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  1. Dave, I love how you’re on edge to make an article whenever needed.

    Comment by Kevin — May 8, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  2. I continue to be thrilled that my team traded this dude for Edinson Volquez

    Comment by Colin P — May 8, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

  3. All 4 of the home runs were with Elvis Andrus on 1st base. In the 5th when the bases were empty, Hamilton just hit a really long double.

    Way to go Andrus. You really let everyone down tonight. All you had to do was get on base in the 5th and Hamilton would have become the first player in history to hit 5 home runs. -.1 WAR for you.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — May 8, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  4. Yeah, it was pretty fun looking at the game log: “J. Hamilton homered. E. Andrus scored.” Four times.

    Comment by Kinanik — May 8, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  5. Let’s celebrate! Shots are on me!

    Comment by Max — May 8, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  6. Something else maybe worth mentioning is that Hamilton actually hit a Home Run during his last PA the game before. So over his last 6 plate appearences, he has 5 home runs and a double.

    In other words, hes doing pretty good right now.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — May 8, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  7. You will be recieving a bill from me…

    Comment by Kogoruhn — May 8, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  8. “Pfft – I’ll hit four home runs by August too.”

    – Albert Pujols

    Comment by Aussie Guy — May 8, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  9. Who has the better shot at the triple crown? Kemp or Hamilton?

    Comment by Max — May 8, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  10. Did you not read the article? Did Dave Cameron see your comment and edit his article? The world may never know.

    Comment by TFINY — May 8, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  11. J Hamilton homered to center, E Andrus scored.
    J Hamilton homered to *left*, E Andrus scored.
    J Hamilton homered to center, E Andrus scored.
    J Hamilton homered to center, E Andrus scored.

    He’s inconsistent…

    Comment by Aussie Guy — May 8, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  12. I once left 2 Orioles tickets on my windshield, when I came back there were 7.

    Comment by AY — May 8, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

  13. “Hamilton will never amount to anything.”

    – Reds front office after trading him in 2007

    Comment by Slats — May 8, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  14. The Rangers need to give Josh Hamilton an extension now!

    They cannot let him hit the market after this season is over.

    Comment by Slats — May 8, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  15. So, you’re saying that I did well by picking him in FG: The Game today?

    Comment by Josh A — May 8, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  16. Talk about hitting the jackpot if you own Andrus and Hamilton in fantasy.

    Comment by Shaun Catron — May 8, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  17. Can’t really decide which. Hamilton plays for a better hitting team in a hitter-friendly park so he’ll have more protection and chances to drive in runs, but I think he’ll probably have stronger challenges from other hitters in his league.

    Comment by elijah — May 8, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

  18. Yes I’m sure the Rangers front office was on the fence about him until tonight.

    Comment by 81 — May 8, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  19. Has anyone ever out-homered an entire team over a full season?

    It wouldn’t shock me if someone does it to the pads this year

    Comment by Nick — May 8, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

  20. Minor detail: Hamilton is the 16th 4HR guy, not the 14th.

    Comment by Phrozen — May 8, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  21. Hamilton. Kemp will no-doubter win the HR title, but he’s got more challengers to the AVG title.

    Comment by jorgath — May 8, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  22. Dude does it without effort too!

    Comment by jarrodc — May 8, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

  23. I thought Ruth did it once.

    Comment by jorgath — May 8, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

  24. What great timing. Texas says they’re negotiating an extension with Hamilton on the day he hits four home runs. Cha-Ching.

    Comment by Tucker McElroy — May 8, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  25. In the first half of the 20th century it happened quite frequently. But not since 1949

    Comment by Ira — May 8, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

  26. Standing O from the Oriole faithful after the 4th one. Amazing.

    Comment by Seth — May 8, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  27. I’m pretty sure I just missed that paragraph when I first read this article. Maybe I can compensate by posting this via Yahoo!:

    “Larry Granillo of Tater Trot Tracker notes that Hamilton’s home run trots got quicker as the night went on: “#1 – 23.8 secs, #2 – 21.36 secs, #3 – 24.1 secs, #4 – 20.75 secs”

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — May 8, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  28. Off the bat, his double looked like it was out. The Natural.

    Comment by Eric — May 8, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  29. True, I’m guessing Dave forgot the two guys to accomplish the feat in the 1890s, Bobby Lowe in 1894 and Ed Delahanty in 1896.

    Comment by bstar — May 8, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  30. Didn’t surprise me for two reasons.

    1) Hamilton is a guy that is easy for alot of people to root for.

    2) Orioles fans gave the standing O to the Rangers when the 30th run scored in 30-3.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — May 8, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  31. I’d hesitate to say Kemp will ‘no doubt’ win the HR title in his league. He’s the favorite, but Braun or Stanton could easily catch him without it being a surprise.

