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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. mungman69 - May 8, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Good for him. Maybe he’ll hit 5 soon

  2. bshook87 - May 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    pay the man!

  3. bigleagues - May 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    I think he’s forcing the Rangers hand the best way he knows how . . . with his bat.

    That said, a philosophical question . . . if he had pulled off this feat in a game against a National League team – would it still be an American League record?

    • mybrunoblog - May 9, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Very good question. I would think yes, it would be an AL record because he did it while playing for an AL team.

      • bigleagues - May 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Yes, Hamilton would have been playing for an AL team, but he would have done it against NL pitching and an NL team.

        So how is that an “AL record”? It’s just not logical.

        In my view most fans remain in denial. That team PR departments and/or Stats Inc (under contract with MLB) continues to send out press releases promoting an AL or NL record being tied or set is meaningless – or trivial at best.

        The reality is the only records that have any real contemporary relevance are Major League Baseball records.

        The relevance of those records went out the window when Selig got his way with inter-league.

      • foreverchipper10 - May 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        @big leagues. Yeah. Totally meaningless. I suppose we should just have one overall MVP, Cy Young winner, Rookie of the Year etc.

      • bigleagues - May 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        foreverchipper10:

        Well funny you should mention it . . . how many MVP’s & ROY’s does each of the NFL, NBA & NHL award? Ahhhh, yes ONE.

        WHY do they only award ONE of each award? Because it’s ONE LEAGUE.

        MLB did away with the legal distinctions between the American League and the National League in 2000.

        The AL & NL are no longer “LEAGUES” – they are for all effect and purpose legal or otherwise, “CONFERENCES” within Major LEAGUE Baseball.

        Furthermore, if next year, we are indeed headed towards inter-league interspersed throughout the entirety of MLB schedule – then the concept of individual “league records” and “league awards” becomes even more convoluted and absurd.

        But if there is one thing that Bud Selig has excelled at during his tenure, it’s convoluting what once defined the unique nature of Major League Baseball.

  4. badmamainphilliesjamas - May 9, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Wow. He also hit a HR in his last at-bat in the previous game, so just WOW.

    …and, in what must be another crazy stat, he hit all four with the same man on base ahead of him.

    • philiplewis1 - May 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      He hit all 5 with Elvis Andrus at first. Got to be the easiest 5 runs Elvis will ever score. Hamilton had 5 two run homers and a double in 6 consecutive at bats. That’s 22 bases out of a possible 24. If he connects on the double, he’s got 6 straight and 5 in one game. Quite an achievement. Wonder if Cole Hamels would have allowed him to hit after the first couple.

  5. carolinakid - May 9, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    LIKE A BOSS !

  6. thom4msu - May 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Good for him. I’m taking him out for drinks this weekend.

  7. mattryannolan - May 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    To the people saying poor Reds. I don’t think this is the first time they would have said this… He won an MVP..

  8. dowhatifeellike - May 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I didn’t see the last two, but the first two were good pieces of hitting; the first was a good first-pitch curveball and Hamilton hit it like he knew it was coming. The second was a two-seamer off the outside corner and he drove it the over the left field wall.

  9. humangrowthfantasy - May 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    The Natural.

  10. jdub01984 - May 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    How do you keep pitching to guy who has gone yard twice, or three times, in the game? I’d walk him even if the bases were loaded.

  11. metroplexfrog - May 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Hamilton is a beast. His contract is going to be huge.

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