Orioles' Chris Davis now tied for second-most HRs ever in first half

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On Sunday, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis did a very familiar thing ...

Like the man says, that's Chris Davis' 37th homer of the first half, and that puts him in very exclusive company. In fact, Davis is now tied with Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1998) for the second-most homers ever by the All-Star break. The leader, not surprisingly, is Barry Bonds with 39 in 2001. It must be noted that Davis required more games to reach his mark (95) than did any of his peers.

How did things go in the second half for Davis' fellow travelers? It's a mixed bag. Bonds tallied 34 after the break as part of his record-setting season, and McGwire hit 33 (also a record-setting season at the time). However, Jackson managed just 10 in what was much more of a pitcher's era than the late 1990s/early "aughts." Also, keep mind that -- as implied above -- Davis is going to have fewer games left to reach any hallowed marks.

Regardless of how things play out, though, it has been one heck of a first half for Davis.

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