The baseball cycle: Cool feat or meaningless stat?
I just saw Felix Pie hit for the cycle Friday night.
Pretty cool accomplishment, no matter how random it may be.
It really is one of those strange statistical things that baseball fans like. Or at least we writers think you do.
How rare is a cycle?
Pretty rare. Pie’s was just the fourth in Orioles’ history and the 290th of all time. In comparison there have been 282 no-hitters
Although not super rare.
Pie’s is the seventh this season, and second at an Orioles’ game – Texas Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler did it against the Orioles in Texas earlier this year.
And it’s the second by an Oriole in little more than two years (Aubrey Huff did it on June 29, 2007) after happening just twice (Cal Ripken Jr. on May 6, 1984) and Brooks Robinson (June 15, 1960) in the franchise’s first 53 seasons.
Anyway, I want to know if you think the cycle is a cool bit of baseball history or just some bizarre baseball statistical anomaly that helps sportswriters get through the dog days of August.
Daily Think Special: The cycle: Cool feat or meaningless stat?