The concept of a cycle is familiar to most fans, even when the event just isn’t particularly common: A player collects a single, double, triple and homer in the identical game.
But have you ever heard of a house run cycle? There’s no shame for those who haven’t. Before Wednesday night, it had happened, so far as historians can tell, just once in modern skilled baseball history on the affiliated level.
Now it has happened twice. Chandler Redmond of the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals, St. Louis’s Class AA affiliate, hit 4 home runs in a single game on Wednesday, an epic feat in itself. But making it even rarer, his day included a solo shot, two-run and three-run homers and a grand slam. The house run cycle.
Based on Major League Baseball, the one other time a player hit for a house run cycle was in 1998, when Tyrone Horne of the Arkansas Travelers, also a Class AA affiliate of the Cardinals on the time, did it in a road game against San Antonio.
Not content with just the house run cycle, Redmond’s big day also included a run-scoring single, making him 5-for-6 on the night. As you may expect when one man claims 11 runs batted in, the Cardinals won the sport, beating the host Amarillo Sod Poodles, 21-4.
Redmond knew in regards to the home run cycle, and said he was interested by it.
“So after I hit the grand slam, I had a little bit thought creep into my mind about perhaps the cycle. But then I brushed it off real quick. I used to be like, ‘Come on, this was only my second time with a multihomer game in pro ball,’” he told reporters. “But then I am going up there and hit the solo shot and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can do it.’ So then walking up for that last at-bat and seeing two guys on, I’m considering, ‘Oh my gosh, every little thing is lining up, you may do that. So just stay calm and stay inside yourself, but for those who get a likelihood to get a ball to hammer, you higher not miss it.’”
He didn’t miss.
The house run cycle has never happened at the main league level. Eighteen players have hit 4 homers in game, however the base runners never aligned quite accurately for a house run cycle.
Indeed, only two of the four-homer games included a grand slam: Mark Whiten’s for the Cardinals in 1993 and Scooter Gennett’s for the Reds in 2017. Each of those men got here pretty near the house run cycle. Gennett had a slam, two two-run shots and a solo homer, collecting 10 R.B.I. Whiten, in a way, did an excessive amount of: He had a slam, two three-run shots and a two-run blast, ending the day with 12 R.B.I.
The four-homer game itself is definitely rarer than an ideal game (23 in major league history, by the present definition). So even in a homer-happy era, don’t expect home run cycles to begin occurring ceaselessly, or in any respect, within the majors.
Redmond, 25, was drafted within the thirty second round in 2019 by the Cardinals out of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. A primary baseman, he had come into Wednesday’s game hitting .228 with 13 homers.
It isn’t known yet if his big night will kick start his quest for the majors. However it is definitely not a guarantee: Horne, his predecessor in performing the feat, never made it past Class AAA while playing for seven M.L.B. organizations, plus independent leagues and in South Korea.