You’ve probably seen the highlight reel of Scooter Gennett‘s four-homer, 10-RBI game for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night but you may not realize how rare the feat is — or how rare his baseball cards might be.
He’s just the 17th player ever to hit four homers in a game — nobody has ever hit five — and he’s the first in the rich history of the Reds to do it. The last? Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton back in 2012. It’s a club that includes five Hall of Famers — Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt — and sluggers Rocky Colavito, Bob Horner and Mark Whiten among others.
Now, about Gennett’s baseball cards …
He’s not only overlooked on the field, he’s overlooked on cardboard, too.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the ninth last night in St. Louis but lost it when Jeremy Hazelbaker took him yard.
The result was still the same, though, as it was a one-hitter for his 15th win of the season, upping his record to 15-7 with a MLB-leading 2.07 ERA — impressive stats for a guy who has just a single Rookie Card.
He’s a 29-year-old, 5-foot-11 second baseman-shortstop who’s in his fifth season as a big-leaguer. He’s a Minnesota Twin with Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star honors.
He’s also a guy who, thanks to a three-homer game last night while batting lead-off, has a career-high 38 homers this season.
He’s Brian Dozier — and he’s also not the easiest guy to find on baseball cards.
The last time Stephen Strasburg took to the mound for the Washington Nationals and his team did not win was late last season. The last time Strasburg lost? That’s last season, too.
And the last time collectors seemed to truly care about his cardboard? … Arguably that might have been about six years ago.
Don’t look now, but the guy who owned the hobby in the summer of 2010 and owned the Washington Nationals’ hobby dollars (at least for a while) until some guy named Bryce Harper showed up just might be on the rebound and a compelling buy as a successful 2016 season builds.
He’s been known since Day One to prospectors because he’s got one of the most-unique autographs in the game.
You know, one where you can often read every single letter.
But it’s on-the-field work that has people watching Jackie Bradley Jr. — he’s on a streak that’s getting his cardboard some attention and could help usher him into the mainstream. The Boston Red Sox outfielder enters today’s doubleheader against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 22-game hitting streak.