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Ryan Roberts makes it a full deck of grand slams

Posted by Andy on October 5, 2011

Moments ago Ryan Roberts hit the 52nd grand slam in post-season history. Click through for the full list before him.

Cr# Gm# Date ▾ Series Gm# Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
51 1 2011-10-04 NLDS 3 Paul Goldschmidt ARI MIL Shaun Marcum ahead 1-3 b5 123 2 4 (1-2) 4 0.14 3.35 1.72 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Collmenter Scores; Bloomquist Scores; Montero Scores
50 1 2011-09-30 ALDS 1 Robinson Cano NYY DET Al Alburquerque ahead 1-4 b6 123 2 2 (0-1) 4 0.08 3.31 1.00 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Gardner Scores; Jeter Scores; Granderson Scores
49 1 2008-10-02 NLDS 2 Shane Victorino PHI MIL CC Sabathia tied 1-1 b2 123 2 4 (1-2) 4 0.29 3.32 2.93 Home Run (Fly Ball); Feliz Scores; Myers Scores; Rollins Scores
48 1 2008-10-01 NLDS 1 James Loney LAD @CHC Ryan Dempster down 2-0 t5 123 2 5 (1-2) 4 0.42 3.31 3.68 Home Run (Fly Ball); Furcal Scores; Ramirez Scores; Ethier Scores
47 1 2007-10-20 ALCS 6 J.D. Drew BOS CLE Fausto Carmona tied 0-0 b1 123 2 5 (3-1) 4 0.26 3.29 2.65 Home Run (Fly Ball); Pedroia Scores; Youkilis Scores; Ortiz Scores
46 1 2007-10-04 NLDS 2 Kazuo Matsui COL @PHI Kyle Lohse down 3-2 t4 123 2 4 (1-2) 4 0.37 3.31 3.59 Home Run (Fly Ball); Atkins Scores; Torrealba Scores; Smith Scores
45 1 2005-10-23 WS 2 Paul Konerko CHW HOU Chad Qualls down 4-2 b7 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 0.58 3.31 5.22 Home Run (Fly Ball); Uribe Scores; Iguchi Scores; Dye Scores
43 1 2005-10-09 NLDS 4 Adam LaRoche ATL @HOU Brandon Backe tied 0-0 t3 123 2 3 (1-1) 4 0.32 3.33 3.19 Home Run (Fly Ball to CF-RF); Giles Scores; Jones Scores; Jones Scores
44 2 2005-10-09 NLDS 4 Lance Berkman HOU ATL Kyle Farnsworth down 6-1 b8 123 1 4 (2-1) 4 0.17 2.68 1.74 Home Run (Line Drive); Bruntlett Scores; Biggio Scores; Scott Scores
42 1 2005-10-04 NLDS 1 Reggie Sanders STL SDP Jake Peavy ahead 0-4 b5 123 1 4 (3-0) 4 0.04 2.68 .59 Home Run (Fly Ball); Edmonds Scores; Pujols Scores; Walker Scores
41 1 2004-10-20 ALCS 7 Johnny Damon BOS @NYY Javier Vazquez ahead 0-2 t2 123 1 1 (0-0) 4 0.15 2.66 1.83 Home Run (Fly Ball); Millar Scores; Mueller Scores; Cabrera Scores
40 1 2004-10-08 ALDS 3 Vladimir Guerrero ANA @BOS Mike Timlin down 6-2 t7 123 2 2 (0-1) 4 0.33 3.29 2.18 Home Run (Fly Ball); Molina Scores; Eckstein Scores; Erstad Scores
39 1 2003-10-11 NLCS 4 Aramis Ramirez CHC @FLA Dontrelle Willis tied 0-0 t1 123 1 7 (2-2) 4 0.22 2.69 2.52 Home Run (Fly Ball); Lofton Scores; Sosa Scores; Alou Scores
38 1 1999-10-17 ALCS 4 Ricky Ledee NYY @BOS Rod Beck ahead 2-5 t9 123 1 4 0.02 2.64 .43 Home Run; O'Neill Scores/unER; Williams Scores; Martinez Scores
37 1 1999-10-11 ALDS 5 Troy O'Leary BOS @CLE Charles Nagy down 5-3 t3 123 1 4 0.26 2.64 2.74 Home Run; Valentin Scores; Daubach Scores; Garciaparra Scores
36 1 1999-10-07 ALDS 2 Jim Thome CLE BOS John Wasdin ahead 1-7 b4 123 2 4 0.03 3.28 .41 Home Run; Lofton Scores; Vizquel Scores; Ramirez Scores
