The son of former Major League pitcher Ron Davis, Ike Davis was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft. Davis made his major-league debut with the Mets on April 19, 2010 as their starting first baseman. Ike singled in his first at-bat and finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Mets 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Davis finished out the season as the Mets everyday first baseman and quickly became a fan favorite not only for his bat but also his slick fielding. Met fans especially grew to love his spectacular catches of foul pop-ups, in which he braced himself against the railing in front of the first base dugout, and then flipped over the railing as he caught the ball. He hit his first major league home run on April 23 against the Atlanta Braves and twice hit 2 home runs in a game, May 7 against the San Francisco Giants and July 17 also against the Giants. On June 8 against the San Diego Padres, Davis hit a walk off home run in the 11th inning. Davis finished out the 2010 season with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs and a .264 average.
Based on his 2010 performance big things were expected of Davis in 2011. At first Davis did not disappoint, he drove in at least one run in 9 of his first 10 games. Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home run and 25 RBIs when his season was cut short by a freak accident on May 10. On a routine pop up near the pitcher’s mound third baseman David Wright stepped on Ike’s left ankle. At first the injury did not appear serious, but it would eventually require season ending surgery.
Davis returned in 2012 hoping to forget about 2011. But he got off to a slow start by going 0-18 to start the season. Davis continued to struggle for much of the first half of 2012 and was hitting just .198 at the end of June. During that time, he did manage to hit his first grand slam on June 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. Davis hit much better in the second half of the season. Though he hit just .227 for the season he did manage to hit 32 home runs to lead the team and drive in 90 RBIs. Davis also became the 9th player in franchise history to hit 3 home run in one game, he accomplished the feat on July 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Davis started out the 2013 season much like 2012. With his average at just .161 he was sent down to the minors at the beginning of June. When he returned in July his bat began to heat up and he hit .286 during the second half of the season. He finished the season with a .205 average with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Davis was the Mets opening day first baseman in 2014, but it was soon announced that the bulk of the first base duties would be given to Lucas Duda. On April 5 Davis hit a pinch-hit game winning grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds. It would be the last hurrah of his Mets career as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18th.
In 454 games over 5 seasons Davis hit .241 with 68 home runs and 224 RBIs.
While with the Mets Davis wore number 29.
Ike Davis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2014
Oakland A’s – 2015
New York Yankees – 2016