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Chris Davis went 0 for 54. It was the longest hitless streak in MLB history. The Baltimore Orioles slugger reached absolute rock bottom in an unforgiving sport, and the Chris Davis streak was an outcome. 0-54. It boggles the mind.

But there is a lesson to learned here. First and foremost, it deals with Statcast and expected batting average. Even though Chris Davis did in fact go 0 for 54, everything isn't quite as it seems. Statcast reveals just how unlucky he was. We'll also talk about the Shift, and how it relates to Davis's struggles. What happened to Chris Davis? You may ask. I'll do my best to answer.

In this episode of Baseball Bits, a Foolish Baseball production, I'll also talk about the good aspects of this unique streak. Even though he went through the worst slump in MLB history, he had the security of the Chris Davis contract. The Orioles themselves weren't competitive. And Davis handled the whole thing with class and poise. It really is a one in a million life lesson, and I intend to showcase that.
All Plate Appearances from the streak:
Soundtrack by William Kage:

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    Foolish BaseballFoolish BaseballАй мурун
    • Hello, could you make a video on Patrick Sandoval at the end of this season. He has had a very interesting year, he got his first start because ohtani could get the the game in time, he got the most swings and misses in a game this year and almost threw a no hitter. Could be an interesting video.

      BelangerzBelangerzАй мурун
    • 1 in a million??? Well, I mean (and yes I Googled it... it wasn't hard to Google) only about 18,918 players have ever played in MLB. So I guess no other player ties or beats his record in the next 981,082 player appearances in the MLB, then yeah you're title would actually be accurate. I understand that "One in a Million" is kind of a phrase, but I mean... people usually only use it when it's even at least a little but accurate.

      billy fraiserbilly fraiserАй мурун
    • every time you said, but it didn't it triggered me to want to blank you.

      Ninety NineNinety NineАй мурун
    • question: what’s ur favorite team

      werxwerxАй мурун
    • @Foolish Baseball I highly recommend checking out Inside the Game by Keith Law - it goes into managerial and baseball decisions, and what they teach us about ourselves from a psychology and decision-making standpoint

      Noah DorfsmanNoah DorfsmanАй мурун
  • Love your channel, bro

    Ty SparksTy Sparks4 күн мурун
  • GEEZ! Poor guy looks like he's playing EA's The Show with the screw-the-player flag in the on position (except that's 30% chance not 1 in a million). That's insane.

    Victor TuberVictor Tuber5 күн мурун
  • cody bellinger will be second chris davis would you make the videos for cody too

    taufik .hidayattaufik .hidayat5 күн мурун
  • his swing looks so slow

    TeTe_TeTe_9 күн мурун
  • the damn shift I tell you

    Tony CTony C9 күн мурун
  • The streak could’ve ended right there is stuck in my head now

    Yaf ArefYaf Aref11 күн мурун

    Joshua PatrickJoshua Patrick12 күн мурун
  • Excellent video, I remember that run big time. You talk about the shift.... do the same for Matt Carpenter, poor guy

    Yee tomYee tom12 күн мурун
  • Poor guy, i hope he could become famous and better in baseball.

    DJSam CanoDJSam Cano12 күн мурун
  • Chris announced his retirement recently. Good luck with where your life takes you next, buddy!! You got this!

    doddsinododdsino15 күн мурун
  • Really not a fan of the booing. There are very few reasons to ever purposefully make someone feel like that in front of so many people and being in a slump is not one of them.

    TheRedGlint4427TheRedGlint442715 күн мурун
  • 😒 GOD BESS YOU |

    OxzyOxzy19 күн мурун
  • Alternative Title: “16 minutes of Chris Davis could have ended his streak….buuuuuuttt he didn’t”

    Kids SadeqiKids Sadeqi22 күн мурун
  • not only was he 0-54 but if you listen to what happened before the double, that's a 1-71 stretch

    Stephen DumeyerStephen Dumeyer22 күн мурун
  • He got the last laugh. Retired with a sweetheart Bobby Bonilla-esque type deal that will keep him paid annually for many years to come.