35 1 1999-10-05 NLDS 1 Edgardo Alfonzo NYM @ARI Bobby Chouinard tied 4-4 t9 123 2 4 0.45 3.30 6.90 Home Run; Ordonez Scores; Mora Scores; Henderson Scores
34 1 1998-10-17 WS 1 Tino Martinez NYY SDP Mark Langston tied 5-5 b7 123 2 6 (3-2) 4 0.34 3.31 4.54 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Jeter Scores; Williams Scores; Davis Scores
33 1 1998-10-13 ALCS 6 Jim Thome CLE @NYY David Cone down 6-1 t5 123 1 1 (0-0) 4 0.20 2.66 1.91 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep RF); Lofton Scores; Vizquel Scores; Justice Scores
32 1 1998-10-11 NLCS 4 Andres Galarraga ATL @SDP Dan Miceli ahead 3-4 t7 123 2 2 (1-0) 4 0.24 3.35 2.97 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Guillen Scores; Lockhart Scores; Jones Scores
31 1 1998-10-03 NLDS 3 Eddie Perez ATL @CHC Rod Beck ahead 0-2 t8 123 1 1 (0-0) 4 0.08 2.68 1.32 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF Line); Jones Scores; Williams Scores; Jones Scores
30 1 1998-09-30 NLDS 1 Ryan Klesko ATL CHC Matt Karchner ahead 0-3 b7 123 2 6 (3-2) 4 0.05 3.33 .67 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep RF); Weiss Scores; Lockhart Scores; Jones Scores
29 1 1997-10-04 ALDS 3 Paul O'Neill NYY @CLE Chad Ogea ahead 1-2 t4 123 2 8 (3-2) 4 0.26 3.30 2.84 Home Run (Fly Ball); Girardi Scores; Raines Scores; Jeter Scores
28 1 1997-10-03 NLDS 3 Devon White FLA @SFG Wilson Alvarez down 1-0 t6 123 2 4 (2-1) 4 0.47 3.33 4.73 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Alou Scores; Conine Scores; Johnson Scores
27 1 1996-10-10 NLCS 2 Gary Gaetti STL @ATL Greg Maddux ahead 3-4 t7 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 0.26 3.31 3.12 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Sweeney Scores/unER; Clayton Scores/unER; Jordan Scores/unER; Gaetti Scores/unER
26 1 1996-10-04 ALDS 3 Albert Belle CLE BAL Armando Benitez tied 4-4 b7 123 0 5 (1-2) 4 0.15 2.15 2.16 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF-CF); Lofton Scores; Seitzer Scores; Candaele Scores
25 1 1996-10-01 ALDS 1 Bobby Bonilla BAL CLE Paul Shuey ahead 3-5 b6 123 2 6 (3-2) 4 0.14 3.29 1.74 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Anderson Scores; Zeile Scores; Palmeiro Scores
24 1 1995-10-07 ALDS 4 Edgar Martinez SEA NYY John Wetteland tied 6-6 b8 123 0 6 (2-2) 4 0.12 2.15 2.20 Home Run (Fly Ball); Coleman Scores; Cora Scores; Griffey Scores
23 1 1995-10-06 NLDS 3 Mark Lewis CIN LAD Mark Guthrie ahead 1-3 b6 123 0 5 (2-2) 4 0.06 2.16 .87 Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Morris Scores; Santiago Scores; Boone Scores
22 1 1992-10-22 WS 5 Lonnie Smith ATL @TOR Jack Morris ahead 2-3 t5 123 2 6 (1-2) 4 0.27 3.33 2.99 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Sanders Scores; Pendleton Scores; Justice Scores
21 1 1992-10-07 NLCS 2 Ron Gant ATL PIT Bob Walk ahead 0-4 b5 123 2 3 (2-0) 4 0.05 3.35 .62 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Nixon Scores; Blauser Scores; Justice Scores
20 1 1989-10-04 NLCS 1 Will Clark SFG @CHC Greg Maddux ahead 3-4 t4 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 0.27 3.35 2.87 Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Sheridan Scores; Uribe Scores; Butler Scores
