Hitting three home runs in one game is a remarkable achievement, especially for young shortstops. It is frequently compared to the rarity of a no-hitter, triple play, or even four home runs. What’s rare, however, are younger shortstops who have homered three times in a game. It is something that only five players have done, and of them they have done it twice. In addition, another player also made history for the shortstops. Below is a look at each of those players and the performances, but them on the map.
Youngest Shortstops 3 Home Run Games
Corey Seager had his first three-homer game to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. He entered the game leading the Dodgers in home runs and extended his lead with his second multi-homer game of the season. Seager won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fans were dismayed when Fernando Tatis Jr. did not participate in the 2021 home run derby. Instead, he staged his version. The San Diego Padres shortstop hit the first three-homer game of his career against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tatis Jr. became the first Padre to hit three home runs in four innings.
Seager recorded his second three-home run game against the New York Mets. Seager added a double to complete his night as well. With six RBIs, he ended up being the seventh multi-hit game in his last ten games. In that span, he was 17-for-41 (.415) with four home runs, five doubles, 11 runs scored and 13 RBIs. Seager joined Duke Snider, Shawn Green and Adrian Gonzalez as the only players in Dodgers history with more than one three-homer game.
José Reyes hit three home runs for the Mets in an 11-4 loss. Reyes hit a leadoff home run off Philadelphia Phillies starter Randy Wolf. Reyes then repeated his earlier performance with his second home run in the third inning. He completed the hat-trick in the eighth inning against Brain Sanches. Reyes is one of nine former Mets players to hit three in one game.
Tony Lazzeri was the first New York Yankees player to hit three home runs in one game. Lazzeri did it in 1927, and the third helped the Yankees send him to extras. He connected with Sarge Connally to deep right field in the bottom of the ninth with one on and one out. The Yankees team that season was nicknamed “Murder’s Row” as it is considered the greatest team in MLB history. It’s also the same season that Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs.
Bo Bichette continued to make his mark in the majors. Not only did he hit three home runs in a doubleheader, but Bichette became the first AL shortstop with more than six hits and three home runs in a single day. He joins teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the only Toronto Blue Jays hitters with three home runs in a game in 2022.
Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks hit three home runs in a single game on August 4, 1955. It was his 24-year-old season in which Banks hit 44 home runs, the first of five times he hit 40 or more. Banks completed the feat three more times in 1957, 1962 and 1963. He became the third player with four three-home run games in MLB history.
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