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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cychedelic Week

Wow, what a crazy week it's been.

In a span of six days we've seen three players -- Orlando Hudson, Ian Kinsler and Jason Kubel -- hit for the cycle. Four players accomplished the feat LAST YEAR, and I thought that was excessive. (It's totally not, though: Three did it in 2007, five in 2006, three in 2005 and six in 2004.)

So what does it take to be a cycler? Frankly, luck.

It helps to be powerful and fast, but it's not totally necessary. For example, Cristian Guzman, who has never hit more than 10 home runs in a season and has just 54 in a 10-season career, has a cycle (8/28/08).

Daryle Ward, who stole one base in his 11 seasons in the majors (and hit just five triples), has a cycle (5/26/04).

Chad Moeller, who has six triples, 28 home runs (career-high of 7) and two stolen bases, has a cycle (4/27/04).

So whether it's an outfielder missing a ball, a line drive bouncing around in the corner, or some other freak happening, these men, neither particularly powerful or fleet of foot, all have cycles. Just goes to show, I guess, that sometimes luck is all you need.


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