Three Strikes: Cyclebabble edition
September, 3, 2008
STRIKE ONE -- CYCLICALITY DEPT.: There's nothing Three Strikes loves more than a big day of cycling (not to be confused with a long day at the Tour de France). So let's reflect on baseball's first two-cycle day since 1920: • Adrian Beltre came to the plate in the eighth inning Monday needing a triple for the cycle. I'm not sure what the odds of that happening were, since I forgot to go to M.I.T. this week. But I do know it was Beltre's 522nd at-bat of the season -- and he had zero triples at the time. So naturally, this being baseball, he tripled. In the last 50 years, only one other player hit for the cycle in September in a season in which he was triple-free at the time. That was noted cycle specialist John Olerud, on Sept. 11, 1997. Olerud, you might recall, hit for the cycle twice in his career -- and both times, his triple was his first in three years. That, folks, is maximizing your cycling opportunities. • Stephen Drew's cycle included a second double, which puts him in a whole different group of cyclists. Just 10 other cycles in the last 50 years have been accomplished by men who had four extra-base hits that night. The only other active player to do it: Drew's Arizona teammate, Eric Byrnes, in 2003.
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