It’s hard enough for players to hit for the cycle at least once in their Major League Baseball careers, never mind becoming just one of three big-leaguers ever to do so in both the American and National leagues. What makes the only cycle of the 2014 season so interesting is the familiarity involving a couple players and a pair of games.
Late Sunday night Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer accomplished the feat with a huge grin on his face when he belted a double down the third base line off of Manny Parra in the eighth inning of a 10-5 win at home over the Cincinnati Reds.
While with the Brewers on May 22, 2009, Parra gave up three of the hits Cuddyer would need for his first cycle (while with the Minnesota Twins) before going on to finish it off at the Metrodome with a triple off of Jorge Julio, who had played for the Rockies two years earlier.
Cuddyer finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. It was his first game back in 60 outings since suffering a fracture in his left shoulder.
Cuddyer is the seventh Rockies player to ever hit for the cycle. The others to do so were Dante Bichette (vs. Rangers on June 10, 1998), Neifi Perez (vs. Cardinals on July 25, 1998), Todd Helton (vs. Marlins on June 19, 1999), Mike Lansing (vs. Diamondbacks on June 18, 2000), Troy Tulowitzki (vs. Cubs on Aug. 10, 2009) and Carlos Gonzalez (vs. Cubs on July 31, 2010) – all at Coors Field in Colorado.
Cuddyer is just the 30th player in league history to record multiple cycles in a career and joins Bob Watson (Astros in 1977 and Red Sox in 1979) and John Olerud (Mets in 1997 and Mariners in 2001) as the only other players to cycle in each league.
Five cycles by opposing players have also taken place at Coors Field. That list includes John Mabry (Cardinals on May 18, 1996), Craig Biggio (Astros on April 8, 2002), Fred Lewis (Giants on May 13, 2007), Pablo Sandoval (Giants on Sept. 15, 2011) and Scott Hairston (Mets on April 27, 2012).