MESA, Ariz. -- Khris Davis remains one of the most influential bats in the A's lineup. And not just because of his long-ball potential.
Teammates bookending him in the lineup also typically see better pitches when “K.D.” is leaving the yard at a frequent clip.
The designated hitter is ready to put a rough 2019 behind him in order to get back to being the feared masher he was in the previous three seasons.
Davis is a rare interviewee, but this Q&A gave us a great chance to get to know him better at spring training.
NBC Sports Bay Area: Teammate you would trust most to babysit your children?
Khris Davis: Oh, man. I’ll go with [Matt] Chapman. Because he’s actually really good with kids.
How many times can you wear the same jeans without washing them?
I’d say as soon as they get dirty. So probably five times. You’re supposed to wear them until they get dirty.
If you could clone yourself, what would you make that clone do?
Go to school ... finish up my school.
The bat you use, why did you choose it?
I got that model from [A’s coach] Mark Kotsay actually -- he gave it to me. I was in the minor leagues with the [Milwaukee] Brewers, He was a major leaguer at the time. The first time I used it, I hit a home run, and I fell in love. It’s an L162, kind of a custom model. 34 Inches, 31.5 ounces.
Were you named after anybody?
Best smell of baseball season?
I’ll say the baseball or leather. I like the leather smell.
Can you still write in cursive?
Yes. I don’t personally choose to, but I can.
Teammate you would assume spends the most time personal grooming?
I hope it’s not me, with the braids, high maintenance. I’ll go with [Chad] Pinder, but there’s a lot of choices. Everybody in there takes care of themselves.
Only one breakfast for the rest of your life, what’s on that plate?
If you were a media member covering the A’s spring training, what would your No. 1 story be?
I’m not sure. It’s been a quiet offseason -- maybe that’s the story? There it is!
Amount of time on average you spend preparing for the opposing pitchers?
I like to time him up on deck. I like to watch a little video. Nothing excessive, including batting practice. I’d say probably 30 minutes. It’s nothing crazy, I’m not like a studier. I just want to see different things, like his release, his arm angle, and see what his stuff does.
Can MLB players be friends with their coaches?
Yeah, absolutely. I am friends with all of our coaches.
One MLB player you’d be a fan of if you didn’t play?
I like hitters. [Cody] Bellinger is pretty nasty.
Best way to split a lunch or dinner tab with a teammate? We’re told you’re pretty generous?
I do offer to pay, but hopefully, somebody is there to pick me up and join. Share maybe? The veterans should take care of the younger guys, obviously, but it’s nice if there’s multiple veterans, right?