The hefty Tyler O’Neill spotted teammate Paul Goldschmidt hitting his 30th home run of the season this Friday, hitting a throw in the top of the third inning to the middle of the bleachers in center field, and he wanted to join the fun on the St. Louis Cardinals.
So the St. Louis Cardinals left fielder simply hit his own blast in the fifth set – a mammoth 454-foot shot from Statcast that left Wrigley Field on the run – to join teammate Goldschmidt; each has 30 home runs on the year thanks to a two-run howitzer in the afternoon:
Waiting for them at the 30 home run plateau was Nolan Arenado. Only one other trio have accomplished such a feat in franchise history: the “MV3” of Albert Pujols, former center fielder Jim Edmonds and former third baseman Scott Rolen in 2004. Arenado has 33 homers, three more than his teammates.
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That year 2004, Pujols finished with 46 home runs, Edmonds with 42 and Rolen had 34. Everything indicates that neither Goldschmidt, O’Neill and Arenado will reach Edmonds ’42, much less Pujols’ 46.
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