“The Cruelty of Chris Davis’s Record Hitless Streak,” The New Yorker: The options now are all pretty grim. The Orioles could release Davis, paying him a salary to go away. Davis could quit, taking the drastic step of forfeiting nearly a hundred million dollars, which he is still owed. Or he could agree to go to the minor leagues — per his contract, he can’t be demoted by the team without his consent — and there try to discover something that might lead to a return to form. Yet it’s hard to see what exactly he might do to get better. Some of his drop-off is a result of the increasing use of defensive shifts against him; as a dead-pull hitter, he’s had hits taken away by fielders stacked on the right side of the infield. As a viewer, it’s maddening to see a player continue to hit into the shift while there is a gaping hole on the other side — but it’s harder than it looks to suddenly overhaul one’s approach and start hitting the other way, especially for a power hitter like Davis, who earned his contract for hitting home runs, not singles.