 16 games before sustaining an injury containing a bone spur in his left wrist ended his summer.
2008 (Junior at ASU): According to rivals.com, Davis was named preseason 2008 All-Pac-10 outfielder–and a preseason Third Team All-American by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. On March 2008, he was named both the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week. Davis hit .450 and struck out all four batters he faced in the first week of preseason. In the second week, he batted .529 with a 1.412 slugging percentage, and recorded five outs on the mound, four by strike out, and didn’t give up a hit. He was the first Sun Devil to win these awards in consecutive weeks back when Travis Buck captured the hardware in 2004…and the College Baseball Foundation named Davis to the starting lineup, according to CSTV.com May 27, 2008.
During his junior year at ASU, Davis hit .385, with a .457 on base percentage, and a .742 slugging percentage. He smashed 23 doubles, which tied him for the Pac-10 lead, 16 home runs, and 76 RBI’s in 213 at-bats over 52 games. However, Davis missed 10 straight games, due to an oblique injury, according to mlb.com. Pitching wise for his third year as a Sun Devil, Davis went 4-1, with a 2.25 ERA, 4 saves, 20 strike outs, in 24 innings, 4 walks, and hit 94 miles per hour on the radar gun. He was also named On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player; the prior winners of that award were Barry Bonds, Paul Lo Duca, Dustin Pedroia, and Willie Bloomquist and received First All-Team Pac-10 honors for the third straight year.
The Total numbers for Davis in his college career were: .353, slugging percentage of .605, (1oth-best in ASU history). Davis had 159 runs scored (8th-best), 244 hits, 33 homers (5th), 69 doubles (second behind Dustin Pedroia), and 202 RBI’s (3rd). As far as taking the mound, Davis ended his college pitching campaign as a closer with a, 7-5 mark, recorded 4 saves, and struck out 78 overall in his career. Davis was a part of two Pac-10 championship teams, and went to the College World Series back in the 2007 ERA.
CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2005 from Scottsdale, Arizona and received four varsity letters from Coach Jerry Dawson. The Firebird mentality burned in Davis becoming a baseball powerhouse phenomena winning three straight Arizona 4a titles. The Firebirds combined for a, 95-8 mark through his sophomore and senior seniors–and named MVP for both the 2004 AFLAC All-American Game (Aberdeen, Md); and 2005 High School All-American Game (Albuquerque N.M.) and set some more astronomical numbers once again by delivering in the clutch with a .477 average (143-for-320) adding career-high records in doubles (48), third in RBI’s (106), and blasted 12 home runs.
What is more emphatic, or a freak of nature if you will was when Davis begin throwing the rock. He was untouchable with an unbeaten record of 23-0, a 1.85 ERA, and 14 saves in 57 career appearances. He set another high school record by fanning 213 batters in 174 innings pitched…during his senior year Davis hit .450, connecting with six homers and on the mound posted a, 5-0 record in saves. The Awards were just something that Davis kept on winning and winning as he was named Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All-American and ABCA/Rawlings second-team All-American–and first team All-Selection by the Arizona Republic AzBCA…and the East Valley Tribune…Baseball America Preseason All-American. According to teamonebaseball.com, Davis was named the No.39 high school prospect and the top prospect in the state of Arizona and the top prospect in the state of Arizona (Baseball America/Perfect Game); also Davis was nominated for No.2 high school first base prospect in the nation.
The junior year for Davis, he elevated his average to .420, with 3 homers, 33 runs batted in and was 8-0 with five saves and a 2.10 ERA. Awards just kept on mounting for the young talented prospect out of Scottsdale, Arizona–where in 2004 he received All-Tribune 4a Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-State in the Arizona Republic; and on top that accolade, Davis was named Arizona’s Mr. Baseball during his sophomore season by hitting: .559 going (57-102), adding 3 home runs, 32 RBI’s, posting another unbeaten record at 9-0, recording three saves and tallied up a 1.58 ERA. This is one resume that many baseball scouts, and all 30 teams in general would absolutely love. In the 2003 ERA, Davis was First-Team All-State in the Arizona Republic region and All-Tribune 4a-2a Player of the Year. Davis also teed up in the USA Baseball Youth National Team (2003) and Junior National Team (2004)…contributed for the YNT to a gold medal in Kaohsiung, Taiwan… combined to hit .404 going for (19-for-47) with nine doubles in two summers with Team USA…was the No.6 prospect at the 2004 Perfect Game National Showcase at Tropicana Field.
