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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner becomes first player to hit for cycle on birthday in modern era

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner celebrated his 28th birthday in style on Wednesday by hitting for the cycle in a 15-6 victory, doing so by the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park.

Turner, who later left the game with a finger injury, is the first player in Major League Baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to hit for a cycle on his birthday, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

It’s the third cycle of Turner’s career, which is the most in Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise history, and ties the major league record for most cycles in a career.

He joins Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly as the only players to hit for three cycles in their career, per ESPN Stats & Information.

Turner singled to right-center in the bottom of the first inning, doubled to left in the third, hit a 400-foot home run to right-center in the fourth and completed the cycle by tripling to deep right in the sixth.

It’s the first cycle since Sept. 17, 2019, when the Toronto Blue Jays’ Cavan Biggio did it. There were none in the pandemic-shortened season last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2021 at 09:51 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 30, 2021 at 10:30 PM (#6027141)
Turner’s having a pretty good year, hitting .318/.367/.513 thus far, with 100 hits & 18 SB in 78 games, but somehow didn’t make the All-Star Final Ballot. Perhaps holding the Career Cycle record will get him some respect.
   2. Obo Posted: July 01, 2021 at 12:53 AM (#6027160)
I seem to recall that way back in the day Bill James did a study on whether players performed any better on their birthdays. I could be completely wrong about this but I think he found a small improvement the first year he checked, pretty much no effect the second year he checked, and that was the end of it.
   3. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: July 01, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6027202)
That triple was an absolute thing of beauty. A hard line drive the opposite way into the corner, Turner going as hard as he could out of the box, the play was handled completely cleanly (as far as I could tell from the camera angles), and a great headfirst slide that barely beat a good relay throw.

I know Turner is really fast - most players couldn't have turned that hit into a triple - but I do think this play supports the notion that there COULD be more triples if guys simply ran hard out of the box thinking triple from the beginning.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: July 01, 2021 at 12:12 PM (#6027214)
Given his particular skill set, I'd be kind of surprised if he doesn't hit another cycle at some point and set the career record
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: July 01, 2021 at 12:26 PM (#6027219)

Given his particular skill set, I'd be kind of surprised if he doesn't hit another cycle at some point and set the career record


I sure hope not. A career record co-held by Adrian Beltre and Babe Herman, two of the most entertaining players to ever grace MLB, is too damn appealing to be lost.
   6. DL from MN Posted: July 01, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6027250)
whether players performed any better on their birthdays


Jose Miranda got promoted to AAA the other day, played his first day at that level on his birthday and had the best day hitting of his career.
   7. bobm Posted: July 01, 2021 at 03:45 PM (#6027260)
In the Regular Season, since 1901, Playing in the AL or NL or FL, Playing against the AL or NL or FL, On Birthday, sorted by greatest Total Bases.

                                                                                     
Rk              Player           Date  Tm Opp    Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SB
1    Nomar Garciaparra 2002-07-23 (1) BOS TBD  W 22-4  6  5 3 3  0  0  3 12   8  1  0
                                                                                     
2         Jose Ramirez     2020-09-17 CLE DET  W 10-3  5  5 3 4  1  0  2 11   4  0  0
3          Kirk Gibson     1995-05-28 DET CHW L 12-14  6  6 2 4  1  0  2 11   2  0  2
4           Joe Morgan     1983-09-19 PHI CHC   W 7-6  5  5 2 4  1  0  2 11   4  0  0
                                                                                     
5          Trea Turner     2021-06-30 WSN TBR  W 15-6  4  4 4 4  1  1  1 10   1  0  2
6         Joc Pederson     2019-04-21 LAD MIL   W 6-5  5  5 3 4  0  0  2 10   2  0  0
7          Raul Ibanez     2009-06-02 PHI SDP  W 10-5  5  5 3 3  1  0  2 10   5  0  0
8           Randy Winn     2002-06-09 TBD SDP   L 6-9  5  5 2 4  3  0  1 10   2  0  0
9            Joe Azcue     1963-08-18 CLE BOS   W 7-4  5  5 2 3  1  0  2 10   3  0  0
10            Don Lock     1963-07-27 WSA DET   W 8-4  5  4 2 3  1  0  2 10   5  0  0
11         Duke Snider 1950-09-19 (1) BRO PIT  W 14-3  5  5 3 3  1  0  2 10   5  0  0
12       Mike Kreevich     1938-06-10 CHW BOS  W 15-2  6  5 3 3  1  0  2 10   4  0  0
                                                                                     
13      Mike Moustakas     2019-09-11 MIL MIA   W 7-5  5  4 2 3  0  0  2  9   5  1  0
14        Nyjer Morgan     2011-07-02 MIL MIN   W 8-7  5  5 3 3  1  1  1  9   4  0  0
15        Jayson Werth     2011-05-20 WSN BAL  W 17-5  5  4 2 3  0  0  2  9   4  0  0
16         Angel Pagan     2006-07-02 CHC CHW W 15-11  5  5 2 3  0  0  2  9   3  0  0
17     Bernie Williams 2003-09-13 (1) NYY TBD   W 6-5  4  3 2 3  0  0  2  9   2  0  0
18      Alex Rodriguez     2002-07-27 TEX OAK  W 10-6  6  6 3 3  0  0  2  9   5  0  0
19         Troy OLeary 2001-08-04 (1) BOS TEX  W 10-4  5  4 2 3  0  0  2  9   3  1  0
20         Derrick May 1996-07-14 (1) HOU NYM   W 7-5  6  5 2 3  0  0  2  9   3  1  1
21         Brant Brown     1996-06-22 CHC SDP   W 9-6  9  9 1 5  1  0  1  9   2  0  1
22        Albert Belle     1995-08-25 CLE DET   W 6-5  5  3 2 3  0  0  2  9   2  2  0
23         Duke Snider     1953-09-19 BRO PHI   W 5-4  4  3 2 3  0  0  2  9   3  1  0
24           Ray Boone     1951-07-27 CLE BOS   W 3-2  5  4 2 3  0  0  2  9   2  1  0
25      Gene Hermanski 1947-05-11 (1) BRO PHI   L 3-7  4  4 2 3  0  0  2  9   3  0  0
26           Rudy York     1937-08-17 DET CHW  W 11-7  5  5 1 4  0  1  1  9   3  0  0
27        Earl Averill     1934-05-21 CLE NYY   W 9-5  4  3 2 3  0  0  2  9   5  1  0
28          Lou Gehrig     1931-06-19 NYY SLB  W 16-5  6  5 3 4  2  0  1  9   2  1  0


