Fernando Tatis’ two-grand slam inning: Eight fascinating facets of that game




Two pretty fantastic points occurred for Fernando Tatis in 1999. On the second day of the 12 months, his son – Fernando Tatis Jr. – was born, and in his crew’s 15th game of the baseball season, the model new dad did one factor that had certainly not been executed inside the historic previous of the game.

It hasn’t been executed since and should certainly not happen as soon as extra. Tatis, having fun with third base for the Cardinals, hit two grand slams within the similar inning in opposition to the Dodgers, in Dodger Stadium, on April 23, 1999.

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It was fantastic then and it’s fantastic now. To acknowledge these eight RBIs on two swings of the bat, we’ll take a look at eight fascinating facets of that accomplishment. First, though, let’s watch.

1. Both grand slams have been hit off Chan Ho Park

Let’s start proper right here, because of this of that is most definitely basically probably the most unbelievable half of your complete state of affairs. Well, basically probably the most unbelievable issue apart from Tatis actually hitting two grand slams within the similar inning. Try to consider any scenario in at the moment’s game by which any supervisor lets any pitcher stick spherical in an inning prolonged enough to even be in place to give up two grand slams to the similar participant.

Park confronted 13 batters in that third inning. Here’s how his private physique from hell carried out out:

1. Single, Darren Bragg
2. Hit by pitch, Edgar Renteria
3. Single, Mark McGwire
4. Grand Slam, Fernando Tatis
5. Groundout, J.D. Drew
6. Home run, Eli Marrero
7. Walk, Placido Polanco
8. Walk, Joe McEwing
9. Fielder’s choice/Sac bunt, Jose Jimenez (reached safely on a misplay by Park)
10. E3, Bragg (throwing error)
11. Single, Renteria
12. Flyout, McGwire
13. Grand slam, Tatis

Carlos Perez lastly modified Park and retired Drew to mercifully end the physique.

2. Before Tatis, McGwire had his shot

Before Park even confronted Tatis for a second time, supervisor Davey Johnson had a dilemma. Park had already confronted 11 batters inside the third inning and 7 of them had scored. The bases have been loaded for Mark McGwire – who hit a line drive deep into the outfield for a single in his first AB of the inning – with two outs, nonetheless Johnson left Park inside the game anyway. Now, keep in mind, this was PEAK BIG MAC. Yeah, I used all caps. PEAK BIG MAC deserved all of the capital letters we could give him.

McGwire, it’s possible you’ll keep in mind, had hit 70 residence runs inside the earlier 12 months, 58 the 12 months sooner than that and 52 the 12 months sooner than that. And in his first 13 video video games of the youthful 1999 season, McGwire already had 5 residence runs and a .431 on-base share. That’s 185 residence runs in 454 video video games major as a lot as that at-bat. Undaunted, Johnson saved his struggling right-hander inside the game. McGwire put the ball inside the air, nonetheless Raul Mondesi caught it for the second out.

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3. Jose Jimenez’s shining second was nonetheless to return again

Cardinals starter Jose Jimenez was secure on this contest, going seven innings and allowing three earned runs. It was his third consecutive seven-inning outing to start out out the 1999 season, and his ERA stood at an honest 2.95 after the competitors. Things quickly turned bitter. In his subsequent 11 begins overlaying 59 1/3 innings, Jimenez gave up 53 earned runs – a barf-worthy 8.04 ERA – 73 hits and 31 walks, with solely 32 strikeouts.

And then Jimenez took the mound in Arizona on July 25 and turned in a single of basically probably the most beautiful no-hitters in baseball historic previous. In that game – pitching reverse Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, by the best way during which – Jimenez wished merely 101 pitches to shut down the Diamondbacks, inserting out six and strolling merely two in his good effort. That Arizona crew, you’ll keep in mind, gained 100 video video games in 1999 and featured Luis Gonzalez (.336, 137 OPS+, 6.4 bWAR) Matt Williams (35 homers, 142 RBIs), Steve Finley (34 homers, 4.9 bWAR) and Jay Bell (38 homers, .931 OPS). All 4 of these guys have been inside the lineup in opposition to Jimenez.

In his first post-no-hitter start, in Houston, Jimenez was chased inside the fifth inning, having allowed seven runs on seven hits. He accomplished the 12 months with a 5.85 ERA and was traded to the Rockies inside the offseason, half of a seven-player deal that launched Darryl Kile to St. Louis.

4. Tatis had a formidable complete 1999 season

Tatis signed with the Rangers at 17 out of the Dominican Republic and he made his massive league debut 5 years later, batting seventh in a lineup that featured future Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez and stars Juan Gonzalez and Will Clark. His first at-bat resulted in an infield single that drove residence a run.

He was traded to the Cardinals the next summer season season in a deal that despatched Royce Clayton – the shortstop Tony La Russa picked to succeed Ozzie Smith on the place, a name that wasn’t as productive as Didi Gregorius altering Derek Jeter, for instance – and Todd Stottlemyre to Texas. Tatis hit properly in his half-season with the Cardinals, posting a 127 OPS+ and popping eight homers in 55 video video games.

That set the stage for his breakout 1999 season. The third-inning outburst helped his final numbers, of course, nonetheless he nonetheless had a formidable season, batting principally fifth – and sometimes fourth – inside the Cardinals lineup. Mark McGwire and his 65 homers have been inside the 3-hole, by the best way during which. Tatis accomplished the 12 months with 34 homers, 107 RBIs, a .298 frequent, .957 OPS and 139 OPS+. The Cardinals thought extraordinarily of him, and so did totally different teams.

