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Former Lobos coach proud of Chris Davis


Former Longview baseball coach Joe Kalmus has seen the power of Chris Davis first hand.

"Every day that light poll in right field was one of his goals to put a ball over the light poll during batting practice," said Kalmus.  "He could do it and I was always throwing. I would turn and say are you kidding me?"

Hitting 20 home runs as a Longview Lobo, Davis has always swung for the fences.

"We never made Chris bunt," said Kalmus with a laugh.  "He was always swinging. He could change the game with one pitch."

Dr. James Nichols knows all too well. Nichols used to throw batting practice to Davis.

"He (Davis) had power in high school that most pro players won't ever see," said Nichols.  "He hit one back at me, that I wouldn't be sitting here if I hadn't (moved). Pitchers have that instinctual protection going on. I got my glove up and a piece of it. My hand probably still hurts from that. He hit my foot one day with a grounder. Some of the hardest hits I've ever seen."

Fortunately for Nichols, Davis is now crushing major league pitching.

In the past season and a half, the man known as 'Crash' has hit 70 home runs, becoming an American League all star.

"I'm getting goose bumps right now," said Kalmus.  "The day a high school coach can have a former player make the big leagues is special. But then to have someone make the all star team. I guess he didn't need my 25 votes, but he got over 8 million votes, I can't describe it.

Kalmus predicts more fireworks from Davis after the all star break.

"Nobody in the American League has hit 60 home runs since Roger Maris," said Kalmus.  "I think that's something Chris is going to this year and it's going to be special."

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