Former Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis retires from baseball

May 14, 2024, 8:00 AM

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 13: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics salutes the dugout as he rounds the ...

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“Khrush” Davis is calling it a career.

Khris Davis, an outfielder and designated hitter who played nine MLB seasons from 2013-21, announced his retirement from baseball over the weekend during an interview with USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale.

The 36-year-old spent six of his nine big-league seasons with the Oakland Athletics, where he was the team’s leading home run hitter during that period. Davis posted three consecutive seasons with 40+ home runs and 100+ RBI from 2016-18, securing MVP votes in 2017 (22nd) and 2018 (8th).

Over 637 games with Oakland, Davis hit .240 with 159 home runs, 555 hits, and 423 RBI while acting as a force in the middle of an Athletics lineup that made postseason appearances from 2018-20.

Davis’ 159 home runs are the most by an A’s player since the start of the 2003 season.

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While Davis’ baseball days are over, the former slugger has turned his attention to a new craft: cars.

In his interview with Nightengale, Davis shared his next career move as he turns in his batting gloves and Louisville slugger for a tool box.

“There was no more opportunity for me in baseball,” Davis tells USA TODAY Sports, “so it took a lot of searching of who I was outside baseball. I’m still young. I didn’t want to just sit at home.”

Davis, 36, attended the Arizona Automotive Institute for a year, graduated a few weeks ago and soon will be applying to car dealerships and mom-and-pop shops as a mechanic.

“It was a challenge because I didn’t even know how to change a tire before going to school,” Davis says over lunch. “I loved cars, but didn’t know what to expect. I knew I was going to be behind. I just dedicated myself to it.”

“I’m going to get a job after the summer and family vacations are over. I’ll be an entry-level tech doing tires, oils and lubes, everything. I’d love one day to do tune-ups on street racing cars, customization, restoration, just to be part of a club and go to car shows and just enjoy that scene.”

Khris Davis to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale – May 12, 2024

Upcoming schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Monday, May 13th-Thursday, May 16th – @ Houston Astros
  • Friday, May 17th-Sunday, May 19th – @ Kansas City Royals
  • Tuesday, May 21st-Thursday, May 23rd – vs. Colorado Rockies
  • Friday, May 24th-Sunday, May 26th – vs. Houston Astros
  • Tuesday, May 28th-Thursday, May 30th – @ Tampa Bay Rays

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