Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight for the third time in his big league career. Beltre went 4 for 5 in the Rangers 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros.
For the uninitiated, a cycle occurs when a player hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game. Beltre’s cycle is the third of the 2015 season. Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox did it in June while Beltre’s teammate Shin-Soo Choo did it last month.
Beltre previously hit for the cycle with the Rangers in 2008 and in 2012. He becomes the first player to hit for three career cycles since Babe Herman did it with the Cincinnati Reds in 1933. The only other player to do it since 1900 was Bob Meusel who hit his third and final cycle with the New York Yankees in 1928.
I believe Beltre is one of the most underrated players in MLB. His offensive numbers are a little down this season due to a thumb injury. In 86 games, Beltre is hitting .270 with 9 HR and 30 RBI. But at 36, he has an outside shot at 3,000 career hits. As it stands, he is three hits shy of 2,700. Earlier this season, he hit his 400th career home run. Beltre has also won four Gold Gloves for his play at third.
There aren’t many thirdbasemen in the Hall of Fame. I think Beltre has a shot at Cooperstown although I think he’ll need to get to 3,000 hits to write his ticket.
But tonight Adrian Beltre did something that hadn’t been done in a major league game in over 80 years.