Imagine my surprise when I saw this in my timeline today:
My only response:
Now granted, it’s not unprecedented for catcher to hit an inside the park home run because inside the park home runs are almost always the result of weird bounces. Even slow guys can score when the ball bounces like crazy. And that’s how it happened for McCann:
As far as I can tell, there have been 49 catcher IPHR since 1938 according to Baseball-Reference. I have no idea if the data is accurate, but let’s assume it is. I’m not going to bother to see if it was the first time it’s ever been the guy’s first HR, but the odds are pretty high that it has only happened a couple of times maximum.
But what’s fun about this for me is that McCann crushed the ball. He’s never hit a ball 380 feet in the majors and this one went 402 or something and he has to run all the way around the freaking bases. Off the bat, when you hit it 400 feet, you kind of expect to trot (98% of the time per Savant). Especially the first time.