Adrian Beltre’s Rare Yet Lame Achievement Of Three Career Cycles
August 3 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
Adrian Beltre joins legendary old-time Yankee Bob Meusel, even older-timer Long John Riley and the decidedly ordinary Babe Herman as the fourth player in the history of the league to hit for the cycle three times in his career.
Wow, you know you've made it when you're mentioned in the same breath as Babe "Not Babe Ruth" Herman and Long John Reilly - the home run champion in 1884 and 1888. How relevant.
Listen it's not that it's not cool to hit for the cycle. It's interesting when it happens. It's just not important in any way other than being extremely rare. And it's not rare because it's so exceptionally difficult to do. It's rare because no one tries to do it because it's silly. It happens largely by coincidence. It's not the mark of anything more than being a good hitter and having a good day at the plate. If hitting for the cycle were important in any way to the game of baseball then let's be honest, Adrian Beltre would not be the first player born after 1903 to do it.
Beltre has had an outstanding career as one of the best all-around players of his era. He has four Golden Gloves and four Silver Slugger Awards. He's a former home run leader and four-time All-Star. Give it a rest with acting like hitting for the cycle a few times means absolutely anything to his or anyone else's baseball legacy.
Honestly the most interesting and probably equally coincidental achievement among Muesel, Herman and Reilly is that they're athletes that lived into their 80's despite all being born well before the age of penicillin. Joe DiMaggio never would've been able to do that.
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