The Orioles' Chris Davis is chasing Barry Bonds' single-season home run record, but he isn't giving the former Giants' slugger much respect.
In a radio interview on Thursday, Davis said he still considers Roger Maris to be the single-season home run king.
"I do and the reason being, he was the last guy to do it clean," Davis said. "There’s a lot of things that have been said about the guys who have come after him and have achieved the record, but I think as far as the fans are concerned, they still view Maris as being the all-time home run record [holder] and I think you have to."
Davis currently leads the major leagues with 32 home runs and is on pace to hit 60 this season, which would be one shy of Maris' total, set in 1961, and 13 shy of Bonds' mark.
Maris' record stood for almost four decades until Mark McGwire hit 70 in 1998. Bonds surpassed that mark three years later, hitting 73 homers in 2001.
Maris currently sits seventh on the single-season home run leaders list. McGwire hit 65 homers the year after his record-setting 1998 season, and Sammy Sosa hit more than 61 three times (66 in 1998, 63 in 1999, and 64 in 2001). McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds have all been linked to performance-enhancing drugs.