    W. DearthW. Dearth23 күн мурун
  • so since people like yo believe that jeter is somehow overrated can u make a video on that

    Chase WargoChase Wargo24 күн мурун
  • His issues imo, which is sht btw, but if anyone wanted to ask.... he had mind issues. Proper fundamentals, but he didn’t commit imo. A lot of those fat balls that out the fielders on the warning track looked like he didn’t even commit to slugging that ball out of the park. Also, he had no issues in the ground balls. He could have potentially made made some of those base runs with actual effort on the run. Rather than giving up before he was even tagged...

    MrGrombieMrGrombie25 күн мурун
  • lol didnt he cry abt barry bonds hr record

    VAK29VAK2925 күн мурун
  • But it didnt

    Ijwb SuspectIjwb Suspect25 күн мурун
  • Looks like he retired. What a crappy hitter

    Olaf The MightyOlaf The Mighty26 күн мурун
    • The fuck you mean "crappy hitter?"

      RussforMVP2021RussforMVP202120 күн мурун
  • Foolish can you do a Doc on the Indians Mariners game from Augist 5 2001 it would be amazing. Came back from 12 runs down with 9 outs left. Probably the most improbable comeback in a game ever.

    James ThaddeusJames Thaddeus27 күн мурун
  • You need to make a video about prime Miggy. Im actually amazed you havent

    DomDom28 күн мурун
  • I thought it was because of steroids but it was mostly the shift

    Brandon TozerBrandon Tozer28 күн мурун
  • Keep an eye out for Vogt on the Braves. He is fully capable of beating this streak.

    Paul S.Paul S.28 күн мурун
  • chris was a good guy and god player its just the addorall ban and the shift piked him royaly and he was unlucky asf

    Andy SochaAndy Socha28 күн мурун
  • You should do a Baseball Bits about the longest professional Baseball game. It is very easy to get lost in the perculiarness of the game, the factors on and off the field, and the players involved.

    LateForDinnerLateForDinner28 күн мурун
  • You should do a video on one-handed pitcher jim abbott!!

    Bob FisherBob Fisher28 күн мурун
  • He releases this and then Davies retires 3 weeks later

    William RuzzamentiWilliam Ruzzamenti28 күн мурун
  • "went yard" -- CRINGE

    John SmithJohn Smith28 күн мурун
  • 1:49 Is that braille on the jersey? Who thought that was a good idea lol

    Christoph5782Christoph578229 күн мурун
  • The Orioles only recently started looking at analytics. Explains a lot actially

    BenK2020BenK202029 күн мурун
  • We need a Field of Dreams game deep dive

    David SposatoDavid Sposato29 күн мурун
  • I hate the shift lol

    LB Twenty9LB Twenty9Ай мурун
  • That's some bad luck.

    Jane LamJane LamАй мурун
  • When I tell people that Davis is one of the most underrated players they look at me like I’m crazy… then I specify; Khris Davis with a K.

    Julian GJulian GАй мурун
  • Yeah, it is very frustrating that to hit well hit line drives right into the defensive shift resulting line outs, eg right into Nunez and Torres. Without the shift, these two balls in play will be base hits without a doubt, or maybe a double. I remember back in the day when he hits 53 homers in 2013. Later in his career he has declined terribly and consequently retiring from baseball.

    無雙同好討論頻道無雙同好討論頻道Ай мурун
  • I hope he enjoys his retirement. Sucks that he had to end it injured

    Terence HillTerence HillАй мурун
  • Chris Davis is an inspiration

    justnonejustnoneАй мурун
  • And now Chris is retired. I pray this won't be his legacy.

    Charm City GamerCharm City GamerАй мурун
  • This really hurt because we are still paying for Albert Belle:(

    One Punch FanOne Punch FanАй мурун
  • and now he retired

    thomasthomasАй мурун
  • I was at the game he ended the slump. Fenway gave him a standing ovation. It was hilarious.

