August 7, 2023
By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
I’m old enough to remember Junior Felix’s rookie season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989.
In my memory, he was unstoppable in his first few games.
It turns out he had nine hits in his first seven MLB contests, which makes what Davis Schneider did with the Blue Jays this weekend all the more remarkable.
In his first three major league games, the 24-year-old Schneider went 9-for-13 (.692 batting average) with two home runs and five RBIs and helped the Blue Jays to a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox.
And in the process, the Blue Jays’ 2017 28th round pick set some major league records.
Here’s a recap:
-As the Toronto Blue Jays announced, Schneider became the first player in major league history to have nine hits and two home runs in their first three games.
-As Sarah Langs shared, Schneider became the second big league player to have nine hits in their first three games. The first was Chicago Cubs outfielder Coaker Triplett in 1938.
-As Chris Black, of Sportsnet, noted, Schneider’s 15 total bases in his first three games were a record for most by a Blue Jays player.
And about Schneider’s baseball cards:
-After Schneider belted a home run in his first major league at bat on Friday (The fourth Blue Jay to do it after Al Woods (1977), Junior Felix (1989) and J.P. Arencibia (2010)), Topps produced a Topps Now card (see above) of Schneider. It sold out within hours.
-Schneider’s most coveted baseball card is a certified autograph card from the 2021 Bowman Prospects series. One example of the base version of this card sold for just $5.95 on eBay on August 1 (See below). Earlier today, an example of the same card fetched $250 on eBay (See below). And there are active eBay auctions where this card is selling for more than $250.