    Comment by GoToWarMissAgnes — May 9, 2012 @ 12:10 am

  32. Lol. When Ruth hit 60 in 1927, he outhomered EVERY team in the league (besides the Yankees).

    Comment by GoToWarMissAgnes — May 9, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  33. Chris Davis wouldn’t have let this happen had he graced the mound.

    Comment by Coodle — May 9, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  34. I think Hamilton has the better shot at winning the triple crown because his natural contact ability is greater than Kemp’s. Remember that Hamilton has already won one batting title and has a lifetime average well over .300. Kemp goes through stretches where he strikes out too much to maintain a .350 or .370 average all season.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — May 9, 2012 @ 12:34 am

  35. Can’t forget Delahanty. The only guy to hit four *inside-the-park* homeruns.

    Comment by Phrozen — May 9, 2012 @ 1:08 am

  36. May of 2012, Josh Hamilton, while batting 3rd in the order, hit 4 home runs in one game. The batter hitting 4th? Adrain Beltre!

    May of 2002, Shawn Greene, while batting 3rd in the order, hit 4 home runs in one game. The batter hitting 2nd? Adrian Beltre!

    The man that relieved Ishii in Shawn Green’s game? Guilermo Mota! The man that was suspended 100 games the day before Hamilton’s game? Guilermo Mota!

    Coincidences? Hell no! There is a connection, and I’m going to get to the bottom of this!

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — May 9, 2012 @ 1:22 am

  37. Interesting point about Beltre. I suppose, without looking, that he’s been connected to the most 4-HR games in history.

    Comment by Phrozen — May 9, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  38. That must have been an intoxicating sight to see live. Sitting in the stands, sipping on a coke, breathing in the freshly cut grass and marveling in each crack of the bat. Drinking it all in, watching Hamilton take that high ball and drill it past the warning tracks…he was a hero in a lot eyes, tonight.

    Comment by Nom Chompsky — May 9, 2012 @ 1:53 am

  39. It could reasonably happen again with the 2012 Twins.

    Comment by Oliver — May 9, 2012 @ 1:54 am

  40. Pujols Since April 20: 70 AB, 7 hits, 1 HR, 5 RBI
    Hamilton last 6 AB: 6 hits, 5 HR, 10 RBI

    Comment by Slats — May 9, 2012 @ 2:19 am

  41. and he did it all drunk off his ass.

    This was a joke, probably not a very good one.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — May 9, 2012 @ 3:09 am

  42. It’s worse when you consider what happened to him; the chain has been Hamilton, Alonso and Grandal for a few years of Volquez and then a PETCO pitcher.

    Comment by Brian — May 9, 2012 @ 3:23 am

  43. I’d say Kemp, but only because of Hamilton’s injury history. If he can get 600AB this year, I think Hamilton’s got the better shot.

    Comment by Todd Doug — May 9, 2012 @ 3:32 am

  44. not true 4 teams hit more than 60 in 1927'mlb'&league_code='MLB'&split=&team_id=&active_sw=&game_type='R'&position=&sortOrder='desc'&sortColumn=hr&results=&page=1&perPage=50&timeframe=&extended=0&last_x_days=&ts=1336550110869&tab_level=child&click_text=Sortable+Team+hitting

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — May 9, 2012 @ 3:56 am

  45. 5x Pujols production!

    Maybe Hamilton should get a 10 year / $1,250,000,000 contract!

    Comment by EG hostilE — May 9, 2012 @ 5:45 am

  46. I think he missed Cameron’s 4HR game in Seattle by just a few seasons.

    Comment by tz — May 9, 2012 @ 7:38 am

  47. More coincidences: Jaime Moyer pitched 3 days before Hamilton’s and Greene’s 4 homer games. Who also pitched 3 days before Delahanty’s 4 homer game? You guessed it.

    Comment by Bill — May 9, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  48. Someone should call NotGraph’s crack Investigative Reporting Investigation Team; this is some Shocking Numerology.

    Comment by CJ — May 9, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  49. Josh Hamilton had 1.9 Wins Above Replacement going into last night’s game.

    Josh Hamilton now has 2.7 Wins Above Replacement.

    Comment by steven — May 9, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  50. It certainly doesn’t look good for them now, but it was never a question of the FO questioning his talent. Hamilton wanted to leave after they fired Narron, and they let him go. We can quibble all day with what they got back for him (I’d very much like Feliz or Holland in the rotation right now), but there wasn’t much they could’ve done to keep him in Cincinnati.

    Comment by Derek — May 9, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  51. He was still under contract, correct? He could whine and complain all he wanted to, but the Reds could’ve kept him there.

