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Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey make baseball history

Jul 14, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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Yesterday Madison Bumgarner hit his second grand slam of the year. That was pretty major, as he became the first pitcher to hit two grand slams in the same season since 1966. That year Tony Cloninger hit two while playing with the Braves. Although Cloninger’s feat was even more impressive: he did it twice in one game.

But that’s not where the history ends. Buster Posey hit a grand slam too. And, according to Elias and many other folks in the business of seeing if weird stuff had ever happened before, it was confirmed: Posey and Bumgarner became first battery to hit a grand slam in the same game in major league history.

One hundred and forty plus years of big league history and we’re still notching firsts. Which, OK, some first are merely functions of us slicing up numbers ever more finely to create feats which aren’t immediately and apparently notable. But grand slams are pretty big things, and a pitcher and catcher doing it in the same game is something even a person might have pointed out as neat a century ago. And here we are, in 2014, and it just happened for the first time.

  1. aresachaela - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    140 plus years!!?? AMAZING!!

  2. greymares - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Oh yes Buster Posey, the namesake of the latest rule to put a nail in the coffin of the once great game of baseball.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      What, you mean the rule to try to eliminate collisions at the plate, which were actually already against the rules since interference and obstruction in the base paths were already against the rules?

      • stex52 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        Yeah, that rule. It has been retroactively destroying the great game of baseball ever since the rules were written.

        We just didn’t know it. /S

      • dowhatifeellike - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I am rather enjoying the display of skill required to receive the ball and make the tag that we are now seeing on plays at the plate. It requires a better throw and better footwork by the catcher.

    • theneverman - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      A class act like Buster and you troll this impressive accomplishment with a completely off-topic comment. I guess you’re keeping alive the repulsive trolling efforts to add to societies dregs. Besides, that rule somehow destroyed baseball how?

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I would classify this as a baseball “Assault by a Battery.”

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      well played

  4. rje49 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I remember when Tony Cloninger hit his two in one game against the Giants. It was on July 3rd and I was at Shea Stadium at the time, a doublehader vs.the Pirates. Remember doubleheaders? I never missed one all year.

  5. fifthstarter - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Tim Hudson: “He’s going to be hard to deal with in this locker room, getting two grand slams…He’s already kind of hard to deal with, but after today it’s going to be extra so.”


  6. psunick - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    @proudly…..That should’ve been the headline in our SF newspaper!

  7. kardshark1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I’m still not sure why Bochy bats Bumgarner 9th. Yesterday Joaquin Arias batted 6th and Adrianza 7th. There’s no doubt, over a large sample size, Bumgarner would put up better numbers than Arias and Adrianza. Not to mention, Belt was on the bench to pinch hit. I guarantee you that Bumgarner’s 3 at bats plus whoever pinch hits for him (Belt in this case) will be more productive than Arias’ and Adrianza’s 4 at bats.

    Why are coach’s so locked in at batting a pitcher 9th? Is it all about not wanting to hurt your player’s feelings? It should be about what is best for your lineup. And this is not hyperbole or talking extremes, this is simple logic, Bumgarner should have batted 6th yesterday.

    • illuminancer - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Even account for fewer plate appearances Bum has a better slash line than anyone on the Giants bench. That’s pretty sad.

      • kardshark1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        In all fairness, Bumgarner is not your typical pitcher, he really is a decent hitter, it’s not a fluke. Not too many bench players could post a .700+ OPS in that pitcher’s park — Bumgarner can. But even if he could post a .900+ OPS, I still believe he’d bat 9th, cause you know, he’s a pitcher and that’s where they’re suppose to bat. Nothing bugs me more than when they use Arias, Adrianza, Sanchez or Hicks to pinch hit when Bumgarner is available.

      • fifthstarter - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Bumgarner’s OPS+s, 2011-2013: 17, 2, 23, -15.

        He is not a good hitter. He is a big strong guy who likes hitting and tries to hit a dinger every time he gets to bat. Occasionally he runs into one. He’s got a 140 OPS+ this season, which is hilarious but not really an indication that he’s a good hitter.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Fernando Tatis approves of this achievement.

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