Atlanta’s Matt Kemp homered three times on Saturday night and then Washington’s Anthony Rendon turned the trick on Sunday afternoon. It was the first career 3-HR game for each and they became the 391st and 392nd different players to do it (it’s been done 558 times in total). Seeing two players hit three bombs in a game this close together is not as uncommon as you would think. In the last five years, two players have hit three ON THE SAME DAY twice (Evan Longoria and Dan Johnson on 10/3/2012; Ryan Zimmerman and Dioner Navarro on 5/29/2013) and on back-to-back days once (Victor Martinez on 6/16/2016 and Michael Saunders the next day).
What major leaguers have the most career home runs without ever hitting 3 in a single game?
Rafael Palmeiro – 569
David Ortiz – 541
Gary Sheffield – 509
Fred McGriff – 493
Vlad Guerrero – 449
What major leaguers have the fewest career HR who HAVE hit 3+ home runs in a game?
Merv Connors – Batted in only 52 games in his 2-year career (1937-1938) homering once in five different games and THREE times against the A’s on 9/17/1938. After that momentous day, Connors played in 14 games, going 16-for-45 and slashing 356/442/556/998 over the remainder of the ’38 season and never appeared in the major again, finishing his career with 8 home runs.
Bill Glynn – 10 career HR in 768 PA over his four year career. Had his 3-HR game on 7/5/1954 and only had 1 more HR over 94 PA the rest of his career.
Jarrett Parker – Active player with the Giants has 11 HR. Came up in mid-2015 and had his 3-dinger, 7-RBI game on 9/26/2015. Once that game ended, Parker’s career slash line (29 PA, 6 HR) was 370/414/1074/1488. Since then, he’s gone 40-for-170 (.235) with 5 HR.
Tuffy Rhodes – Probably the most famous regular season 3-HR game is the one by Rhodes, who did it on opening day (4/4/1994) for the Cubs, although they ended up losing the game to the Mets, 12-5. Rhodes entered the 1994 season with 5 career home runs (one each in 1990 and 1991, and three in 1993). Then he hit 3 on opening day and had another multi-HR game on 4/28, clubbing 2 more against Houston. By July 18, he had 8 HR on the season. After that, he never homered again over 67 plate appearances over the rest of 1994 and 1995.
Which MLB team has gone the longest without a player hitting 3+ HR in one game?
Phil Nevin hit 3 homers in 2001 for the Padres against Colorado, the last Padre to turn the trick. Kids born that day (10/6/2001) will be getting their drivers licenses later this year. Since that day, Reds players have gone deep three times in a game 10 times, three by Joey Votto alone.
Which MLB team has avoided giving up a 3-HR game to a single player the longest?
On May 29, 2003, Todd Helton homered three times against the Dodgers. Los Angeles hasn’t allowed a 3-HR game to any player in nearly 14 years since. TEN different players have done it against the Phillies in that span.
Which players have the most career 3-HR games?
Sammy Sosa – 6
Johnny Mize – 6
Joe Carter – 5
Alex Rodriguez – 5
Mark McGwire – 5
Carlos Delgado – 5
Dave Kingman – 5
Albert Pujols (4) and Joey Votto (3) are the only active players with at least 3 such games.