On Saturday night, Lucas Duda hit solo home runs in his first two at-bats. At that point, his last eight hits had each been home runs. He broke the streak by delivering an eventual game-winning RBI double in the eighth inning.
The eight hits, eight homers stat was cool enough, but it turns out he also pulled off another rare feat. As Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal details, Duda homered off of two brothers — Tyson Ross of the Padres, and Joe Ross of the Nationals — within four days of each other. Stats, LLC could only find 10 other players who had done that. Adam Dunn accomplished it most recently, homering off of Orlando Hernandez of the Diamondbacks and Livan Hernandez of the Nationals in 2006.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.