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Soderstrom joins Hall of Fame company, seizes opportunity at first base
Tyler Soderstrom
Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom runs toward first base after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader on Sunday in Minneapolis (AP Photo/Matt Krohn).

Tyler Soderstrom continued to swing a hot bat for the Oakland Athletics in Minnesota over the weekend. His latest heroics have placed him in the company of Hall of Fame talents.

In the finale of a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon — the second game of a day-night doubleheader — Soderstrom blasted a 421-foot solo home run off Chris Paddack in the third inning of Oakland’s 8-7 loss. He joined former A’s bash brother Jose Canseco and Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Cochrane as the only A’s players age 22 or younger to hit four home runs in a seven-game span, per team baseball information manager Mike Selleck.

Soderstrom finished the game going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Earlier in the day, the 2020 Turlock High graduate went 1-for-4 with a single in Oakland’s 6-2 loss. In the last 11 games, Soderstrom has 13 hits and 8 RBI. He started each game at first base.

Of the elite company Soderstrom joined, Cochrane is the only player who did not swat more than 450 career home runs. His Hall of Fame career, which spanned from 1925 to 1937, ended with 119. Canseco, who played from 1985 to 2001, is the only person not in the National Baseball Hall of Fame despite his six all-star appearances and 462 blasts because of his ties to performance enhancing drugs. Meanwhile, Foxx and Jackson are members of the illustrious 500 Club. Foxx, a 9-time all-star between 1925 to 1945, is 19th on the all-time home run list with 534. Jackson, better known by Yankees fans as Mr. October for his postseason heroics, is a 14-time all-star and is 14th all-time with 563 big flies. Each player has won multiple World Series titles.

The A’s had a day off Monday and began a three-game home series with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, though the off-day brought a roster shakeup.

That morning, the A’s further entrusted the 22-year-old Turlock native when they designated veteran corner infielder JD Davis for assignment. Davis, a right-hander who played third and first, occasionally slotted into Oakland’s lineup against left-handed pitching. In 39 games this season, the 31-year-old Elk Grove native hit .236 (29-for-123) with 5 RBI and 9 walks paired with 30 strikeouts. 

The move was also made in part due to the resurgence of third baseman Abraham Toro, who has found success as Oakland’s leadoff hitter with 27 hits over the last 30 games.

The Athletics will be at home through Sunday for a six-game homestand.