    Jonny MarshallJonny MarshallАй мурун
  • As an intern for the then AAA Affiliate of the Giants i was offered new shoes that were a gift from Eugenio Velez. I declined lol.

    B GonzalezB GonzalezАй мурун
  • This video made Chris Davis retire no doubt

    DeePlays 9DeePlays 9Ай мурун
  • Commenting After Chris Davis has announced his retirement from the Baltimore Orioles. Hoping this video immortalizes this baseball anomaly.

    Evan S.Evan S.Ай мурун
  • Chris Davis is done now (aka retired) ooooooooof.

    Benjamin ShaoBenjamin ShaoАй мурун
  • Any one else here after he retired

    James GentileJames GentileАй мурун
  • He just announced his retirement yesterday. Gonna miss that adderall era lol

    Trey CherieTrey CherieАй мурун
  • He might be getting Booed but he still made 17 million so that's a W in my books

    Elg949Elg949Ай мурун
  • Damn foolish sent Chris Davis to the retirement home

    c0smicausticc0smicausticАй мурун
  • rube waddel

    Geraldine DempseyGeraldine DempseyАй мурун
  • do a video on the rube

    Geraldine DempseyGeraldine DempseyАй мурун
  • Every time I watch this channel I end playing Baseball Simulator 1000 afterwards... pick a super team and crush the yankees or red sox.

    Nick LanganNick LanganАй мурун
  • Foolish baseball made Chris Davis retire

    Logandak 15Logandak 15Ай мурун
  • Who’s here after he announced retirement?

    svdrsvdrАй мурун
  • could you do a video on Carter Capps everything abt his journey and especially his delivery seems like a cool video

    Raphael PosenRaphael PosenАй мурун
  • Well, there he goes. Chris Davis announced his retirement following hip surgery prior to the 2021 season. Thank you, Chris Davis.

    Daniel HamiltonDaniel HamiltonАй мурун
  • you killed him, you shot him out of mlb lol

    GKdunchGKdunchАй мурун
  • The dude just retired lol

    SeattleShermSeattleShermАй мурун
  • Just announced. Chris Davis retires from baseball. Let's not focus on the negatives. Let's remember his wild few years of slamming homers and his charity work.

    KurosakiHQKurosakiHQАй мурун
  • Who else is here after Davis announced his retirement today?

    Joe LeeJoe LeeАй мурун
  • Is it too soon to call Sabathia nostalgic? Dude was one of the best big bois to toss. Him and Bartolo Colon. You should do a video on the least athletic extremely successful athletes in baseball history.

    luckyjinxerluckyjinxerАй мурун
  • Coming back to this video to wish Chris a happy retirement!

    PaulPaulАй мурун
  • Chris Davis is retiring 😭 guy was a stud for majority of his career

    Pauly NunnzPauly NunnzАй мурун
  • How fitting. He announced his retirement today.

    MagicalBreadMagicalBreadАй мурун
  • He was so devastated by this video that he decided to retire. Damn, FB!

    William HarmonWilliam HarmonАй мурун
  • And he just retired.

    BZ Baseball and BasketballBZ Baseball and BasketballАй мурун
  • Who’s here after he retired?

    BsbhotcornerBsbhotcornerАй мурун
  • So sad to see the goat retire 😔

    Joey HudsonJoey HudsonАй мурун
  • Now hes retired.

    Huddle Latest MediaHuddle Latest MediaАй мурун
  • this is unfortunate timing

    Brian EmersonBrian EmersonАй мурун
    • I would say it's great timing.

      Foolish BaseballFoolish BaseballАй мурун
  • He just announced his retirement wow

    Mike HawkMike HawkАй мурун
  • Surprised he never changed his stances

    Crackedgaming #1Crackedgaming #1Ай мурун
  • But he didn’t

    Riley HallockRiley HallockАй мурун
  • that’s not unusual, just look at little league. plenty of kids without hits for way longer.

