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1 on 1s With Ike Davis and Eric Chavez

by Amit Badlani, John DeMarzo

Michael Baron -

WFUV Reports from Mets and Yankees Camp

Ike Davis started out his 2011 season as an MVP candidate. In just 36 games, he hit 7 homers, drove in 25 runs, and was hitting with a consistent .302 average. Then, an infield collision with David Wright and injury mis-management cost him the rest of the season.

Amit asked Davis about what he did over the off-season (which included watching Tebow's Broncos), working with Daniel Murphy in the infield, and his goals for the season.

In Yankees camp, John talked to guy who was drafted out of high school with the tenth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in 1996. At that time, Eric Chavez looked he was going to be a superstar. From 2000 to 2003, Chavez drove 121 homers for the Athletics, driving in 100 runs three times, never hitting below .275, and winning three Gold Gloves during that span.

Unfortunately, injuries wrecked what looked like a promising career, as from 2006 to 2010, the number of games he appeared in dwindled from 137 to 90 to 23 to just 8 in 2009. After playing in 33 games in 2010, Oakland let Chavez go and he latched on with the Yankees last February.

Chavez signed a minor-league contract but made the major-league roster, and was off to a good start, hitting .303 before injuring his foot on May 5th in Detroit. Sidelined until late July, he wasn't the same player, hitting just .252. Despite his injury history, the Yankees re-upped him for the 2012 season.

John spoke to Eric about the return of Andy Pettitte, how he is preparing for spring training this go-around, and what he thinks of this year's team.


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