Madison Bumgarner is good, really good. We know he is one of the top pitchers in the majors. But he also made MLB history by hitting two home runs on Opening Day (April 2, 2017).
Bumgarner hit a pair of homers in the Giants Opening Day game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. He became the 21st pitcher to homer on his team’s Opening Day, but the first to hit two dingers in his team’s first game of the season.
The last pitcher to homer on Opening Day was Clayton Kershaw in 2013 for the Dodgers against the Giants. Another former Dodgers hurler, Don Drysdale, homered on Opening Day twice in his career, the only pitcher to do so in MLB history.
Let’s take a look at some other Opening Day home run notes:
- Three players have hit three home runs on Opening Day: George Bell for Toronto in 1988; Tuffy Rhodes for the Cubs in 1994; and Dmitri Young for Detroit in 2005. All three of these games were played on April 4.
- Seven different players hit two or more home runs on Opening Day twice: Joe Torre, Albert Pujols, Xavier Nady, Ral Mondesi, Eddie Mathews, Juan Gonzalez and Adam Dunn.
- The most Opening Day home runs in MLB history is eight held by three players… Dunn, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Frank Robinson. Next with seven are Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Eddie Mathews. Those players with six Opening Day HRs are Dave Winfield, Scott Rolen, Gary Carter, Carl Yastrzemski, Brooks Robinson, Richie Hebner and Barry Bonds. There are 20 players who have five Opening Day homers.
The Brewers have had an Opening Day home run hit by 43 different players in franchise history. Eight players have hit an Opening Day homer on two occasions: Jeff Cirillo, Carlos Gomez, Larry Hisle, Sixton Lezcano, Ben Oglivie, Richie Sexson, Greg Vaughn and Robin Yount. Only one Brewers players has hit a pair of home runs in the team’s first game of the year: Lezcano hit a pair of HRs on April 10 against Baltimore on April 10, 1980 in the Brewers 9-5 win over the Orioles. Lezcano had six RBI in that contest.
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