Wade Davis (baseball)

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10+23 innings pitched. This performance earned him the 2015 Babe Ruth Award, recognizing Davis as the most valuable player in the MLB postseason.

2016

On July 5, Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm strain. [13] On November 4, 2016, the Royals picked up Davis's option for the 2017 season. [14]

Chicago Cubs

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Davis pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 2017

On December 7, 2016, the Royals traded Davis to the Chicago Cubs for Jorge Soler. [15] Davis was selected as the only Cub representative to the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He gave up a game-winning tenth inning home run to Robinson Canó. [16]

On August 29, 2017, Davis set the Chicago Cubs franchise record with his 27th consecutive save. [17]

In Game 5 of the 2017 National League Division Series, he tied a Division Series record with 3 saves which tied Aroldis Chapman. But he tied a record by getting one in each of his 3 opportunities; matching Dennis Eckersley's feat in the 1996 National League Division Series.

Colorado Rockies

Davis signed a three-year, $52 million contract with the Colorado Rockies on December 29, 2017. [18]

2018

In his first season in Colorado, Davis led the NL in saves with 43. He ended the season with a 4.13 ERA, his highest ERA since 2013. He struck out 78 batters in 65+13 innings.

2019

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Davis pitching for the Colorado Rockies in 2019

He was placed on the disabled list on May 22, 2019 with a left oblique injury. [19] He was removed from the closer role on August 2. At the end of the season, Davis put out the worst season of his career, posting a 8.65 ERA in 50 games. In 42+13 innings, he struck out 42 batters while inducing 29 walks.

On December 21, 2019, he was named as one of the two closers for All-Decade second team of 2010's with Kenley Jansen. [20]

2020

Davis began the shortened season as the Rockies closer but after blowing saves within a week he was removed from the role. On September 19, 2020, Davis was designated for assignment by the Rockies. He had allowed 10 runs in under 5 innings. [21] Davis was released by the Rockies on September 21. [22]

Kansas City Royals (second stint)

On January 20, 2021, Davis signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals organization. [23] On March 28, 2021, Davis was selected to the 40-man roster. [24] Davis pitched in 40 games for the Royals in 2021, going 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 38 strikeouts. He became a free agent following the season.

On November 24, 2021, Davis announced his retirement. [25]

Pitch selection

As a starter, Davis threw five pitches (four-seam fastball, cut fastball, curveball, slider and changeup). As a relief pitcher, he has relied primarily on three pitches: a four-seam fastball in the 95–98 MPH range (topping out at 99 MPH), a cut fastball that averages 92–93 MPH, and a knuckle curve in the mid-80s that he started throwing in 2013. [26]

Personal life

Davis is the second-cousin of former Major League Baseball player Jody Davis. [27] Wade Davis married long-time girlfriend, Katelyn Casey, in November 2009 in her hometown of Marlboro, New York. The couple has two children and three dogs.

The couple run a non-profit organization called "Full Kount", which benefits children age 18 and younger who use sports as a positive influence in their lives.

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Wade Davis
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Davis with the Colorado Rockies in 2018
Pitcher
Born: (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 (age 36)
Lake Wales, Florida
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2009, for the Tampa Bay Rays
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 2021, for the Kansas City Royals