Former Reds Friday – Eric Davis
Former Reds Friday is a series that showcases the travels of former Cincinnati Reds players.
In the mid-1980s Eric Davis was a superstar outfielder and power hitter who was quickly touted as “the next Willie Mays.”
He could have contended for the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player with 37 homers and 50 stolen bases, however he only played in 129 games because of injuries. A theme that would rob his potential and cut his career short.
In 1990 he battled through more injures to help the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series.
Davis’ body could not handle the punishment his aggressive playing style which including diving catches on the hard Riverfront Stadium AstroTurf and climbing the unpadded outfield wall.
After appearing in 89 contests the year after powering Cincinnati to the championship, Eric the Red was traded to his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers along with pitcher Kip Gross for hurlers Tim Belcher and John Wetteland.
The return home reunited him with childhood friend Darryl Strawberry, however the change of climate did not help Davis stay healthy. He hit only five home runs in 76 games during his first season in Dodger blue.
Davis rebounded in 1993 with 14 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 108 games before his was traded to the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31 for a player to be named later. The Tigers eventual dealt minor league pitcher John DeSilva to complete the deal.