COMMENTARY | At the midway point of baseball season, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles is taking the nation by storm. Davis is single-handedly proving that you don't have to be an initial star to become one in your sport. If you follow Davis' story, there's a player on the Carolina Panthers that could possibly identify with the All Star slugger.
Davis came into the MLB with the Texas Rangers in 2006. The next year, the Rangers traded their starting first baseman, Mark Teixeira, giving Davis a chance to step up and gain some time on the club's major league roster the next season. Davis produced a lackluster career with Texas and bounced around their farm system before finally being traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2011. The significance of that? The Orioles manager, Buck Showalter, was with the Rangers when they were scouting Davis. He saw potential in the young slugger and saw a hole on his team at first base. It was like a match made in heaven.
Now, just a year and a half since the trade, Davis is cranking homers left and right for the O's and making baseball relevant again in Baltimore.
Now who on the Carolina Panthers could this be? Insert Domenik Hixon.
Hixon spent four games with the Denver Broncos and four and a half seasons with the New York Giants before coming to the Carolina Panthers. Playing behind guys like Victor Cruz and Hakeen Nicks lately, Hixon hasn't really gotten the chance to shine. His best season was last year when Nicks was hurt. Hixon recorded 39 receptions for 567 yards and 2 touchdowns. His career in New York wasn't really off the charts. He did win two Super Bowl rings, though.
When Hixon was in New York, David Gettleman was in the Giants' front office. Gettleman has since come to Carolina in the form of their new general manager. With him, Gettleman has brought linebacker Chase Blackburn and Hixon. Gettleman knows exactly what Hixon can bring to the table and he knows that he's seen a team full of winners. That's what Gettleman is trying to instill into his new team.
Hixon provides many of the things that Davis provides to the Orioles. He provides a will to win, home run power, and a connection with the new man in charge. Is it possible this move could work out the same way for the Panthers as it did for the Orioles?
Matt is a graduate of WVU. He covers the Washington Wild Things and D2 sports for Pittsburgh Sporting News, WVU football for Ohio Valley Athletics, and anything WVU for Pros Report / WVU Pros. You can follow him on Twitter @Welch1048.
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