MINOR LEAGUES (2008-10):
In the meantime, Davis was assigned to Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones and just tore up the competition. The lumber has certainly been there for Davis, but his glove at first base gets completely overlooked. In essence, Davis only one error in 492 total chances, for a league leading .988 fielding percentage. He struggled offensively hitting at .265 without a home run in 58 games. ”Not hitting one home run in my first professional season,” Davis said, according to espn.go.com.
The fortunes turned into some positivism for the young slugger hitting first baseman. 2009 Davis started the year with the St. Lucie Mets, which plays in Florida State League, founded in 1988, and is the High-A Affiliate of the New York Mets major league club, the park estimates a capacity of 7,437 fan’s, and the team has won five Florida State League Championships (1988, 1996, 1998, 2003, and 2006). Davis hit .289 with 7 home runs in 59 games. He earned a promotion from the Double-A Binghamton Mets, where his numbers improved to; .309, 13 home runs, 41 RBI’s, and a .565 slugging percentage in half of a season. After the season concluded for Ike, the Mets assigned him to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .391–and named to the Arizona’s Fall League Rising All-Stars Game. September 2009, Davis played for the gold-medal-winning U.S.A. World Cup Team.
To start off the 2010 regular season, Davis was sent down to the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple AAA affiliate, and Davis had a break out numbers with a .364 average, a .500 on base percentage in 10 games. His minor league career Davis was a .288 hitter, a .371 on base percentage, and a .467 slugging percentage in 677 at-bats.
WELCOME TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES IKE DAVIS; NEW YORK METS (2010-Present): Starting off in spring training, Davis led the team with a .480 average and 3 homers. On April 19 2010, the Mets purchased Davis’ contract, and he only played 65 games in Single-A. He also made his debut on that day against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. His debut was a sign of good things to come for the New York Metropolitan’s as Davis had four at-bats, two hits, and one RBI facing off against Cubs starter Randy Wells–James Russell, who took the loss with an (0-1) mark. The Mets went on to win the game, 6-1, and veteran right-fielder Jeff Francoeur, slapped a shaving cream pie in his face, and the Mets had a record along with the Cubs both at 5-8.
Davis was so gifted with his slick-fielding glove at first in 3 0f the first 21 games, he made three spectacular memorable catches alongside the Mets railing: 1.) The first one came against the Chicago Cubs– when Oliver Perez took the mound in the top of the 1st inning and faced off against second baseman Jeff Baker with one out in a 0-0 tie; in the top of the first inning. Davis tumbles into the Mets dugout and somehow comes up with his first amazing catch of his big league Met Season back on April 21, 2010. The Mets ended up losing the game, 9-3…both squads sat at a 6-9 record off of a first pitch 88mph fastball.
2.) On May 7, 2010 the Mets faced the visiting San Francisco Giants. Francisco Rodriquez faced the powerful Pablo Sandoval–with the game being knotted at four apiece and runners were at first and third –and two out in the top of the ninth inning. Sandoval gets jammed on a 91mph fastball by K-Rod sitting at an 0-2 count. The ball was heading for foul territory to the right side, but Davis saved the Mets bacon to go to the bottom of the ninth inning. The Mets ended up winning this game, 6-4 making their record stand at, 16-13 as K-Rod pick up the win at a (2-0) mark.
3.) Third times the charm for the 23-yr-old. K-Rod takes the mound again against the visiting Washington Nationals and Amazing is the word to describe a hat-trick. Two outs were already recorded and the Mets just needed one more to get the W. Nationals slugger Ian Desmond gets beat on a 87mph fastball swinging at a favorable, 2-0 count, Davis falls into a swarm of Mets player’s, coaches/training staff and won the contest, 8-6. The game took place on May 12th, 2010.
On June 8, Davis experienced his first walk-off home run against Padres pitcher Edward Mujica, and prior to that he had 11 home runs during the All Star Break tied with Benny Agbayani (1999) for the second most by a Mets rookie. Only Ron Swoboda has the record at (15 in the 1965 ERA), according to sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. Davis statistics in his rookie year as a Met were: .264, 19 homers, 71 RBI’s, 73 runs scored, 33 doubles, 138 hits, started 147 games, 72 BB, 138 SO, on base percentage .351, slugging percentage .440, 230 total bases in 523 at-bats. Davis was second among National League rookies in doubles, runs, walks, extra base hits (53), on base percentage, and on base plus slugging .791. He was also third in RBIs, and slugging percentage, and third in home runs.
