Gennett’s Accomplishment Truly Rare

Last night one of the most rare occurrences happened in the Reds 13-1 win over the Cardinals. Reds 2B Scooter Gennett became the 17th player in MLB history to hit 4 HR in a MLB game.

Entering the game, little had been known about Gennett and his career. This is his 5th season in the majors and first with the Reds after spending the first four years of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers.

How rare is what Gennett did last night? Like I said earlier, only 16th other players in MLB history had accomplished that feat. Compared to other “rare” feats in a MLB, hitting four HR stands by itself. There have been 315 cycles, 273 no-hitters (not including perfect games) and 23 perfect games. Looking at that, Gennett accomplishment is impressive enough.

However, looking further, Gennett feat is even more impressive. Entering the game, Gennett had just 38 career HR in his 502-game MLB career. Only Bobby Lowe, who hit four HR for the Boston Beaneaters back in 1894, had fewer career HR at the time of his four-HR game. Gennett also made MLB history by becoming the first player to collect 5 hits and 10 RBI in a four HR game. Entering the game, he had just three HR and 20 RBI total on the season, so he surpassed his HR total and collected half of his RBI total for the year in this game.

Fewest Career HR Entering 4 HR Game
1894 Bobby Lowe            28
2017 Scooter Gennett     38
1993 Mark Whiten          38
1896 Ed Delahanty          53
1950 Gil Hodges               54
>> Source: Elias Sports Bureau
Who knows where Gennett’s career will go from here, but his accomplishment last night will forever put him among the rarest of the rare when talking about single-game accomplishments.

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