Cardinals minor leaguer completes 2nd known HR cycle
St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Chandler Redmond has accomplished what only one other known professional baseball player has ever done before: the home run cycle.
The 25-year-old farmhand hit a solo homer, two-run homer, three-run homer, and grand slam in the same game with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.
Redmond entered Wednesday's contest against the Amarillo Sod Poodles - the Arizona Diamondbacks' affiliate - hitting .228/.314/.431 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs over 72 games.
The home run cycle has only been managed once before at any pro level - in 1998 by Tyrone Horne, who also happened to be in the Cardinals system at the time. Horne played for the Arkansas Travelers in Double-A but never made it to the majors, playing 11 minor-league seasons and one campaign in Korea.
While rare in the pros and unheard of at the major-league level - with only 18 four-homer games ever recorded in MLB history - the feat has been accomplished a handful of times at the collegiate level, including in softball by Samantha Posey, sister of former San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Scooter Gennett came close to becoming the first MLBer to hit for the home run cycle in 2017 when he recorded a solo dinger, grand slam, and a pair of two-run homers with the Cincinnati Reds.