Matt Davidson will join the likes of Dmitri Young (April 4, 2005), Tuffy Rodes (April 4, 1994), and George Bell (April 4, 1988) in baseball history as the only players to hit 3 home runs on Opening Day.
Davidson and the rest of the Chicago White Sox combined for a whopping 6 home runs in their 14-7 win over the Kansas City Royals. Tim Anderson homered twice and Jose Abreu once to complete the slugfest. The 6 dingers hit by the Sox tie the 1988 Mets for the record for team home runs on Opening Day.
Davidson became the 15th player in Chicago White Sox history to hit 3 home runs in one game with the team record being 4. Interestingly, Davidson’s home runs went out at an exit velocity of 115.1 MPH, 114.0 MPH, and 113.9 MPH. No other player in Statcast history has ever hit three 110+ MPH home runs in a game.
In 2017, Matt Davidson hit a slash line of .220/.260/.452 with 26 home runs and 68 RBI in 443 plate appearances.
Davidson hit solo home runs in the 4th and fifth inning and capped off his home run tear with a three-run bomb in the top of the eighth. Davidson finished the game with 3 home runs in 4 at-bats with 5 RBI.
Davidson is currently on pace to hit 486 home runs in 2018. Not bad!