Remember Eugenio Velez? Of course you do.
Diehard Giants fans know the name, but Orioles first baseman Chris Davis surely wishes he never had to hear it.
Going into Tuesday's slate of games, Davis is 0-for-28 to start the 2019 season. Dating back to 2018, it gets even worse. Historically worse.
Davis is now hitless in his last 49 at-bats, the longest streak in MLB history. How is he connected to Velez? The record of futility breaks the former Giants utility player's streak of 46-straight hitless at-bats.
Velez began his streak at the end of the 2010 season as a member of the Giants. He went hitless in his final nine at-bats that year and then continued the streak for 37 more at-bats in 2011 as a Dodger.
He never recorded a hit with the Dodgers and never made it back to the major leagues.
Velez last played in the majors in 2011, finishing the season 0-for-37. He hit .256 over four years as a Giant and made $1,210,000 in his major league career.
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Davis, on the other hand, is making $23 million in this season alone. He signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Orioles before the 2016 season.
Since signing his megadeal, Davis has hit .199 with 621 strikeouts in 422 games.
Eugenio Velez, #ForeverGiant.
The 49ers on Monday placed cornerback Chris Davis on injured reserve and signed former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback JaCorey Shepherd to a two-year deal, the club announced.
Davis sustained a torn ACL in his right knee Thursday night in the 49ers’ 33-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a league source told CSNBayArea.com. Davis was injured on a kickoff return in the third quarter. He also served as one of the team’s nickel backs.
Shepherd, who is listed at 5 foot 11, 199 pounds, has a history with 49ers coach Chip Kelly.
The Kansas product was a sixth-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2015. He was originally considered a candidate to play the nickel position for the Eagles. But Shepherd missed his entire rookie season due to a torn ACL in his right knee, which he sustained during training camp. He returned to the Eagles this summer for training camp. The club released him on Sept. 3. Shepherd signed with the Eagles’ practice squad to open the season and was waived on Sept. 27.
Davis appeared in four games and recorded two tackles and a half-sack.
Cornerback Jimmie Ward, who opened the season as the starter, is expected to be out of action through the bye week with a right quadriceps injury. Tramaine Brock and Rashard Robinson have started the past two games at cornerback with Keith Reaser playing the nickel position on passing downs.
Rookie Will Redmond, a third-round draft pick, is also on injured reserve, but he is strong candidate to return at some point this season.