However, the 2011 regular season Davis hit .302, 39 hits, eight doubles, on base percentage .383, slugging percentage .543, 70 total bases, 31 SO, 25 RBIs, 20 runs scored, in 129 at-bats because Davis only started 36 games, due to a season ending lingering ankle injury that caused him to the miss the rest of the 2011 regular season, which turned out to be a crushing blow for the Mets overall organization, and fan’s.
According to washingtonpost.com, It said that Ike Davis is ready to go despite being diagnosed with a high valley fever and their quote: ”I feel great, and I don’t have any symptoms of it,” Davis said. ”I’m not coughing or throwing up blood and it’s not even hard to breathe. The doctor said I can play, but I can’t get fatigued.” The story was published on March 4 by the Associated Press as well.
Overall, the update on Davis came from sportsillustrated.cnn.com a day earlier (March 4, 2012 at 1:35 AM) saying that Davis took a physical, when he arrived at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Therefore, the exam showed an abnormal chest x-ray…but the Mets said that Davis had a lung infection–likely having the Valley Fever…will be giving some days off to avoid extreme fatigue, a symptom towards the disease and discovered the new diagnosis on Saturday night.
Also, the Mets organization released the following statement: ”Following additional tests here and in NYC, pulmonary, and infectious disease specialists have concluded that Ike has Valley Fever, which is expected to resolve over time,” the Mets said, according to sportsillustrated.cnn.com.
THE EARLY YEARS: Davis, who is half Jewish and not religious, his grandfather on his father’s side was a paratrooper, in the United States Army, who landed in France on D-Day in 1944 and later helped liberate one of the concentration camps; during the horrors of the World War II Holocaust ERA. Ron Davis brought home Millie a Jewish girlfriend became Ron’s wife and eventually Ike’s mother.
In April of 2010, Davis met with 30 members of an organization 3GNY, a New York City Organization, and told the story of how he became aware of his own family’s ordeal on his mother’s side.
”I thought it was really cool meeting with them and these people around my age are trying to keep alive the memory of their family and loved ones,” Davis said, according to nytimes.com. ”Maybe, people they never got to meet, so people never forget what happened.”
Dan Brooks, the founder of the group said the organization began with six people and grew up to 1,000, and also said that it meant a lot that Davis was willing to do this, according to nytimes.com. The mission was to educate people about the Holocaust telling stories of their families, and to provide a forum where the grandchildren of survivors can connect; and fight intolerance and ethnic violence wherever it existed.
He is the son of Ron and Millie Davis…has one older Ellie, and one sister Trace. Ron is a Baptist and his mother the youngest daughter of Bernard and Harriett Gollinger, is Jewish. Davis’s mother’s family was from Lithuania and a significant portion of it was murdered in the Holocaust…and learned about his family’s history by doing a family tree for school projects, according to bats.blog.nytimes.com, which was written by Dave Waldstein, posted on April 22, 2010, 9:56 PM. Davis said that his great-aunt on his mother’s side was a Holocaust survivor, who came to the United States, but Ike didn’t know much about his mother’s ancestors in Europe. ”She was the one who knew everything that happened,” he said. ”She was able to come to the United States, and she brought the story with her.”
During his spare time, Davis enjoys hunting and fishing…was a bat boy for the Phoenix Firebirds…and wore No.39 just like his father. According to charitybuzz.com, you and 2 guests will take a charting fishing trip with Mets first baseman Ike Davis the trip provided by Long Island Fishing Charters at the Long Island Sound. The charity is led by TV’s Northeast Angling, Captain Andy LoCascio, and it is to raise awareness and funds for Ewing’s Sarcoma research, in memory of friend Michael Lio. Proceeds will be donated to Solving Kids Cancer and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative and also benefits the Ike Davis Foundation.
