Yesterday was another record-setting day in Major League Baseball with the number and distance of HR hit. Across the league this season, there has been many surprises, both good and bad. Baseball fans everywhere are so excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.
These notes are from ESPN Stats & Info, ESPN Research and THE Elias Sports Bureau. Those guys work their butts off and are where everyone gets a lot of the great info that stirs up conversation. Having worked in that environment for just under 10 years, not enough credit gets given to the men behind the scenes.
There were 51 homers hit across MLB on Tuesday, the 5th time already this season in which there were at least 50 homers hit in a single day.FROM ELIAS: That ties the most such days in a single season in MLB history, matching the record set last season.
Seven players Tuesday had a multi-HR game, the 2nd day this season where that’s happened (May 2nd). It’s the 1st time it’s happened multiple days in a season since 1999 (happened 3 times). The last time more than 7 players had a multi-HR game in a single day was July 2, 2002 when a record 9 players did it.
Among the notable non-Cody Bellinger home run storylines were these
The Twins had a franchise-record 28 hits, the most by any team since the Rangers in 2007 (29). Eddie Rosario led the way with 4 hits, including 3 homers. FROM ELIAS: Rosario is the 1st player in the modern era (since 1900) with 3 HR and 4 hits in a game while batting 9th in the lineup. He’s the 5th guy with a 3-HR game out of the 9-hole.
3-HR Game Batting 9th in Lineup –
Modern Era (Since 1900)
2017 Eddie Rosario << Twins
1999 Trot Nixon Red Sox
1987 Dale Sveum Brewers
1966 Art Shamsky Reds
1942 Jim Tobin Braves
>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau
– Leaguewide, non-pitchers batting in the 9th spot of the order slugged .701 Tuesday, higher than Babe Ruth’s career rate. They combined for 30 hits and 8 homers across the majors.
– In his first career start out of the leadoff spot, Anthony Rizzo hit a 461-foot leadoff homer to start the game for the Cubs. It was the 2nd-longest home run when leading off for a team, and the longest to lead off on the road, since ESPN began tracking in 2009.
· :FROM ELIAS: Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, Kris Bryant, and Jason Heyward, the Cubs’ top four batters in the starting lineup on Tuesday, each homered in Chicago’s victory over the Mets at Citi Field. It was the first time in Cubs history that each of the first four hitters in the batting order homered in a road game. The last time the Cubs did so in any game was on June 24, 2003 against the Brewers, when Mark Grudzielanek, Alex Gonzalez, Corey Patterson, and Sammy Sosa did so (Sosa hit two) at Wrigley Field.
– After missing 3 games, Ryan Zimmerman returned to the lineup Tuesday and hit two home runs. That tied Vladimir Guerrero for most home runs in Nationals/Expos history (234).
Most Career HR – Nationals/Expos History
Ryan Zimmerman 234<<
Vladimir Guerrero 234
Andre Dawson 225
Gary Carter 220
>> Includes 2 HR Tuesday
– There were 16 425-ft home runs hit Tuesday, the most in a day since ESPN began tracking. The previous most of 14 was tied earlier this month.
Most 425-ft HR – Single Day
June 2 14
Sept. 1, 2015 14
>>ESPN began tracking in 2009