    Comment by Hunter fan — May 9, 2012 @ 9:18 am

  52. It was 1920, where Ruth hit 54 and no team (other than the other Yankees, that is) hit more than 50:
    Interesting how quickly the game changed, as the next year, Ruth hit 59 but was outhomered by three teams (plus his Yankees teammates again):

    Comment by James d. — May 9, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  53. A couple weeks ago I saw someboday in the comments ask who has accumulated the most WAR in a single day. Josh Hamilton was happy to answer that question.

    Comment by bill — May 9, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  54. Moyer is a vampire and was named Tom Zachary when he gave up Ruth’s 60th.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 9, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  55. “Lol. When Ruth hit 60 in 1927, he outhomered EVERY team in the league (besides the Yankees).”

    Lol. when Babe Ruth played, the talent level of MLB was roughly equivalent to the Sally Leauge.

    Comment by everdiso — May 9, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  56. How do you know this? Walter Johnson threw 95 mph, I suspect he wasn’t the only MLB pitcher with a 90 mph fastball. The talent level may not be the same as today, but I seriously doubt it was Sally leauge.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 9, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  57. Not sure on the 5 HR in 6 AB, but I do remember back in 93ish, when Mark Whiten hit 4 HR, it was actually a double header day and he hit 5 in those two games.

    Comment by MikeS — May 9, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  58. Are you claiming that Jamie Moyer is Jesus?

    Comment by Big Daddy V — May 9, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  59. Walter Johnson threw *hard.* He may have thrown 95, but being that the radar gun wasn’t invented until the 1950s, there’s really no way to know for sure how hard he threw.

    But yeah, 1920s MLB was really not the equivalent to the Sally League.

    Comment by Phrozen — May 9, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  60. Right, I was talking about whenever his deal was up. I don’t think there was much chance the Reds would’ve resigned him anyway, but the Narron firing certainly sealed the deal

    Comment by Derek — May 9, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  61. I had always wondered (though not intensely enough to really experiment) if it was possible to accumulate more than 1 WAR during a single game… with Hamilton getting 0.8 last night, I’m glad to see that the answer is, at the very least “extremely unlikely”.

    I guess if something truly unprecedented happened and a pitcher went 14IP/35K/0BB/0H you could get there? Maybe a batter going for 6 or 7 HR in a game? Depending on run environment, of course.

    Comment by Ludwig von Koopa — May 9, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  62. Phrozen: They had ways of measuring the speed of a baseball before the radar gun. They weren’t as precise, but they were still able to give a good estimate.

    Big Train had one pitch measured in a gravity-drop interval recorder (no idea how precise its readings were), and it registered as 91 mph. I speculate that the fact that only one pitch was recorded suggests that it was very difficult to get a reading and that Johnson may have thrown a lot of pitches. A speeding motorcycle had Johnson at over 99. These obviously aren’t the most accurate measurements, but it’s not a stretch to suggest that he could throw as hard as any starter today.

    Comment by ThePartyBird — May 9, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  63. “It will take a little more digging to confirm, but there‚Äôs a pretty good chance that no one has ever done that before.”

    Shawn Green, among others holds the record for: most home runs in two consecutive games (5), most home runs in three consecutive games (7), and most consecutive home runs (4). He hit his 4 home runs, 5 extra base hits, and 19 total bases against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002.


    Comment by Harlan — May 9, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  64. if you knew it was a dumb joke, why did you make it anyway?

    Comment by jim — May 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  65. PartyBird: I did not know that–I’m somewhatr skeptical that anything involving a motorcycle is remotely accurate, but the other one is actually kinda cool. Thanks!

    Comment by Phrozen — May 9, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

  66. can’t tell if stupid or trolling

    Comment by jim — May 9, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  67. Too bad the folks watching on TV weren’t as appreciative:

    Comment by Dirtbag — May 9, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  68. Is ZIPS or another projection system projecting Hamilton and/or Kemp to win the triple crown (e.g., based on their current performance combined with projected performance relative to the projections for the field)? Not sure how to find this, but it would be interesting… Hamilton/Kemp can widen their lead while they are still hot at start the year, they might be able to win it even as they regress over the remainder of the season.

    Comment by James — May 9, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  69. Trivia on 4 HR’s in a game. Gil hodges of the Dodgers hit 4 HR’s in a game against the Braves in August of 1950. In 1954 Joe Adcock of the Brave s hit 4 HR’s in a game against the Dodgers, Gil Hodges also hit a HR in that game. Willie mays hit 4 HR’s in a game against the Braves in April of 1961, Joe Adcock played in that game against the Giants but did not homer. Spooky.
    When Mike Schmidt hit his 4 HR’s in a game he homered off two brothers in that game, Rick Reuschel twice and Paul Reuschel once.
    When Bob Horner had his 4 HR game in 1986 he only drove in 6 runs, he also only hit only 13 more HR’s in his career and retired after many injures at age 30.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — May 10, 2012 @ 10:21 am

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