Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis became the fourth player ever to hit more than 35 home runs in the first half of a season Saturday, but he's still three big flies shy of Barry Bonds' record.
With his 36th blast, Davis passed Ken Griffey Jr. and Luis Gonzalez, becoming the first player since Bonds in 2001 to hit 35 or more home runs before the All-Star break. Davis is only looking up at Mark McGwire (37 in '98), Reggie Jackson (37 in '69), and Bonds (39 in '01).
Davis just played his 94th game of the season, while Bonds set the record in 81.
The Orioles have just one game remaining before the All-Star break -- Sunday against the Blue Jays -- in which Davis would need to go deep three times to tie Bonds' mark. He'll face Toronto's Josh Johnson, who has allowed eight home runs in 11 starts this year. Davis is 0-for-2 in three career plate appearances against Johnson.
Davis, who is on pace for 61 home runs this year, would need a monster second half to threaten Bonds' single-season home run record of 73. The 27-year-old power hitter made some interesting comments recently, saying that he believes Roger Maris to be the real home run king because "he was the last guy to do it clean."
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Days later, Davis felt the need to deny ever taking performance-enhancing drugs, saying that "it sucks" he had to acknowledge it.
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Bonds is one of four San Francisco Giants to hit 30 or more home runs in the first half of a season, along with Willie McCovey, Kevin Mitchell and Matt Williams. Below is a chart of all 39 times in which an MLB player has reached the 30-home run plateau in the first half of a season since 1916: