Daily Archives: July 31st, 2012

Kendrys Morales joins elite group with a two-HR inning

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Kendry Morales

Kendry Morales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angels DH Kendrys Morales last night hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning to become the 53rd player in major league history to hit two home runs in an inning. Morales, a switch-hitter, homered from both sides of the plate during the Angels’ ninth-run sixth inning to become only the third player in history to accomplish that rarity.

Morales, who became the first Angels player since Rick Reichardt to hit two homers in an inning (Reichardt hit two four-baggers in one inning in 1966), now has 11 home runs for the season. In the previous 56 times that a player has hit two home runs in an inning, in 38 of those occasions, the player hit 20 or more home runs in that season. Will Morales fall into the “20 or more HRs” in that season or “fewer than 20 HRs” in that season?

Following are the players who had fewer than 20 HRs in the season when they hit two home runs in an inning in a game.

Player, Team, Year, HRs that season

Charley Jones, Boston Braves, 1880: 5

Hack Wilson, N.Y. Giants, 1925: 6

Bill Regan, Boston, 1928: 7

John Boccabella, Montreal, 1973: 7

Joe Pepitone, N.Y. Yankees, 1962: 7

Juan Rivera, Montreal, 2004: 12

Julio Lugo, Tampa Bay, 2006: 12

Jake Stenzel, Pittsburgh, 1894: 13

Von Hayes, Philadelphia, 1985: 13

Ray Knight, Cincinnati, 1980: 14

Rick Reichardt, California, 1966: 16

Carl Everett, Texas, 2002: 16

Bobby Lowe, Boston Braves, 1894: 17

Dave Nilsson, Milwaukee, 1996: 17

Jeff King, Pittsburgh, 1995: 18

Jared Sandberg, Tampa Bay, 2002: 18

Benjie Molina, San Francisco, 2007: 19

Here’s a few more interesting stats regarding players who hit two or more home runs in an inning.

* Morales hit his two HRs in the sixth inning. The sixth inning has been the most popular inning for players to accomplish this feat.  Of the 57 times when a player has hit two or more HRs in an inning, it has happened in the sixth inning 12 times. It has occurred in the fourth and fifth inning eight times each. It has never happened after the eighth inning in a game.

* Four players have accomplished this twice in their careers: Willie McCovey (1973, 1977), Andre Dawson (1978, 1985), Jeff King (1995, 1996) and Alex Rodriguez (2007, 2009).

* This rare feat has happened in the month of June 12 times, in July and August 10 times each, and in May nine times.

* In the 2002 season, there were seven times that a player hit two home runs in an inning; that’s the most of any season. It happened five times in the American League and twice in the National League that season. In fact, it happened twice in one game, the only time that has happened in baseball history: On May 2, 2002, Seattle’s Bret Boone and Mike Cameron each hit a pair of home runs in the first inning for the Mariners, who scored 10 runs in that inning. Boone hit a pair of two-run home runs in the inning; Cameron hit two solo shots in the first. Cameron went on to hit four HRs in that game, all solo shots in the Mariners, who defeated the Chicago White Sox 15-4 in that contest.

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New York Giants: What will the season after another Super Bowl victory look like?

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Eli Manning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The New York Giants will begin defense of their Super Bowl championship on Wednesday September 5 with a home game against division rivals the Dallas Cowboys. What do the Giants and their fans have to look forward to after another Super Bowl? Here’s a look at how the previous 45 Super Bowl champions did the season following their title.

1. Only seven Super Bowl champs increased their win total the following year after their Super Bowl win. (The Packers increased their regular-season win total from 10 in 2010 when they won the Super Bowl to 15 last season.) Five teams had the same number of wins as their Super Bowl winning season. That means that 73 percent of the Super Bowl champions had fewer wins in the regular season the year after their Super Bowl win. Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champ did not increase their win total after a Super Bowl title was in 2010 when the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints saw their win total decrease from 13 in 2009 to 11 in 2010.

2. Thirty of the 45 Super Bowl champs (66.7 percent) won 10 or more games the next season. (As mentioned above, the Packers won 15 games last year.) Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champion did not win 10 or more games in the season after their title was in 2009 when the Pittsburgh Steelers won nine games.

3. Thirty-two of the 45 champs (71.1 percent) made the playoffs the following season after their Super Bowl victory. (The Packers made the playoffs last season, but they lost their first game to the eventual champs, the Giants.) Eight teams won back-to-back Super Bowls: Dallas (1992, 1993), Denver (1997, 1998), Green Bay (1966, 1967), Miami (1972, 1973), New England (2003, 2004), Pittsburgh (1974, 1975), Pittsburgh (1978, 1979) and San Francisco (1988, 1989). Last Time: The last time a Super Bowl champion did not make the playoffs the following season was in 2009 when the Steelers failed to reach the post-season that year.

4. Of those 32 teams that made the playoffs the season after their Super Bowl win, 21 (65.6 percent) won at least one playoff game. (The Packers did not win a playoff game last year.) Last Time: The last Super Bowl champion to not win a playoff game the following season were the aforementioned Packers last season.

5. Twenty-five of the previous 45 Super Bowl champs won their division the following year. (The Packers won the NFC North last year.) Nine finished second in their division; seven finished third; two finished fourth; two finished fifth. Last Time: The last Super Bowl champion that did not win their division the following season was the New Orleans Saints. They finished second in their division in 2010 after winning the title the previous year.

6. The previous 45 Super Bowl champs are 31-13-1 in their first game of the next season after winning the Super Bowl. The Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints 42-34 in their first game of the 2011 season.) Last Time: The last time a defending Super Bowl champion lost their first regular-season game of the following season was in 1999. The Denver Broncos won the ’98 title  and then lost their first game of the 1999 season 38-21 to Miami. The Broncos actually went on to lose their first four games that season.

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