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Baltimore Orioles fans should give first baseman Chris Davis some more slack in 2020. Davis — who is derided in Baltimore for his lucrative contract — made a record-breaking donation to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on Monday.
Davis and his wife, Jill, donated $3 million to the hospital. That set a record for the biggest donation ever from a Baltimore athlete.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and his wife Jill today gave $3 million to the University of Maryland’s Children’s Hospital, with an eye toward fighting congenital heart disease.
It is the largest donation from a Baltimore sports figure ever given to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/qCe03a0zEh
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) November 4, 2019
The 33-year-old Davis signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles prior to the 2016 season. Davis has struggled since signing that deal, posting a .198/.294/.385 slash line over the past four seasons.
That performance has made Davis the subject of scorn and ridicule in Baltimore. Davis didn’t help his case by going hitless for a lengthy stretch at the beginning of the 2019 season.
Davis is still owed $63 million over the next three seasons, so those jeers won’t stop any time soon. Still, Davis’ donation should buy him some goodwill with Orioles fans. It’s much harder to boo a guy if you know he cares about helping sick children.
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