”I Like Ike”
It was between the time of 1951-1952 has been called American ”Winter of Discontent,” according to eisenhowerinstitute.org. Americans were outraged by the stalemate in the Korean war with no clear end in sight and President Harry S. Truman would not commit to seek another term. ”Ike” was Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nickname in the spring of 1951 as a symbol of their hopes. Americans would parade around with their campaign signs saying ”I like Ike.” The slogan was created by Peter G. Peterson of Market Facts, and he would be the Secretary of Commerce working under Richard Nixon…as he did research on the campaign and more people wanted to talk about how they trusted Ike, but they didn’t want to describe their views on all of the overall issues.
When Ike Davis got big hit after big hit after big hit, the Met’s fan’s embraced him like their ”folk hero.” I went to Citi Field a few times during the 2010 year, and I believed it was a game against the Washington Nationals–where I went with my mother’s brother. It was a rainy and gloomy day outside and when Ike Davis stepped inside the batter’s box, the fan’s took out their signs chanting two different things: ”I like Ike,” and ”We like Ike.” I was sitting with my moms brother Pat in the Mezzanine section at Citi Field and it was about the middle row in the ballpark, and I couldn’t remember the date exactly.
The song that played every time when Davis squared up the baseball, was singer artist La Roux, who sang the song ”Bulletproof.” Yes, I understand that no one is bulletproof, but I believed that Ike had a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate. Perhaps, something like that and another great afternoon in the infield. I don’t recall entirely. The maxi and discipline he had at the plate when pitchers through fastballs and breaking ball stuff was absolutely unbelievable. The lyric I heard all day at the game was: ”This time baby I will be Bulletproof,” over and over again when Ike got on base. That day it felt like Davis was actually bulletproof.
The contract status for Davis is: prep-arbitration eligible, 1yr/$432K, and service time (o1/2012), 1.168 Arb Eligible: 2013, Free Agent: 2017, according to baseball-reference.com.
On the other hand, Davis starting off in the 2012 spring training exhibition has thus far hit .286, 1 run, 2 hits, 2 SO, on base percentage .444, slugging percentage .286, on base slugging .730, in seven at-bats by playing three games at the dish. If I had to compare Ike Davis to a similar first baseman, who played on the New York Metropolitans, it would be John Olerud. Olerud statics are a .295 average, 2,239 hits, 255 home runs, 1,230 RBI’s, 1,139 runs scored, 1,275 BB, on base percentage .398, slugging percentage .465, on base slugging .863, total bases 3,530 in 7,592 at-bats, playing in 2,234 consecutive games. What also makes them alike and very unique ball players is the big hits in the clutch, and the flashing of the leather to save insurance runs from scoring at the plate. Defense is the most underrated stat in the game because it doesn’t show on the scoreboard, but it wins games; and most importantly championships.
Thus far in the 2012 spring training, Davis hit .211, 12 hits, 7 runs, 10 RBI’s, 8 BB, 13 SO, OBP .303, SLG .404, OPS .707, 3 homers, playing 19 games, in 57 plate appearances. Davis connected yesterday on a solo home run to center field off of reliever Mark Montgomery as the Mets make an epic comeback by beating the New York Yankees, 7-6 at Port St. Lucie Florida. Montgomery suffers the loss giving him an (0-1) mark and by only throwing 4 pitches. Meanwhile, Justin Hampson (1-0) gets his first win of the Spring by pitching 0.2 innings, allowing one hit, and posting up a 13.50 ERA, and the Mets are (9-19) overall during the Spring.
The New York Metropolitans will take on the Atlanta Braves 1:10 Eastern Time. Tommy Hanson will take the hill for the Braves and last season Hanson was (11-7) with a 3.60 ERA, 130.0 IP, 106 hits, 55 runs, 52 ER, 46 BB, 17 HR, 142 SO, WHIP 1.169, and starting a total of 22 games. Hanson’s pitching line reads at (32-22), and he will enter his fourth season for Atlanta. As For the Amazin’s, Johan Santana will take the rock as he was named the Opening Day starter under Mets skipper Terry Collins. Santana will enter his 13th season after he recovered from shoulder surgery back in 2011 and being out for the season. His numbers in 2010 were (11-9), an ERA of 2.98, 199.0 IP, 179 hits, 67 runs, 66 ER, 16 HR’s, 55 BB, 144 SO, WHIP 1.176, 4 complete games, and starting 29 games total; and he has a record of 133-69 overall as a starter pitcher for the Mets and the Minnesota Twins.