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25 years ago Sunday, the O's traded for Glenn Davis. Fans never really wanted him.

Brewers shortstop Pat Listach puts the tag on the Orioles' Glenn Davis after Davis fell down between second and third base during the fourth inning May 22, 1993.
Brewers shortstop Pat Listach puts the tag on the Orioles' Glenn Davis after Davis fell down between second and third base during the fourth inning May 22, 1993.(The Baltimore Sun)

In the Dec. 20, 1990, edition of The Sun, a reader prompt ran in the Sports section:

"The Orioles have talked with the Houston Astros about a possible trade that would involve first baseman Glenn Davis, who's 29 and eligible for free agency after the 1991 season. The Astros reportedly have mentioned first baseman Randy Milligan, righthanders Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling, outfielder Steve Finley and top lefthanded prospect Arthur Rhodes in the talks. Davis hit 22 home runs in 327 at-bats last season and 34 the season before. Since he won't come cheaply, the question is, should the Orioles trade several young players for him?"

On Jan. 10, 1991, as you well know, the Orioles did trade for Davis, sending future All-Stars Harnisch, Schilling and Finley for a player who suffered a freak shoulder injury in his first spring with the Orioles and never lived up to his reputation as a National League powerhouse.

The Baltimore Sun's Sports page on Jan. 11, 1991, after the Orioles traded for Glenn Davis.
The Baltimore Sun's Sports page on Jan. 11, 1991, after the Orioles traded for Glenn Davis.(Baltimore Sun)

What you might not well know is that readers strongly opposed the move. Nearly two-thirds of respondents to "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's nonscientific phone survey on topical issues, said the club should "stick with its youth movement."

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Reported the Sun on Dec. 21, 1990: "Of 568 callers, 378 (66.5 percent) said trading the likes of Randy Milligan, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley is too steep a price for Davis, who says it would take a five-year $25 million deal to keep him in Houston. [Editor's note: Davis ultimately signed a club-record $3.275 million contract for 1991.] The other 190 callers (33.5 percent) said the Orioles should acquire Davis, who has hit a total of 56 home runs the last two seasons."

Remember: Always trust your gut. Even when nonscientific phone surveys will no longer ask you about it.

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