Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Ole Redux - Cycle Trivia

"Wordy yet elegant?"  Let's just leave it at wordy and be done with it, shall we?
Jack's note about Olerud being the last Mariner to hit for the cycle, and yet having only two triples as a Mariner, got me to thinking about Cycle Trivia.  I assumed that John Olerud would be close to the highest ratio of cycles to triples (2:13) all-time, and probably among the players with the fewest triples ever to hit for the cycle.  He is, on both counts, but he is not the top in either category (5th in ratio, 18th and climbing in fewest triples among players with cycles), though he does have the fewest triples among all men who have hit for the cycle more than once.  He's also one of only three men who have hit for the cycle in both leagues.
Among the 244 players who have hit for the cycle, here are the players with the fewest triples (15 or fewer -- Edgar has 15, so I figured not hitting more than Edgar would be a good cut-off point):
Triples:Cycles & Percentage Ratio of Cycles to Career Triples
1.  Bill Salkeld, 2:1 .500 
2.  Daryle Ward, 3:1 .333 (active)
3.  John Mabry, 4:1 .250 (active)
4.  Chad Moeller, 5:1 .200 (active)
5. Travis Hafner, 5 .200 (active)
6.  Roy Carlyle, 6:1 .167
7.  Mike Blowers, 8:1 .125
7.  Albert Hall, 8:1 .125
8.  Bill Collins, 10:1 .100
9.  Jeff Frye, 11:1 .091
10.  Greg Colbrunn, 12:1 .083 (active)
10.  Miguel Tejada, 12:1 .083 (active)
10.  Eric Byrnes, 12:1 .083 (active)
10.  Scott Cooper, 12:1 .083
10.  Rich Gedman, 12:1 .083
10.  Jack Brohamer, 12:1 .083
10.  Curry Foley, 12:1 .083 (1st man to ever hit for the cycle)
11.  John Olerud, 13:2 .154 (active, sort of)
11.  David Bell, 13:1 .077 (active)
11.  Randy Hundley, 13:1 .077
11.  Andujar Cedeno, 13:1 .077
12.  Eric Chavez, 15:1 .067 (active)
12.  Tony Horton, 15:1 .067
12.  Buddy Rosar, 15:1 .067
12.  Brad Wilkerson, 15:1 .067
For inquiring minds who want to know.
What's eerie about this list is how many guys with ties to the Mariners are on it.  Blowers, Olerud, Bell, Mabry, Colbrunn -- and Jay Buhner (1 cyle, 19 triples) isn't far removed.  Hell, Bill Salkeld is probably related to Roger Salkeld, at this rate. 
[BTW, Jay Buhner is one of only six men to have hit a Grand Slam as part of the cycle.  Only one of those six -- Tony Lazzeri -- ever hit a "natural" (i.e., in order -- single, double, triple, home run) cycle with a Grand Slam to top it off, which he did on June 3, 1932.  However, his singular feat was overshadowed by one Lou Gehrig (himself the author of two cycles), who became the first modern player and firstAmerican Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game (and he barely missed a fifth), in the same game.] 


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