Chris Davis won’t be on Orioles’ roster for ALCS

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We heard earlier this week that Chris Davis was unlikely to be on the Orioles’ roster for the ALCS against the Royals and manager Buck Showalter made it official in his comments to the media this afternoon.

Davis is not eligible to return from his 25-game amphetamine suspension until Game 6 of the ALCS. In other words, if the Orioles were to include him on their roster, they would have to play one man short for the first five games of the series. This decision might have been a little tougher if the Orioles needed five games to get past the Tigers in the ALDS, as Davis would have been eligible to return for Game 4 of the ALCS, but it just doesn’t make much sense in this case.

While Davis will not be active, he will be with the team during the ALCS. However, he will not be allowed to sit on the bench during the games. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Showalter said today that Davis will be considered for the World Series roster if the Orioles make it past the Royals.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and a .704 OPS in 127 games this season prior to his suspension.

Evan Gattis says he is ‘done playing’ baseball

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In a recent appearance on the 755 Is Real Podcast, hosted by The Athletic’s David O’Brien and former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty, catcher Evan Gattis confirmed he is “done playing” baseball. Gattis said back in October that he didn’t have any desire to continue playing the game, so this news comes as no surprise.

Gattis, 33, hit .226/.284/.452 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI for the Astros in 2018. The Astros did not extend him a qualifying offer, then $17.9 million. Though reporting on specific offers is scant, it is hard to imagine he received zero offers, or would have received zero offers if he were still interested in playing.

Gattis has one of the more interesting stories out there. He was a well-regarded college baseball prospect, but he battled anxiety and substance abuse. He checked into rehab and, temporarily, abandoned his baseball-related pursuits. Gattis eventually resumed playing college baseball but suffered an injury, prompting him to drop out of college. He went on to take on some not-so-glamorous jobs, including working in a pizza shop, as a parking valet, a ski-lift operator, and a janitor. Gattis battled more mental health issues, suffering from insomnia and depression, resulting in suicidal ideation. He checked into an inpatient psychiatric ward for several days. Afterwards, Gattis roamed around the west coast, going from Colorado to New Mexico to California to Wyoming.

In 2010, Gattis returned to baseball, playing for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He performed rather well, resulting in his being drafted by the Braves in the 23rd round that year. He worked his way through the minors quickly, debuting in the majors in 2013. The rest, as they say, is history. Gattis retires with a career .248/.300/.476 batting line along with 139 home runs, 410 RBI, and 299 runs scored over 2,662 trips to the plate.

The story of Gattis is an important one because mental health in general was not taken seriously, especially among men. It still isn’t, to a large degree, but it’s better now than it was 10 years ago. Due to social taboos and gender norms, men are much less likely to seek help for mental health issues. That Gattis — a burly avatar of testosterone — was willing to be vulnerable about his struggles with his mental health was important.