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Friday, July 9, 2021

Tim Davis enjoyed playing baseball, then got injured; Played four seasons, made high-A

Tim Davis hoped he'd be hitting better. He also found himself a little homesick, something he recognized as normal for his first pro season, he told his hometown paper The Southern Illinoisan in July 1990.

But the road trips in the short-season New York-Penn League? He didn't mind them, he told The Southern Illinoisan.

I've heard a lot of bad things about the bus rides, but it's not that bad," Davis told The Southern Illinoisan. "I enjoy playing baseball."

Davis went on to play baseball professionally over four seasons. He made high A, but injuries ultimately ended his career.

Davis' career began in 1990, taken by the Red Sox in the 36th round of the draft out of Southern Illinois University. He was also credited as Timothy Davis.

Davis started with the Red Sox at short-season Elmira. He got into 59 games as an infielder and hit .236. Upon his arrival, The Elmira Star-Gazette called the second baseman "a real gamer who can play shortstop as well."

He moved to high-A Winter Haven for 1991. He got into 88 games there and hit .230. But then he ran into a shoulder injury and underwent rotator cuff surgery. He missed the first half of the 1992 season.

"I'm anxious about it ... nervous a little bit, too," Davis told The Southern Illinoisan in early July. "But I'm ready to go."

Davis played in the rookie Gulf Coast League and back at Elmira. In 37 games, he hit .297. He then returned for time in one more season, in 1993. He played four games at high-A Fort Lauderdale to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,691
Made the Majors:1,256-34.0%
Never Made Majors:2,435-66.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:522
10+ Seasons in the Minors:309

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