19 1 1988-10-15 WS 1 Jose Canseco OAK @LAD Tim Belcher down 2-0 t2 123 2 2 (1-0) 4 0.38 3.37 3.28 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF); Hubbard Scores; Stewart Scores; Lansford Scores
18 1 1987-10-24 WS 6 Kent Hrbek MIN STL Ken Dayley ahead 5-6 b6 123 2 1 (0-0) 4 0.22 3.30 2.64 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep CF); Gagne Scores; Puckett Scores; Baylor Scores
17 1 1987-10-17 WS 1 Dan Gladden MIN STL Bob Forsch ahead 1-3 b4 123 0 4 (1-2) 4 0.08 2.15 1.12 Home Run (LF-CF); Hrbek Scores; Lombardozzi Scores; Laudner Scores
16 1 1982-10-09 ALCS 4 Don Baylor CAL @MIL Moose Haas down 7-1 t8 123 1 1 (0-0) 4 0.06 2.71 .70 Home Run; Downing Scores; Carew Scores; Lynn Scores
15 1 1977-10-05 NLCS 2 Dusty Baker LAD PHI Jim Lonborg tied 1-1 b4 123 1 4 (1-2) 4 0.24 2.70 2.99 Home Run; Russell Scores; Smith Scores; Garvey Scores
14 1 1977-10-04 NLCS 1 Ron Cey LAD PHI Steve Carlton down 5-1 b7 123 2 8 (3-2) 4 0.42 3.34 2.47 Home Run; Lopes Scores; Russell Scores; Smith Scores
13 1 1970-10-13 WS 3 Dave McNally BAL CIN Wayne Granger ahead 1-4 b6 123 2 4 0.07 3.35 .86 Home Run (Deep LF); Blair Scores; Robinson Scores; Johnson Scores
12 1 1970-10-03 ALCS 1 Mike Cuellar BAL @MIN Jim Perry ahead 2-3 t4 123 1 4 0.20 2.71 2.51 Home Run; Hendricks Scores; Johnson Scores; Belanger Scores
11 1 1968-10-09 WS 6 Jim Northrup DET @STL Larry Jaster ahead 0-4 t3 123 0 4 0.04 2.23 .61 Home Run (Deep RF); Kaline Scores; Cash Scores; Horton Scores
10 1 1964-10-14 WS 6 Joe Pepitone NYY @STL Gordie Richardson ahead 1-4 t8 123 2 4 0.06 3.34 .77 Home Run (Deep RF); Mantle Scores; Howard Scores; Tresh Scores
9 1 1964-10-11 WS 4 Ken Boyer STL @NYY Al Downing down 3-0 t6 123 1 4 0.41 2.72 3.48 Home Run (Deep LF); Warwick Scores; Flood Scores; Groat Scores/unER
8 1 1962-10-08 WS 4 Chuck Hiller SFG @NYY Marshall Bridges tied 2-2 t7 123 2 4 0.40 3.34 4.85 Home Run (Deep RF); Davenport Scores; Alou Scores; Bowman Scores
7 1 1960-10-08 WS 3 Bobby Richardson NYY PIT Clem Labine ahead 0-2 b1 123 1 4 0.13 2.72 1.71 Home Run (Deep LF Line); Skowron Scores; McDougald Scores; Howard Scores
6 1 1956-10-10 WS 7 Bill Skowron NYY @BRO Roger Craig ahead 0-5 t7 123 0 4 0.01 2.16 .07 Home Run (Deep LF); Martin Scores; Mantle Scores; Berra Scores
5 1 1956-10-05 WS 2 Yogi Berra NYY @BRO Don Newcombe ahead 0-2 t2 123 2 4 0.20 3.32 2.18 Home Run (Deep RF); Larsen Scores; Slaughter Scores; Mantle Scores
4 1 1953-10-04 WS 5 Mickey Mantle NYY @BRO Russ Meyer ahead 1-2 t3 123 2 4 0.26 3.31 2.72 Home Run (Deep LF); Collins Scores/unER; Bauer Scores/unER; Berra Scores/unER; Mantle Scores/unER
3 1 1951-10-09 WS 5 Gil McDougald NYY @NYG Larry Jansen tied 1-1 t3 123 2 4 0.32 3.33 3.22 Home Run (Deep LF); Berra Scores; DiMaggio Scores; Mize Scores
2 1 1936-10-02 WS 2 Tony Lazzeri NYY @NYG Dick Coffman ahead 1-5 t3 123 1 4 0.08 2.68 1.03 Home Run (Deep RF); Gehrig Scores; Dickey Scores; Powell Scores
1 1 1920-10-10 WS 5 Elmer Smith CLE BRO Burleigh Grimes tied 0-0 b1 123 0 4 0.15 2.15 1.88 Home Run (Deep RF); Jamieson Scores; Wambsganss Scores; Speaker Scores
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2011.