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   8. pikepredator Posted: July 01, 2021 at 03:57 PM (#6027262)
Stark must be super fired up. This is right up his alley.

And I freely admit I love it too.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 01, 2021 at 04:04 PM (#6027265)
I recall someone saying that Dusty Baker made a point of getting players in the line-up on their birthday, on the theory that good results were likely since it was their day!
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 01, 2021 at 04:10 PM (#6027267)
That game for Joe Morgan - single, double, two homers - came on his FORTIETH birthday.
   11. Rally Posted: July 02, 2021 at 08:14 AM (#6027370)
The teams with those great birthday players went 25-3. It’s like having 1978 Ron Guidry on the mound.

Speaking of Ron, he threw a 2 hit shoutout on his birthday in 1977. That was his first birthday game.
   12. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 02, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6027458)
Man, the headline buries the lede about the career record.
   13. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 02, 2021 at 03:17 PM (#6027460)
Hopefully he can join the 30-30 club this season
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 02, 2021 at 03:33 PM (#6027465)
That game for Joe Morgan - single, double, two homers - came on his FORTIETH birthday.

I knew a Maryland bookie who won a local non-handicap pool tournament on his EIGHTIETH birthday, beating the best nine ball player in Washington in the final round. He was born in the year that the Highlanders became the Yankees.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: July 02, 2021 at 03:35 PM (#6027466)
I knew a Maryland bookie who won a local non-handicap pool tournament on his EIGHTIETH birthday, beating the best nine ball player in Washington in the final round. He was born in the year that the Highlanders became the Yankees.


So, a classmate of yours?
   16. jingoist Posted: July 04, 2021 at 09:18 AM (#6027613)
Unfortunately, those many players who were born in the months of November thru March never even get a chance at this honor.
“Mom; Dad.....why did you not plan better at conceiving me”
“I could have been a contender “
   17. The Honorable Ardo Posted: July 05, 2021 at 12:26 PM (#6027696)
Kirk Gibson was no spring chicken, either - he did it on his 38th birthday, in his final season.
   18. bobm Posted: July 05, 2021 at 03:11 PM (#6027709)
[7] same list, sorted by age

                                                                  
Rk              Player    Age           Date  Tm Opp    Rslt PA TB
1           Joe Morgan 40.000     1983-09-19 PHI CHC   W 7-6  5 11

2          Kirk Gibson 38.000     1995-05-28 DET CHW L 12-14  6 11

3          Raul Ibanez 37.000     2009-06-02 PHI SDP  W 10-5  5 10

4      Bernie Williams 35.000 2003-09-13 (1) NYY TBD   W 6-5  4  9

5         Jayson Werth 32.000     2011-05-20 WSN BAL  W 17-5  5  9
6          Troy OLeary 32.000 2001-08-04 (1) BOS TEX  W 10-4  5  9
7         Earl Averill 32.000     1934-05-21 CLE NYY   W 9-5  4  9

8       Mike Moustakas 31.000     2019-09-11 MIL MIA   W 7-5  5  9
9         Nyjer Morgan 31.000     2011-07-02 MIL MIN   W 8-7  5  9

10       Mike Kreevich 30.000     1938-06-10 CHW BOS  W 15-2  6 10

11   Nomar Garciaparra 29.000 2002-07-23 (1) BOS TBD  W 22-4  6 12
12        Albert Belle 29.000     1995-08-25 CLE DET   W 6-5  5  9

13         Trea Turner 28.000     2021-06-30 WSN TBR  W 15-6  4 10
14        Jose Ramirez 28.000     2020-09-17 CLE DET  W 10-3  5 11
15          Randy Winn 28.000     2002-06-09 TBD SDP   L 6-9  5 10
16         Derrick May 28.000 1996-07-14 (1) HOU NYM   W 7-5  6  9
17           Ray Boone 28.000     1951-07-27 CLE BOS   W 3-2  5  9
18          Lou Gehrig 28.000     1931-06-19 NYY SLB  W 16-5  6  9

19        Joc Pederson 27.000     2019-04-21 LAD MIL   W 6-5  5 10
20      Alex Rodriguez 27.000     2002-07-27 TEX OAK  W 10-6  6  9
21            Don Lock 27.000     1963-07-27 WSA DET   W 8-4  5 10
22         Duke Snider 27.000     1953-09-19 BRO PHI   W 5-4  4  9
23      Gene Hermanski 27.000 1947-05-11 (1) BRO PHI   L 3-7  4  9

24         Angel Pagan 25.000     2006-07-02 CHC CHW W 15-11  5  9
25         Brant Brown 25.000     1996-06-22 CHC SDP   W 9-6  9  9

26           Joe Azcue 24.000     1963-08-18 CLE BOS   W 7-4  5 10
27         Duke Snider 24.000 1950-09-19 (1) BRO PIT  W 14-3  5 10
28           Rudy York 24.000     1937-08-17 DET CHW  W 11-7  5  9


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Generated 7/5/2021.

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