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Monday, August 24, 2015

Switch hitting 3 homers in one game for New York teams.

Yesterday a friend mentioned that Nick Swisher had hit one home run from each side of the plate in the same game for his new team ... the Atalanta Braves, in case you didn't know.  Nick has had only 33 at bats (AB) for the Braves.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 4:05 pm, Wrigley Field
Attendance: 41,196, Time of Game: 2:42
Cubs 9, Braves 7
HR: N Swisher 2 (5, 1 off Dan Haren, 2nd inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep LF, 1 off Travis Wood, 5th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).

Haren throws righty, Wood lefty.

Nick Swisher HRs from each side of plate, ties Mark Teixeira for record
By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer August 22, 2015 7:23 pm ET

Here are the career leaders for games with home runs from both sides of the plate.
1. Swisher, 14
1. Teixeira, 14
3. Carlos Beltran, 12
4. Eddie Murray, 11
4. Chili Davis, 11
6. Mickey Mantle, 10
6. Ken Caminiti, 10
6. Tony Clark, 10


We then discussed my post from Saturday and whether in Mantle's only three home run game he homered both righty and lefty.  Two other players on the list above hit three homers in a game for a New York team: Mark Teixeira and Tony Clark.

3 homers in one game for New York teams. Saturday, August 22, 2015

... Babe Ruth hit three as a Yankee multiple times, including twice in the World Series.  Reggie Jackson as a Yankee also hit three homers in a World Series game.  Pablo Sandoval hit three homers in a 2012 WS game for the San Francisco Giants; Sandoval is the only other player for the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees or Mets to hit three in any post season game representing any city.

baseball-reference.com game level data starts in 1914, so consider that when viewing data in this post...

... all players who hit four homers in a regular season game since 1914... Willie Mays did it for the San Francisco Giants.  Pat Seerey and Mark Whiten did in a doubleheader game but neither homered in the other game...

7. Number 7 Mickey Mantle did it only once, same as Ruth...

... Carlos Beltran now plays for the Yankees.

No New York Giant and no Brooklyn Dodger who hit three home runs in a game was a switch hitter.  We'll look at the Yankees and Mets who were.

Since I mentioned both Sandoval and Whiten in the previous post I'll also look at their games.  Sandoval was a switch hitter until this season; the three homers he hit in that 2012 World Series game were all batting lefty.

Tuesday, September 7, 1993, 9:46, Riverfront Stadium
Attendance: 22,606, Time of Game: 2:17
Second game of doubleheader
Cardinals 15, Reds 2

HR: M Whiten 4 (22, 1 off R Dibble, 9th inn, 1 on, 1 out, 1 off L Luebbers, 1st inn, 3 on, 2 outs to LF-CF, 2 off M Anderson, 6th inn, 2 on, 0 outs to CF-RF; 7th inn, 2 on, 2 outs to CF-RF); 

Rob Dibble righty
Larry Luebbers righty
Mike Anderson righty

So Mark Whiten hit all four of his homers batting lefty.  He had 12 RBI.

Three homer games by Yankee switch hitters:

Friday, May 13, 1955, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 7,177, Time of Game: 2:02
Yankees 5, Tigers 2

HR: M Mantle 3 (10, 1 off B Miller, 8th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to RF, 2 off S Gromek, 1st inn, 1 on, 1 out to CF-RF; 5th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to RF).

Steve Gromek righty (bats both); led AL in HR allowed 1954 & 1955: 26 each year
Bob Miller lefty (finished with Mets in 1962)

Mickey Mantle hit two homers batting lefty and one batting righty in his only three homer game.

Sunday, June 6, 1965, 3:36PM, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 33,029, Time of Game: 2:18
Second game of doubleheader
Yankees 12, White Sox 0

HR: T Tresh 3 (9, 2 off B Howard, 3rd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to CF-RF; 5th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to RF Line, 1 off J Pizarro, 1st inn, 0 on, 2 outs to LF).

Juan Pizarro lefty
Bruce Howard righty (bats both)
Photo of Tom Tresh Tom Tresh hit one homer batting righty and two batting lefty in his only three homer game.

Saturday, August 28, 2004, 4:08PM, SkyDome
Attendance: 43,541, Time of Game: 3:33
Yankees 18, Blue Jays 6

HR: T Clark 3 (15, 1 off T Lilly, 6th inn, 2 on, 1 out to RF, 1 off J Frasor, 8th inn, 0 on, 1 out to CF-RF, 1 off K Ligtenberg, 9th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to CF-RF)

Ted Lilly lefty
Jason Frazor righty (rookie)
Kerry Ligtenberg righty (3 homers in .66 innings)

Tony Clark hit one homer batting righty and two batting lefty in his only three homer game as a Yankee in his only season as a Yankee.  Clark had no other three homer games for any team.

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 3:11PM, Fenway Park
Attendance: 37,138, Time of Game: 3:56
Yankees 14, Red Sox 3

HR: M Teixeira 3 (5, 1 off R Ramirez, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to RF, 1 off C Buchholz, 5th inn, 0 on, 1 out to RF, 1 off J Van Every, 9th inn, 1 on, 1 out to LF)

Clay Buchholz righty
Ramon Ramirez righty
Jonathon Van Every lefty (only homer allowed in 1.66 career innings; hit two homers in 47 career AB; really OF)

Mark Teixeira hit two homers batting lefty and one batting righty in his only three homer game as a Yankee.  Teixeira hit three homers in a game two other times for other teams.

Three homer games by Met switch hitters:

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 7:06PM, Citizens Bank Park
Attendance: 40,283, Time of Game: 2:40
Phillies 11, Mets 4

HR: J Reyes 3 (14, 2 off R Wolf, 1st inn, 0 on, 0 outs to LF; 3rd inn, 0 on, 1 out to LF-CF, 1 off B Sanches, 8th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to RF).

Randy Wolf lefty
Brian Sanches righty

Jose Reyas hit two homers batting lefty and one batting righty in his only three homer game for any team.  Led NL in 3B, SB in 2006.

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 3:20PM, Coors Field
Attendance: 21,422, Time of Game: 2:52
Mets 9, Rockies 5

HR:C Beltran 3 (8, 1 off U Jimenez, 1st inn, 1 on, 1 out to CF, 1 off F Morales, 7th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to LF, 1 off M Lindstrom, 9th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to RF)

Ubaldo Jimenez righty (
July 30, 2011 traded to Cleveland)
Franklin Morales lefty (May 19, 2011 sold to Boston)
Matt Lindstrom righty

Carlos Beltran homered lefty, righty, lefty n his only three homer game for any team.  Beltran tied the Met season record with 41 homers in 2006.

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