    Sami GBRSami GBRАй мурун
  • The unwritten run genotypically fax because velvet conceptually squeeze besides a efficacious spinach. unhealthy, nosy break

    Bridget RobinsonBridget RobinsonАй мурун
  • I was going to give a like until I heard how you said the word “folks”….. then I couldn’t. There’s no U in “folks”

    MilkmanMilkmanАй мурун
  • fds

    Uua tubeUua tubeАй мурун
  • 8:44 The probability is not calculated correctly. He's trying to show the chance of all 23 batted balls not being a hit, but the multiplication is of the probabilities that the batted balls "are" a hit. The resulting 1 in 1 000 000 probability is the probability of ALL of the batted balls being a hit. You should be multiplying together (1 - xBA) for each batted ball to get probability of none of the balls being a hit. This ends up being 1 in 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 or thereabouts (if all 23 xBAs are .900), so MUCH less probable than 1 in a 1 000 000 regardless, if you multiply any 23 probabilities, you're going to get a small number. It's very unlikely that 23 very likely things all happen, as shown by the math in this video.

    Jacob MimmsJacob MimmsАй мурун
    • I was multiplying together (1 - xBA). The multiplication shown aren''t xBA, they're 1 - xBA. The probability is calculated correctly.

      Foolish BaseballFoolish BaseballАй мурун
  • If you don’t like baseball start doing karate skills translate pretty well

    Elliot LeoneElliot LeoneАй мурун
  • LMAO the Baltimore boo was fucking amazing!

    KFCOrBustKFCOrBustАй мурун
  • youre so gay

    TwerkToSpecTwerkToSpecАй мурун
  • perfect perfect lineouts

    Cruz HaleCruz HaleАй мурун
  • We need a Salvador Perez baseball bits he is the anti Ted Williams

    Joseph JoestarJoseph JoestarАй мурун
  • Chris Davis needs to man up. I've gone 13 years without getting a Major League hit.

    Daniel HamiltonDaniel HamiltonАй мурун
  • good video. terrible baltimore accent haha

    gvipwjhiopjhf02098408fmngvipwjhiopjhf02098408fmnАй мурун
  • I love the nord vpn Segway

    Richard ReihlRichard ReihlАй мурун
  • i think Chris Davis may have broke a mirror at least it seemed like that

    Cameron BurkeCameron BurkeАй мурун
    • what do u think

      Cameron BurkeCameron BurkeАй мурун
  • So you’re telling me that Chris Davis led MLB in home runs from 2012-2016 and Khris Davis led MLB in home runs from 2016-2018

    Dylan GeckDylan GeckАй мурун
  • Throughout this video Davis is swinging like he doesn't even want to play.

  • chris davis is being paid till he’s 51

    pregoatskipregoatskiАй мурун
  • 3:32 *one out

    A.B.A.B.Ай мурун
  • Can you make a video on some forgotten players? Like Grady Sizemore

    Zac Smith-TulinoZac Smith-TulinoАй мурун
  • Dude has been solid in spring training in recent years, just been struggling with injuries. he got his confidence back and then it all shut down again. i doubt he will be back again although not at his ability but rather injury

    Bailey SmithBailey SmithАй мурун
  • Cool video

    Terrifying TurtlesTerrifying TurtlesАй мурун
  • Interesting and cogent analysis as always. Have you ever thought about doing a video on the early 2010s SF Giants? They're stereotyped as this mediocre offensive team that was carried by its pitching. This could be true, but I wonder if the analytics tells a different story because they won 3 rings in 5 years with this strategy.

    Declan HarrisDeclan HarrisАй мурун
  • My road to show player has done worse

    Jared JohnsonJared JohnsonАй мурун
  • "The streak could've ended right there!" The sentence of the video

    Elie MichaudElie MichaudАй мурун
  • holy shit i didn’t think youtube videos could get this bad

    Andrew SundayAndrew SundayАй мурун