A couple of notes:

  • That's 3 grand slams this year already!
  • Jim Thome is the only guy to have 2 in the playoffs.

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20 Responses to “Ryan Roberts makes it a full deck of grand slams”

  1. 19 of the 49 Post Season Grand Slams before this post-season were by the eventual World Series Champions.

  2. odd that there weren't more in the high offense 20's and 30's

  3. By wpa,

    Paul Konerko with the most valuable postseason grand slam ever!

  4. SwishHoward Says:

    And a special mention for Robin Ventura, perhaps?

  5. Let's give it up for Greg Maddux and Rod Beck, who each have surrendered 2 post season grand slams. And bonus points to the late Beck, who gave them up to Eddie Perez and Ricky Ledee. Maddux gave them up to Will Clark and Gary Gaetti.

  6. I tought Vinny Castilla had a Grand Slam against Maddux during the 95' NLDS.

    Wow, baseballs are flying out of Chase Field tonight.

  7. When I watched the home run tonight, my first thought was whether any other team had had slams in consecutive post-season games. Turns out, the Dodgers did that exactly 44 years ago tonight, in the '77 NLCS.

    Other series where a team has had 2 slams, but not in consecutive games: Yanks in '56 WS, Twins in '87 WS, Braves in '98 NLDS.

    Will the Snakes continue this trend and win their series?

  8. Mike Gaber Says:

    That's 4 Grand Slams for the Daimondbacks in their last 4 "home" games.

    Remember that next to last game vs the Dodgers when they had the 6 runs in the 10th capped off by the Ryan Roberts slam to win it.

    Then on the last day of the season vs the Dodgers Cole Gillespie had a slam in a 7-5 loss.

    In the playoffs Goldmidt in the NLDS opene and today Ryan Roberts.

    Wonder if that has been done in 4 straight home games before.

  9. JoeThunder Says:

    I love how they mention 4 RBI's. Like if some how 5 or 6 were possible!

  10. How about picthers McNally and Cuellar going deep in same postseason? I doubt that awesome feat will ever happen again -- tho i wouldnt mind seeing Gallardo and Greinke (2 good hitters) give it a shot this year.

  11. Happened 11 times before the divisional format in 1969.

    It was a special occurrence, once every six years.

    Since 1969, it is happening on average once every postseason.

  12. #11, yeah that'll happen with a lot more games and a generally higher run-scoring environment. The three times this year is pretty crazy, and we still have at least 15 more post-season games to be played (3 DS finales, and at least 4 ALCS, 4 NLCS, and 4 WS games).

  13. #11 - The issue here is that there a lot more post-season games. If we're just counting WS, there have been only 7 since 1969. That's a lot closer comparison. Or, even better, if you count 1920 as the first year after the dead ball era, there were 11 WS grand slams in the 49 series played between 1920 and 1968 (inclusive), and 7 in the 41 series played between 1969 and 2010 (inclusive and no WS in 1994). Viewed that way, the pace actually has slowed.

  14. Mets Maven Says:

    @11

    I see a different pattern in the data. Before 1951, it happened twice. Then, from 1951 to 1986 it happened 14 times, or once every 2 1/2 years. It happened 33 times between 1987 and 2008, or 1.5 times per year (almost 4x the previous rate). Let's see if this year breaks the record of five, set in 1998. It's still early in the post-season and we already have 3.

  15. Jim Palmer must be shaking his head in disbelief right now.

  16. The Original Jimbo Says:

    2 for Thome! And still active nonetheless.

  17. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    As for the distribution of grand slams in post season play:

    In the first 47 years of the WS (1903-1950), there were a total of only two grand slams. Very strange, as @2/ Cheese points out, that there weren't more in the high-scoring 20s/30s. As a partial explanation, I would point out that the seasonal HRs/ team totals were less in the 20s/30s than since WWII, and have risen steadily since then. Plus, the majority of teams had just one big HR hitter (if that).

    In the next 18 years (1951-1968), there were 9 grand slams, or about one every other year. Not surprisingly, six were by the Yankees.

    Since divisional play in 1969, there has been about one a year, specifically 40 in 43 years. However, before the wild card in 1995, there were only 11 grand slams in 24 years (1969-1993), or less than the rate of the WS of 1951-1968. Since then, there have been 29 (and more?) in 17 years. AS @11/ Jason points out, a post-season grand slam used to be a very special event; since 1995, it happens more years than not.

    The usual caveat about "small sample size" applies.

  18. David Matchett Says:

    Look at the Arizona infield in this game from August 24, 2011:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WAS/WAS201108240.shtml

    1B - Lyle Overbay
    2B - Aaron Hill
    SS - John McDonald
    3B - Ryan Roberts

    Now look at this game from May 27, 2007:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIN/MIN200705270.shtml

    There they all are together starting in the same positions for the Blue Jays. I guess Troy Glaus needed a day off. And it was Roberts' last game as a Blue Jay. He played one game the next year with Texas before finding a home in Arizona in 2009.

    With the Jays missing October baseball for the 18th straight season I'll be rooting for their 2007 infield (at least for 1 game) to make it all the way.

  19. This post shows everything that is wrong about using WPA to equate to the skill of a player.

  20. DoubleDiamond Says:

    @18 - I wondered if perhaps Roy Halladay was on the mound for that May 27, 2007 game. It turns out he wasn't, but the starter and loser, with an 8-inning complete game that day, was someone else who has a Division Series start in which he ended up as the winning pitcher in this postseason.