One of the unique things about baseball is that history can be made on any given day or night at the ballpark, especially if you are paying close enough attention. The 2014 season was no exception, as players and teams alike added their names to the record books. Here is a rundown of some of those baseball "firsts" that may have initially gone unnoticed.
In 2014, for the first time in baseball history a batter...
» Hit three doubles, two singles and a home run in a game (Charlie Blackmon).
» Doubled six times in the first seven games of his career (Yangervis Solarte).
» Had a grand slam, two other hits and a pair of intentional walks in the same game (Giancarlo Stanton).
» Hit a grand slam for two different teams in April (Ike Davis, Mets and Pirates).
» Went 5-for-5 with three homers and nine RBIs in a game (Lonnie Chisenhall).
» Recorded multiple hits and multiple stolen bases in four consecutive games (Jose Altuve).
» Homered 20 or more times in seven consecutive seasons while playing for five different teams in that span (Mark Reynolds).
» Went 4,000 days between the first and second RBI of his career (Jerome Williams).
» Stole three bases in a game for a team that was the victim of a no-hitter (Jason Heyward).
» Drove in a run in eight straight games while playing for more than one team during the streak (Adam Dunn).
» Hit a solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam homer sequentially in successive games (Devin Mesoraco).
» Made at least 225 plate appearances in a season yet scored fewer than five runs (Jose Molina).
» Struck out more than 90 times in a season of fewer than 250 plate appearances (Javier Baez).
» Who was playing shortstop hit a grand slam in a postseason game (Brandon Crawford).
» Homered and doubled in three straight postseason games (Matt Carpenter).
» Had multiple hits in six consecutive playoff games (Nelson Cruz).
» Ended an NLCS with a home run (Travis Ishikawa).
» Struck out 10 batters in an outing of less than four innings (Danny Salazar).
» Fanned 10 hitters and walked five in a start that was no longer than four innings (Michael Wacha).
» Made the first 178 starts of a career without completing one (Max Scherzer).
» Struck out the side on nine pitches with the bases loaded (Brad Boxberger).
» Made it through the first nine starts of a campaign without allowing either more than two runs or five hits (Johnny Cueto).
» Fanned 40 batters in a season before walking his second (Sean Doolittle).
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» Struck out as many as 15 batters in a walk-free no-hitter (Clayton Kershaw).
» Worked seven or more scoreless innings in nine of his first 18 starts of a season (Adam Wainwright).
» Won eight consecutive starts in a single season during which he struck out at least 80 batters with an ERA below 1.00 (Kershaw).
» Who previously had won a Cy Young Award lost 12 decisions in a row (Jake Peavy).
» Made 16 consecutive starts of at least seven innings in which he allowed two or fewer runs (Felix Hernandez).
» Struck out 14 batters in a scoreless start of exactly six innings (Mike Fiers).
» Lost a one-hit complete game in which he fanned at least nine batters in fewer than nine innings (David Price).
» Saved 30 games in a season for two different teams by the age of 25 (Addison Reed).
» Fanned 10 or more batters in a game for a fifth different team (A.J. Burnett).
» Who previously had won a Cy Young Award allowed nine straight hits in a game (Price).
» Opened a season with three starts of at least seven innings, fewer than two runs and no walks (Derek Holland).
» Allowed as many as eight earned runs and 10 hits while getting fewer than three outs in an appearance (Carlos Frias).
» Beat one team (Oakland) three times while pitching for three different teams in the same season (Jerome Williams).
» Retired at least six batters while striking out every one he faced in two different games of a season (Antonio Bastardo).
» Struck out more than 11 batters for each one he walked (Phil Hughes).
» Won fewer than 10 games despite making 30 starts and posting an ERA below 2.50 (Cole Hamels).
» Fanned as many as 182 batters in a season of less than 150 innings (Yu Darvish).
» Whiffed at least one batter in 49 straight relief appearances (Aroldis Chapman).
» Fanned 52 percent of the batters (min. 50 IP) he faced in a season (Chapman).
» Averaged 10-plus strikeouts per nine innings in each of his first seven seasons (David Robertson).
» Allowed at least seven earned runs in back-to-back postseason starts (Kershaw).
» Allowed no more than one run in any of the first five postseason starts of his career (Ryan Vogelsong).
— Compiled by Bruce Herman for Athlon Sports