By MARK SIMON
If it seems like there have been a lot of home run robberies lately, it’s true.
There have been five in the last three days, most notably Jackie Bradley Jr.’s climb to steal a walk-off home run from Trey Mancini on Wednesday, and Josh Reddick’s snatch of Hunter Pence’s potential go-ahead home run in the ninth inning on Thursday. In all, there have been 19 this season.
That sounds like a lot. Is it?
Well, if home run robberies continue happening at this pace, it would be. This pace would produce 83 home run robberies for the season.
Sports Info Solutions has been tracking home run robberies since 2004. Video Scouts watch every game and confer on any potential home run robbery call. Each one is scrutinized carefully via video review to ensure the ball would have been over the fence if not caught.
The most home run robberies in a season is 65, which was done in 2018. So the current pace would shatter that mark.
However, it’s worth noting that last season, there were 20 home run robberies through games played on May 9th, one more than this season.
Also of note: Adam Jones recorded his 11th home run robbery on Thursday. That total ties for third in our data set. Jones is one of five players with at least 10 home run robberies.
Reddick’s catch on Thursday marked the third time this season that a potential game-tying or go-ahead home run was robbed in the ninth inning or later. The other two were by Bradley on Wednesday and by Lorenzo Cain against Jose Martinez to end the Brewers’ Opening Day win over the Cardinals.
Cain leads the majors with three this season. Ramon Laureano has two and is the only other player with more than one.
There have been three robberies apiece at Camden Yards and Miller Park in 2019, the most in the majors.
If you’re looking for a home run robbery at Wrigley Field, keep looking. It’s the one current ballpark that has never had one.