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The Most Recent Cycle Hit For Each Team


(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Why doesn’t hitting for the Cycle get the same love as throwing a no hitter?

Seriously, hitting for the cycle is just about as uncommon as a no hitter. Only 305 cycles have been hit, as opposed to 287 no hitters.

Getting the perfect combination of a single, double, triple and homer requires skill, consistency and an obscene amount of luck.

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays never did it once.

Michael Cuddyer, Chris Speier and Brad Wilkerson did it twice.

There has never been a cycle hit in the post season, as opposed to a pair of October no-no’s (Don Larsen and Roy Halladay.)

The Marlins have never had a player hit for the cycle. Neither have the Padres, who also have never had a no hitter.

So while I carefully update the list of the most current no hitter for each franchise, I have neglected to do the same for players who hit for the cycle… until now.

The pic is of the last cycle, hit by Michael Cuddyer, who has done so in both leagues (along with Bob Watson and John Olerud.)

Some of the teams have waited a while for an update. Eric Davis’ cycle in 1989 remains the last time it happened for Cincinnati. The Expos (2003) have had one more recently than the Red Sox (1996.)

Here is the list, to be updated when the next cycle is hit!

How All Of The Blue Jays Hitters Were Acquired (2014 Roster Tree)


How All Of The Blue Jays Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.

Toronto absolutely stole Jose Bautista from Pittsburgh, and then saw Edwin Encarnacion selected off of waivers by the A’s, only to see him return as a Free Agent 6 weeks later.

The Blue Jays have seen EE bash out several seasons worth of awesome since then.

You can track back some of the player to as far as Orlando Hudson and Roy Halladay. Read the rest of this entry

Chicago White Sox Payroll In 2014 + Contracts Going Forward to 2017

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
OF Dayan Viciedo 2,800,000 ARB ARB ARB
RP Donnie Veal 497,500 ARB ARB ARB
RP Ramon Troncoso 0 ARB ARB ARB
Blake Tekotte 0
RP Leyson Septimo 493,000
SP Hector Santiago 505,000 ARB ARB ARB
SP Chris Sale 850,000 3,500,000 6,000,000 9,150,000 12,000,000
CL Addison Reed 520,000 ARB ARB ARB
INF Alexei Ramirez 7,000,000 9,500,000 10,000,000 10,000,000 UFA
SP Jose Quintana 500,000
RP  David Purcey 0 ARB ARB
Josh Phegley 0
RP Brian Omogrosso 492,000 UFA
3B Brent Morel 0 ARB ARB ARB
RP Matt Lindstrom 2,300,000 4,000,000 UFA
DH/1B Paul Konerko 13,500,000 UFA
UT Jeff Keppinger 3,500,000 4,000,000 4,500,000 UFA
RP Nate Jones 507,500 ARB ARB ARB
Orlando Hudson UFA
RP Duente Heath 0
3B Conor Gillaspie 490,500
OF Avisail Garcia 490,000
SP Gavin Floyd 9,500,000 UFA
Tyler Flowers 510,000 ARB ARB ARB ARB
DH Adam Dunn 15,000,000 15,000,000 UFA
OF Alejandro De Aza 2,075,000 ARB ARB
DP  John Danks 15,750,000 15,750,000 15,750,000 15,750,000 UFA
RP  Brian Bruney
INF Gordon Beckham 2,925,000 ARB ARB
SP Dylan Axelrod 493,000
1B/DH Jose Abreu 8,666,666 8,666,666 11,666,667 12,166,667
SP Jake Peavy 4,000,000
INF Kevin Youkilis 1,000,000
SP:  Brett Myers 3,000,000

The Arizona Diamondbacks Best Hitters (1998 – 2013): Part 2 Of A 3 Part Series

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Friday July.26th/2013

The Arizona Diamondbacks are only 6 games behind .500 for the franchises existence, and are just fraction percentages away from the LA Angels for the best record all time by an expansion franchise.  They have a solid crop of young players that could end up on this list a  few years down the road.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are only 6 games behind .500 for the franchises existence, and are just fraction percentages away from the LA Angels for the best record all time by an expansion franchise. They have a solid crop of young players that could end up on this list a few years down the road.  Chase Field has seen some great offensive seasons from its players.  Whether it was Luis Gonzalez blasting 57 HRs in 2012 (3rd  ALL Time Single Season Best for an NL LHB, behind Barry Bonds 73 – 2001 and Ryan Howard’s 58 in 2006), or Mark Reynolds cracking 44 Round Trippers, while Striking out 223 times for a MLB Record in 2009, it hasn’t been dull in the desert for the clubs offense.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the better franchises in the last 15 years, despite being one of the newest teams.

Unlike their expansion cousins the Tampa Bay Rays, that went through 9 years, before reeling off 5 straight winning seasons, the DBacks won the World Series in just their 4th year of existence.

The team has been able to make 5 playoff years in their 14 years.  This year, they are right in the thick of the race, so they could possibly add a 6th Post Season Birth to their resume.

The team has lacked a lot of long – term hitters for the club, however they have had their share of big seasons.

From “Gonzo” to “Goldy”, we will honor all of these guys in this post.

For Part 3 Of the 3 Part Series: The Franchise Pitchers – click here

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The Padres May Never Compete With the Dodgers Financially, But They Are Making Strides

Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Jake Dal Porto (Baseball Writer):

The Padres seem poised to eventually become mild-spenders. For an organization that’s highest payroll since 2002 has been roughly $73 million (in 2008), moving up in the spending chain would certainly be good for a change. This transformation could come as soon as 2013 or maybe a few years down the road.

But let’s be sure of something—the Padres have a steep hill to climb before they can compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers in terms of financial freedom. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t be able to compete with the newly labeled ‘Yankees’ of the West coast, but it surely prevents them from signing talented free agents. The A’s and Orioles are a pair of most recent teams to win on a cheaper payroll, while the Rays have been the very definition of that over the past few years. Read the rest of this entry


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