Cooper: Scooter Gennett’s production rivaled Mike Ford’s 4-HR day

From Tim Cooper at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on June 11, 2017:

Mike Ford was a history major at Princeton, but the annals of baseball were not his area of expertise.

“Not so much, to be honest with you,” said Ford, the first baseman for the Trenton Thunder, the Class AA affiliate of the New York Yankees. “I’m pretty terribly versed in that.”

In his own way,Ford, 24, is a small part of baseball history. Before Scooter Gennett hit four home runs Tuesday for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals, Ford was the most recent professional player to accomplish the feat, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. He did it for the Class A Charleston RiverDogs in Hickory, N.C., on May 25, 2014.

Ford had made his professional debut the previous summer, after signing with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent. Even though he had just won the Ivy League awards for player of the year and pitcher of the year, no team took him in the 2013 draft.

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Originally published: June 12, 2017. Last Updated: June 12, 2017.