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Pie Hits for Cycle. Say What?

On Friday night, Baltimore outfielder Felix Pie hit for the cycle in a surprising rout of the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards.

Pie hit a double in the first inning, a homer in the third and legged out a single and a triple as the Orioles batted around in a seven-run seventh.

Pie became the seventh player this season to hit for the cycle and he very well might be the most unlikely to do so.

Consider the fact that Pie isn't even an everyday starter for a team languishing in last place.

Consider the fact that it was the first four-hit game of Pie's career.

Regardless of the improbability, Pie is still just the fourth Oriole in franchise history to complete the career-defining feat, joining Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (1960) and Cal Ripken Jr. (1984), as well as teammate Aubrey Huff (2007) on the list.

Of course hitting for the cycle is akin to a pitcher throwing a no-hitter in that it defines the player's career, but doesn't necessarily validate it. Brad Wilkerson has hit for the cycle twice (in 2003 with Montreal and 2005 with the Nats), but he certainly won't be remembered as an all-time great.

Just looking at the complete list of major league players to hit for the cycle offers some pretty unlikely names. Farmer Weaver, Oyster Burns and Jumbo Davis all hit for the cycle in 1890, the last year that exactly seven cycles were hit in a season.

The record for most cycles in one year is eight, which came in the 1933 season. A record that seems completely reachable in a season that has now twice seen multiple cycles hit in the same week.

Pie accomplished the feat on Friday but four days earlier, Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki did it in an 11-5 win against the Cubs and drove in seven runs in the process. Melky Cabrera also hit a cycle in August for the Yankees.

In one week in April, three cycles were completed. The Dodgers' Orlando Hudson hit for one on Monday April 13. Two days later, the Rangers' Ian Kinsler did it against the Orioles. And two days after that, Jason Kubel completed a stretch of three cycles in five days, accomplishing the feat for the Twins on Friday April 17.

The only player this season to not hit for a cycle in April or August is Kubel's teammate in Minnesota, Michael Cuddyer, who joined the club on May 22.

Out of this grouping of seven, Felix Pie certainly seems the least likely to put it together in one game, but we'll pose the question to you guys anyway.


By CJ Holley  |  August 17, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Orioles , Rockies  | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, colorado rockies, cycle, felix pie, hit for the cycle, troy tulowitzki  
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i should have voted for kubel. the guy has ONE triple on the year. ONE!

in 467 career games he has a whopping 8 triples. tell me that's not surprising.

Posted by: adampschroeder | August 17, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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