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Unfortunately, he solely carried out 96 video video games in 2000 because of this of of accidents, and after that season he was traded to the Expos for Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline as a result of the Cardinals tried to hunt out pitching help. Injuries, though, remained a theme, and after a pair of seasons in Montreal, Tatis spend the 2004 and 2005 seasons at residence inside the Dominican Republic. He bought right here once more with the Orioles in 2006, spent the 2007 season once more inside the minors with the Mets after which spent most of 2008-10 seasons as a bench participant for the Mets.

5. Park gave up totally different memorable homers, too

Chan Ho Park had a extremely secure major-league career. He really did. The right-hander from South Korea made his massive league debut at 20 years earlier and threw his final pitch inside the majors at 37. He made an All-Star crew, took the mound for 287 career begins and even had a 2.61 ERA in 13 career playoff support appearances.

But he’ll on a regular basis be recognized for 4 residence runs. These two grand slams hit by Tatis, and two hit by a positive record-setting slugger. Park started Game 160 for the Dodgers in 2001, a contest in San Francisco. Barry Bonds had already tied Mark McGwire’s single-season file of 70 by then, and he wasted no time shifting in entrance of Big Mac that day. In the first inning, with two outs and the bases empty, Bonds blasted No. 71, to the deepest half of the ballpark in correct center.

“I’ve played against Chan Ho Park, and he’s never really pitched around me,” Bonds talked about, on this video celebrating his accomplishment. “I didn’t want to get overwhelmed by it, or overexcited about it. But I knew that Chan Ho was going to give me an opportunity. The only one who was going to mess it up was going to be me.”

Park gave him the possibility, and Bonds didn’t mess it up. He hit No. 72 major off the underside of the third, sending a breaking ball over the center-field fence. Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully talked about this, moments after the blast. “It’s like batting practice for Bonds against Chan Ho Park.”

6. Like father(s), like son(s)

If you might be learning this, you almost certainly know all about Tatis’ son, Fernando Tatis Jr.

He’s not only one of the very best prospects in all of baseball, nonetheless he’s proving to be one of one of the very best shortstops inside the majors, correct now. The Padres known as him up for Opening Day – rattling the service time implications – and he’s delivered, with six homers and a .954 OPS by means of his first 22 video video games inside the majors. Tatis Jr., was born on Jan. 2, 1999, which made him merely shy of 4 months earlier when his dad made baseball historic previous. It’s changing into, most definitely, that the elder Tatis’ birthday is Jan. 1 (1975), they often rejoice on back-to-back days.

But he is not the one budding well-known particular person whose father carried out on this one. Raul Mondesi gained the NL Rookie of the Year award for the Dodgers in 1994, and he was inside the middle of a stretch of 9 consecutive years with a minimal of 24 residence runs. In 1999, he set career bests with 33 homers, 99 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.

His son, Adalberto Mondesi, has taken Kansas City by storm. Last 12 months, in 75 big-league video video games, Mondesi had 32 stolen bases, 14 homers and a 3.1 bWAR. In 21 video video games to date this 12 months, he has 12 extra-base hits – six doubles, 4 triples and two homers – and 7 stolen bases. He has a spot in MLB historic previous, too. Mondesi is the first participant ever to make his MLB debut in a World Series game, as a pinch-hitter inside the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.

7. Shannon nailed the calls

Mike Shannon is a Cardinals icon. He was the third baseman for the World Series-winning squads in 1964 and 1967 and has been broadcasting Cardinals video video games not directly, type or sort since 1972. So it was solely changing into that he was behind the microphone for this dramatic third inning. And he nailed every calls with typical Mike Shannon gusto.

“Power against power here. A fastball to Tatis, with the bases loaded, no one out, 2-0 the count, that would be my guess, and I think that’s what Tatis is looking for. Let’s see how they play it. Park is set. He kicks and delivers. Fastball, and it’s a graaaaaand slam!”

Classic. And then we hear a well known voice chime in. “That went over the bullpen! That went over the back wall of the bullpen.”

Shannon will not be so sure: “Naw, I don’t think it went that far, did it, Joe?”

Yep. Joe, as in Joe Buck. Long sooner than he was Fox Sports’ voice of, properly, all of the issues, he adopted in his dad’s footsteps on Cardinals broadcasts. By 1999 he had been working at Fox for a quantity of years nonetheless nonetheless calling Cardinals video video games, too.

Shannon’s identify for grand slam No. 2 was merely as thrilling.

“Tatis could make it an 11-run inning here in the third. The Cardinals have already scored seven. And the pitch, the runners go, the 3-2 … Tatis … swing and a long one! There it is, folks! Baseball history! A second grand slam home run for Fernando Tatis in the third inning in Los Angeles, California and the Cardinals lead 11-2. Wow. Woow-oow. Get those record books out, folks. The date: April the 23rd, 1999, and we’ve just seen Fernando Tatis hit two grand slam home runs off Chan Ho Park in the third inning. A hanging slider, and the fans here at Dodger Stadium are giving him a standing ovation!”

8. Odds and ends

Just a pair of totally different points in regards to the game that have been fascinating.

J.D. Drew went 2-for-4 on the day for the Cardinals, along with a home run of his private. But he made two of the three outs in that third inning.

The Dodgers had three former Rookie of the Year winners come to the plate that day – Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros and Todd Hollandsworth.

Cardinals catcher Eli Marrero went 2-for-5 with a home run to spice up his batting frequent to .341 on the youthful season, nonetheless then went merely 4-for-43 (.093) in his subsequent 15 video video games, and he accomplished the 12 months with a .192 frequent.

Adrian Beltre was a 20-year-old third baseman for the Dodgers, nonetheless initially of his first full 12 months inside the majors. He went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI inside the contest.




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