Athletics rookies Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto did something unprecedented Saturday.
They each hit their first career home run. Sure, thousands of players have homered in baseball history, and No. 1 is always a special event. But Saturday marked the first time in MLB history three players had hit their first home run in the same game.
Right-fielder Olson got the Athletics going in their 10-2 rout of the White Sox with a two-run homer in the first.
Center-fielder Brugman followed in the second, and Barreto, the A’s No. 1 prospect making his MLB debut, homered in the third for his first major-league hit. The shortstop had just arrived from Triple-A Nashville earlier Saturday.
Game Mens Marcus Thornton Jersey All three home runs came off White Sox starter James Shields.
Meet everyone’s favorite superteam of tomorrow. Believe it or not, Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t yet qualified for star status by this measure, which shows just how close this team is to superteam territory. RPM still views Andrew Wiggins’ peripherals as questionable enough to slot him outside the NBA’s top 250, but his scoring average — 23.6 points per game last season — suggests he’s on the cusp of stardom.
Teague probably will fall off this list soon. But between Towns and Butler, this team has some MVP candidates on deck. Remember, Butler was the seventh-best player by RPM this past season. If Towns’ defense improves, he’ll make this a no-doubt super duo in no time. But only five SuperPoints keep them from the upper echelons.
Brenton Bersin Game Jersey How they move up: You don’t have to squint hard at all to see a superteam consisting of Towns, Butler and Wiggins, but the third piece is probably further away than most would think. If another team is higher on Wiggins, don’t be surprised if the new Minnesota regime, which did not draft him, puts Wiggins in a trade for a win-now player — for the second time in his career.