Chandler Redmond, a minor league second baseman, accomplished a remarkable achievement on Wednesday that has only happened once in the modern period.
A solo, two-run, three-run, and grand slam homer were hit by the 25-year-old Springfield Cardinals prospect to complete a “home run cycle.”
Redmond exclaimed, “It’s unbelievable. I’m at a loss for words right now to express how I’m feeling.
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Nearly 30 years ago, on July 27, 1998, Tyrone Horne of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers of the Cardinals organization became the last athlete to accomplish the accomplishment.
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Redmond contributed four home runs and 11 RBI to a five-hit night that also broke the team’s record for most hits in a single game.
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Warning: home run cycle A member of the Springfield Cardinals, Chandler Redmond (Cardinals AA team) pic.twitter.com/Y3RUUhTobG Tweeted by Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats). 11 August 2022
“So, after I made the grand slam, I had a fleeting thinking about perhaps the cycle. I quickly brushed it aside after that though. This was only my second multihomer game in professional baseball, so I was like, “Come on,” Redmond said. However, after making the solo shot, I thought, “Oh my gosh, I can do it. Then, as I approached the plate for the final at-bat and seen two guys there, I thought, “Oh my my, everything is aligning up, you can do this.” So just maintain your composure, but if you get the chance to get a ball to pound, you ought to take it.
Redmond wasted no time in launching the first pitch he saw for a solo home run in the seventh inning.
The entire night, Redmond says, “I just walked up there trying to see something up in the zone.” “I avoided low objects that I would eventually drive to the ground. My main goal was to raise something that I could lift, get underneath, and perhaps hit.
He had just finished celebrating with his teammates and coaches when his father called to congratulate him on a job well done.
“To think that I’m only the second guy to ever achieve it is absolutely mind-blowing. In fact, I recently discussed it with my dad,” he remarked. He enjoys watching me play so much and is just so proud of me. He has watched every single college and professional game, and I am aware that it is his favorite nighttime activity. So it’s extremely great to be able to put on a show like this for him.
Originally published on USA TODAY, this article says: Chandler Redmond, a minor league prospect, hits an unprecedented cycle of home runs.
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