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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Aaron Hill becomes fourth player in MLB history to hit for two cycles in one season

By repeating his incredible achievement, Hill becomes the fourth player in MLB history to hit for two cycles in the same season.

John Reilly was the first all the way back in 1883, and is the only other player to hit two cycles within one calendar month (Sept. 12 and 19). Tip O’Neill then did it in 1887, with his cycles also coming just one week apart (April 30 and May 7). The most recent was Babe Herman in 1931 — or one Halley’s Comet visit plus six years ago.

So yes, we’re talking about a truly rare accomplishment here for Aaron Hill. And when you consider the rarity of the cycle (Hill’s latest is the 294th) compared to the rarity of the no-hitter (272), and the short period time between the cycles, it could be considered the individual batting equivalent of Johnny Vander Meer’s consecutive no-hitters back in 1938.

Thanks to Phil.

Repoz Posted: June 30, 2012 at 07:11 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ryan Lind Posted: June 30, 2012 at 07:45 AM (#4169990)
He's been crazy. In between hitting for the cycle twice a week apart he had back to back games where he homered and doubled, and he fell a double short of the cycle a week before that.
   2. John DiFool2 Posted: June 30, 2012 at 08:10 AM (#4169992)
Not too bad for a guy who looked like he was about toast.
   3. Chris Fluit Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4170004)
Hill has been a completely different player since moving to Arizona. Even his best seasons in Toronto weren't this good. Might add something to the "change of scenery" theory.

Two, once again, a think factory discussion prompted me to look up a player's page on baseball reference. I should know by now that I should always have bb-ref open on another tab when I'm on btf.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: June 30, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4170055)
I should know by now that I should always have bb-ref open on another tab when I'm on btf.
Or, get a browser extension that allows you to look him up on B-R by highlighting his name.
   5. Gamingboy Posted: June 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4170061)
Insert lame "Bicycle" joke here.
   6. tshipman Posted: June 30, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4170065)
Or, get a browser extension that allows you to look him up on B-R by highlighting his name.


Does this sorcery exist for Chrome?
   7. Srul Itza Posted: June 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4170113)
Or, get a browser extension that allows you to look him up on B-R by highlighting his name.


Where?
   8. Srul Itza Posted: June 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4170115)
Hill has been a completely different player since moving to Arizona.


Moving to a lower league can do that to you.
   9. The District Attorney Posted: June 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM (#4170129)
Does this sorcery exist for Chrome?
Yeah. I use Universal Search. I also see a couple of "context search" extensions that I'm sure are similar. I haven't used Firefox in a while, but when I did, it had "context search" extensions as well, so looking for that or "universal search" should turn them up.
   10. zenbitz Posted: June 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4170147)
Well Luann will be pleased.

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