15 years later: Shawn Green’s epic four-homer, six-hit day against the Brewers

Green was the 14th player to that point to have a four-homer game, which, as you can imagine, is quite rare ’ usually happening roughly once a decade. But strangely, Green’s record-tying day came just a few weeks after the Mariners’ Mike Cameron equaled the feat against the White Sox on May 2.

Green’s four-homer showing came about nine years after the last occurrence in the National League, when the Cardinals’ Mark Whiten took the Reds deep four times on Sept. 7, 1993, on his way to a 12-RBI day.

Since Green’s big day, two other players have matched the four-homer feat: Carlos Delgado of the Blue Jays on Sept. 25, 2003 and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers on May 8, 2012.

It’s hard enough to get any hit in a big-league game, let alone six. And it’s hard to hit one homer in a game, let alone four. Add all that together, and Green’s 6-for-6, four-homer game stands out as one of the greatest offensive showings in modern baseball history.

That reasoning didn’t fly with the court, which noted that Kang had faced only a fine after his previous two DUI convictions and more stringent punishment ’ which still won’t force him to serve jail time barring another incident ’ was warranted.

Considering all circumstances, we don’t believe the original sentencing was outside reasonable limits, the decision read, via Yonhap. All extenuating circumstances were reflected in that ruling. Since he’d been fined twice for DUIs and fled the scene in his third DUI accident, we can’t accept his argument that the original ruling was too harsh.

Kang has been on the Pirates’ restricted list since March and is not being paid by the team while he awaits a resolution. The 30-year-old slashed .255/.354/.513 with 21 home runs in 103 games for Pittsburgh last season.

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