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Baltimore bar offering free shots whenever Chris Davis gets a hit

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of all-time. He’s batting .150/.227/.227 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 229 plate appearances. In the post-integration era (post-1946), the only player who qualified for the batting title and finished with an OPS under .500 is Hal Lanier, who had a .461 OPS for the 1968 Giants and a .494 for the ’67 Giants. The 19-47 last-place Orioles don’t seem to have any impetus to cut Davis’ playing time, either.

To help cope with the pain, a Baltimore bar is offering free shots whenever Davis gets a hit, Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun reports. The bar is called Bartenders Pub, located at 2218 Boston Street. The shot is called a Dr. Pepper shooter, which is a mix of amaretto and Miller High Life beer in Pony bottles.

Dana Coker, one of the owners of the bar, said, “Baseball season for us is big business. With the team not doing so well, it’s affected our business. We just can’t seem to do any specials that encourage people to come to the bar and watch baseball with us.” Coker added, “We’re just trying to give people a reason to come out and watch the games again.”

Davis, 32, is under contract with the Orioles through 2022, earning $23 million per season. Davis inked the seven-year deal after a tremendous 2015 campaign during which he led the majors with 47 home runs. He had 38 home runs and a respectable .792 OPS in 2016 before his production began to fall off. It remains to be seen how the Orioles will handle his playing time next season and beyond.

Report: Joe Girardi withdraws from consideration as Reds’ next manager

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Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has reportedly withdrawn his name for consideration in the Reds’ managerial search, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Girardi was considered the frontrunner for the position, but elected to keep his current gig as an MLB Network analyst for the foreseeable future.

The 54-year-old skipper holds a lifetime 988-794 record in 11 years with the Marlins and Yankees. He cut his teeth on the Marlins’ 2006 season, during which the team skidded to a fourth-place finish in the NL East, then helped the Yankees to 10 consecutive winning records and a World Series title. While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds that Girardi “absolutely wants to manage again,” it’s unclear when and with whom he might choose to do so.

Without Girardi, the Reds still have several candidates left in play, not the least of whom is retired MLB third baseman David Bell. Bell previously served as the Reds’ Double-A and Triple-A manager from 2008-2012 and racked up a cumulative 227-332 record during that span. His resume also includes several coaching positions with the Cubs and Cardinals, and most recently, a role as VP of player development for the Giants in 2018. As Rosenthal points out, however, the 46-year-old coach is hardly a lock for a managerial spot with the Reds, as he’s also made a strong impression on the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Giants this fall.