Chili Davis

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Charles Theodore Davis

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charles T. Davis got the nickname Chili, when a bad haircut in sixth grade prompted a friend to ask "How'd the barber cut your hair? With a chili bowl?" and the name stuck. He used to be listed he first Jamaican to play in Major League Baseball, but that changed in 2020 when the Negro Leagues were given MLB status and Oscar Levis took over the slot.

Davis was signed as an 11th round pick in the 1977 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants and scout George Genovese.

Chili's strength was his endurance. He didn't hit as many as 25 home runs in a season until he'd been in the majors over a decade and he was 33 before he drove in 100 RBI in a season. Nevertheless, he lasted for 19 seasons, and had 400+ at-bats in 16 of them.

Chili never had a seasonal Adjusted OPS+ over 150 (his best, 148, was third in the league in 1984), but he was consistently above average as a hitter. He never led the league in any major hitting category, but he was consistent year after year with around 20 home runs and a batting average that was typically above the league average. Both his career home run total and his career RBI total put him in the top 80 of all time (as of October 2007).

In 2011 Davis became the hitting coach of the Pawtucket Red Sox, then was hired by the Oakland Athletics to occupy the same functions with the major league team in 2012. He stayed in the position for three seasons before rejoining the Boston Red Sox organization in 2015, this time as hitting coach of the major league team. He was let go, along with manager John Farrell, after the 2017 season. In 2018, he joined the Chicago Cubs as hitting coach but was let go after the season. In 2019, he joined the New York Mets coaching staff, again as hitting coach. He was dismissed on May 3, 2021, alongside assistant hitting coach Tom Slater.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Carrie Muskat: "Davis bringing new plate 'mentality' to Cubs: New hitting coach working closely with Heyward on swing",, January 13, 2018. [1]

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