Ike Davis’ agent has announced Davis’ retirement. That he wasn’t already retired may be surprising to you as he has not appeared in the big leagues since August of 2016, but nope, it wasn’t official yet.
Davis last played pro ball of any kind in the Dodgers’ minor league system back in 2017. There he was even tried out as a pitcher in the minors, with at least some thought about turning him into a two-way player. That didn’t take, he never found his hitting groove and that was basically that.
Davis was a top prospect for some time — he was the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2008 — but injuries and illness derailed his career at various points. He ended up playing parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, putting together a .239/.322/.414 career batting line and hit 81 homers over 665 games.
Most of those games came with the Mets. He would play with the Pirates, Athletics and Yankees as well. Before his minor league stint with Los Angeles he played for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Happy trails, Ike.