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On this date exactly 10 years ago, in 2003, Baldwin Park’s J.J. Davis (Class of 1997) opened the bottom of the sixth for the Pittsburgh Pirates with a single to left field off of Florida Marlins reliever Nate Bump.

The Pirates scored the 5-0 victory.

Davis would be sent down by the Pirates and wouldn’t get another plate appearance until September 14th when he hammered the only home run of his MLB career. (Off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Rheal Cormier.)

The eighth overall selection in the 1997 Draft by the Pirates, Davis spent parts of four seasons in the Majors. He batted .179 with that home run and nine run batted it while playing for Pittsburgh and Washington.

His minor league career last nine years with a .263 batting average, 127 home runs, and 437 Rbis with stops in Erie, Augusta, Lynchburg, Hickory, Altoona, Nashville, Colorado Springs, and New Orleans.

In 74 at-bats as a senior with the Braves, Davis cranked eight home runs and hit .527 with 28 Rbis. His frame was 6-4, 250 and he could rev a fastball up to 95 on the gun. Even though he didn’t play football his senior year he was still offered a scholarship to play quarterback by the University of Oregon.

“His talents and abilities are limitless,” said then Baldwin Park baseball coach Mike Zimmerman.

“He hit two of the farthest home runs I’ve seen,” said then Rowland baseball coach Craig Snyder. “We have a two story house behind our fence in left-center field. He hit a home run over that house, and over the house behind that.”

J.D. Drew, Troy Glaus, Jason Grilli, and Vernon Wells were all taken before Davis and Lance Berkman was taken eight slots after him.

He retired after the 2005 season.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Do You Know Who This Guy Is?