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Josh Hamilton registers 16th four-homer game in MLB history

May 8, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is historically hot.

The 30-year-old impending free agent outfielder hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the fifth, a two-run homer in the seventh and yet another two-run blast in the eighth as Texas rolled to a 10-3 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday evening at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

To recap: Hamilton finished the night 5-for-5 with four home runs, a double and eight RBI. He set a new American League record with his 18 total bases and became just the 16th player in major league history to go deep four times in one game.

The former No. 1 overall pick now has five big flies in his last six plate appearances and boasts a stellar .406/.458/.840 batting line on the season. He’s tallied 14 total homers and 36 RBI in just 30 games played.

  1. sir1389 - May 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Finally laying off the sauce? Or finally back on it?

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM


      • donthateonmyrays - May 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        That’s pretty funny….considering you’re so amazingly talented yourself “baseballisboring”. Why are you even on here??????

      • baseballisboring - May 9, 2012 at 1:19 AM

        Uh…I wasn’t questioning this guy’s talent, at anything, except for not being a complete piece of shit. Clearly a talent he doesn’t have.

        And yeah, with a name like baseballisboring, why WOULD I be here? You seem like the type that would need a hint…OK, how about this. Sar**sm. Or maybe..Ir**y. Fill in the blanks bro, you can do it.

    • imachinchilla - May 8, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      What a db

      • donthateonmyrays - May 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Yes, “imachinchilla”…..please tell us about all of your amazing non-db records. Holding my breath!
        Quoting “baseballisboring” above….asshole!

      • baseballisboring - May 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM

        ^ You’re basically incoherent, and contribute nothing. Be gone.

      • imachinchilla - May 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM

        To baseballisboring: I’m still here and you’re still a db

        To donthateonmyrays: look everyone! One of the five Rays’ fans replied to my post.

      • imachinchilla - May 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        Sorry baseballisboring, meant to re: sir1389. You’re not the db.

  2. Ben - May 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Take that, Ryan Braun!

  3. beefytrout - May 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    A full season of healthy Hamilton in a contract year? Might be the thing that finally gets the Rangers that championship.

  4. pjnrph - May 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Thank goodness the Reds got Edinson Volquez for him!

    • hittfamily - May 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      Thank goodness the Rays got $25,000 for him.

      • Alex K - May 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        I’m just really glad the Cubs worked the deal with the Reds when they had the 1st pick in that Rule 5 draft. Everyone knows all about the Cubs and their great players.

  5. mianfr - May 8, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Excellent. More rare than a perfect game.

  6. baseballisboring - May 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    What an awesome first month+1 week of the season.

  7. sprest83 - May 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Best player in the entire MLB!

  8. quonce - May 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    should have been 5, his double was a frozen rope liner into the right center gap. just didn’t get under it, but still crushed it like it was BP

  9. storebrandcookies - May 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    That was a great game to watch. Not everyday you see a player make history.

    When healthy, Hamilton is the best left-handed hitter in the game.

  10. dawgpoundmember - May 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    wow mian….i didnt even think about that until you said it. amazing

  11. Panda Claus - May 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Horrible managing. Should’ve started pitching around him after 2 HRs.

    Congrats to him for doing this, but he never gets that chance if the game was managed correctly.

  12. pellypell - May 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    He’s focused mannnn.

  13. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I don’t care much for Hamilton, but my God, he’s a baseball crushing machine. So. Very. Impressive.

  14. Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Wow. Just, wow.

    • anythingbutyanks - May 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      That’s all you have to say, Gator? I mean, it was an awesome, historic thing to behold, but if that’s all you have to say then maybe I’m not grasping the magnitude of this as I should. I’m doubting myself now that I’ve read your comment.

      • Ben - May 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        “He’s just the third player to ever record a fifth extra base hit in the game in which he also hit four homers”

        We’ll probably never seen an offensive showing like that again in our lifetimes. That counts as a Wow. Just, wow. moment for me.

    • Gamera the Brave - May 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      A man of few words. I like it…

      • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        It’s true, I am. All the verbiage you see in my posts is actually dubbed in over my native sushi bar Japanese. Toro! Toro! Toro!….nigiri, kurasai.

  15. imachinchilla - May 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Great game! As a Ranger fan, I tip my hat to the Oriole fans for giving Josh a standing o.

  16. styx630 - May 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Hamilton’s gonna get paaaaaaid!

    • Old Gator - May 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      Yeah, I hear the Angels are looking for a first baseman.

      • angrycorgi - May 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM


  17. antlerclaws - May 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Orioles fans gave a standing ovation to Josh. That was pretty classy.

  18. slumdog66 - May 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Poor reds

  19. jwbiii - May 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Imagine what could have been if he didn’t spend those years trying to kill himself.

    • samu0034 - May 9, 2012 at 3:50 AM

      I was thinking the same thing. On another note though, that he DID spend all those years trying to kill himself just makes this story that must more like a real life “The Natural”. The movie at least, never read the book.

  20. miketreedy - May 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM


  21. metalhead65 - May 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    he should consider himself lucky he does not play for the reds because he would not be playing tom. and would be platooning instead of starting everyday because of the “match ups”.is there any doubt now that was one of the worst trades in mlb history?

  22. goodellmustgo - May 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    He hits 4 homeruns but I still get to drink.

    • Ben - May 9, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      I’d give up drinking to hit 4 MLB HRs in my entire baseball career

  23. Jonny 5 - May 8, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    What- A- Stud.

  24. doublebro - May 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Against the Orioles…just sayin

    • aceshigh11 - May 8, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Have you failed to notice that the Orioles are tied for first place in the AL East right now?

      Congrats to Hamilton. That was pretty amazing…even Orioles fans were giving him a standing ovation.

    • angrycorgi - May 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Ummm…And the Orioles are ranked #2 in MLB in team ERA…just sayin

  25. goldensombrero3000 - May 8, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    The personel in Arlington seems to bend over backwards for Hamilton which is a good thing. The Reds did that for awhile but it would never have worked out with all of Brandon Arroyo’s Bro Bar guitar gigs. Way to go Ham Bone!

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