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PhillyFaninLA
09-16-2011, 09:55 AM
I was reading the post about Sandoval and was wondering what people find more impressive, I was going to post my comment there but I thought I poll was interesting and feel this topic to spark some good debate.

I find the cycle more of a novelty then impressive kind of like the unassisted triple play needs circumstances but are typically fairly easy plays when those circumstances happen.


Out of those listed in the poll or other what do you find more impressive or even more interesting.

Have fun and lets have some good conversation and debate on single game hitting accomplishments.

justOmazing
09-16-2011, 10:24 AM
Homeruns.

DJYankee
09-16-2011, 10:24 AM
I gotta say 4 home runs. I remember seen A-Rod take a crack at 3 HR in 05 and how excited I was for him to hit the fourth one..... which never came.

ChaseHamels
09-16-2011, 10:27 AM
This question has been polled unfairly. Four homeruns in a game has happened like 15 times... and the cycle almost 300 times. So obviously four homeruns in one game is more impressive.

Hawkize31
09-16-2011, 10:33 AM
I remember Todd Walker a few years back with the Cubs batting late, and he only needed a double for the cycle. He lined one down the right field line, and it was foul by about a half an inch. Would have been a cycle for sure.

Next pitch he smashes into the right field seats for his 2nd HR of the game. The announcers were discussing, and I agreed with them, that a double in that AB would have been less impressive than the HR. They were jokingly debating whether Walker should have stopped running at 2nd base and refused to move. Since that game, I have cared about cycles very little.

Pinstripe pride
09-16-2011, 11:03 AM
jose molina inside the parker

Jetsguy
09-16-2011, 11:31 AM
it was between 3 triples and 4 HR's.

Both very tough, I went with triples because I cant remember it really happening that I heard about.

benzni
09-16-2011, 11:58 AM
a perfect game thrown by a Modern Day knuckleballer.

benzni
09-16-2011, 11:59 AM
it was between 3 triples and 4 HR's.

Both very tough, I went with triples because I cant remember it really happening that I heard about.


agree, you can have power and hit 4 homers, but hitting it perfectly and running with equal speed is hard. 3 triples should be harder Imo

todu82
09-16-2011, 12:28 PM
Yeah, definitely 4 home runs in a game.

JermanJaysFan
09-16-2011, 12:28 PM
it was between 3 triples and 4 HR's.

Both very tough, I went with triples because I cant remember it really happening that I heard about.

I voted the same, based on the same logic. I did some research and found out that:

4 triples has been done once in the MLB by Bill Joyce in 1897
3 triples has been done 46 times, most recently by Denard Span

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_trip1.shtml

F*(&"Next Year"
09-16-2011, 12:39 PM
4 homeruns= 16 Total bases
Cycle= 10 Total Bases
3 triples= 9 total bases

Crucis
09-16-2011, 12:44 PM
I gotta go with the 4 HR's. And it wasn't based on its greater rarity, though that certainly makes it worthy, but based on it being less a product of luck than some of the other options.

For example, the inside the park HR by a slow guy is almost entirely a factor of luck. An amazingly bad bounce has to occur, or something similarly bad. The 3 triples seems to be a bit luck related too just because triples can be so hard to come by without bad bounces, unless you have a particularly triples friendly park like Comerica Park in Detroit, with its amazingly deep right center field.

Crucis
09-16-2011, 12:46 PM
4 homeruns= 16 Total bases
Cycle= 10 Total Bases
3 triples= 9 total bases

IIRC, back in 1973 or 74, Fred Lynn had a monster game in old Tiger Stadium where he had 3 HR's, a triple, and a single (16 total bases) and something like 10 or so RBI. One whale of a game!

1903
09-16-2011, 12:51 PM
2 grand slams in one inning.

Fred
09-16-2011, 12:54 PM
I say the 4 HR's, because if there are any idiotic teams that provide that opportunity, they are certainly crazy,,,,you knock the guy down after he hits his 2nd...don't plunk him (unless he deserves it)...but let him know to BACK OFF THE PLATE.......

1hardcore
09-16-2011, 01:06 PM
Robin Ventura ... hitting a grand slams in both double header games :)

PhillyFaninLA
09-16-2011, 02:03 PM
2 grand slams in one inning.


Fernando Tatis did this off Chan Ho Park in the not to distant past.

More-Than-Most
09-16-2011, 02:03 PM
I say the 3 trips.

More-Than-Most
09-16-2011, 02:05 PM
Walk off inside the park grandslam------------->ALL


Its been done once I think by Roberto Clemente

On July 25, 1956 Roberto Clemente became the only MLB player to have ever scored a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam

1903
09-16-2011, 02:10 PM
Fernando Tatis did this off Chan Ho Park in the not to distant past.

That is what I was referring to. It's such a rare feat/took place not that long ago that I thought everyone would know what I was talking about.

"Ace"ves
09-16-2011, 02:24 PM
Walk off inside the park grandslam------------->ALL


Its been done once I think by Roberto Clemente

On July 25, 1956 Roberto Clemente became the only MLB player to have ever scored a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam

Did not know that, thanks for sharing.

So epic

Pinstripe pride
09-16-2011, 02:37 PM
Fernando Tatis did this off Chan Ho Park in the not to distant past.

bothj wren't off park, where they?

1903
09-16-2011, 02:40 PM
bothj wren't off park, where they?

Yes.

Joemoes
09-16-2011, 02:47 PM
Three triples now ball parks were huge way back. Before debate span the last man was 1973. So three triples no 50 years ago homeruns.

4 triples only done twice again back in 1900.

Willie Mayes only guy to hit three triples and four homeruns.

es0terik
09-16-2011, 03:01 PM
IIRC, back in 1973 or 74, Fred Lynn had a monster game in old Tiger Stadium where he had 3 HR's, a triple, and a single (16 total bases) and something like 10 or so RBI. One whale of a game!

Shawn Green had a game where he touched a bag 19 times.

Fred
09-16-2011, 03:10 PM
^touching himself in the nuts twice per inning doesn't count...

JermanJaysFan
09-16-2011, 04:06 PM
Three triples now ball parks were huge way back. Before debate span the last man was 1973. So three triples no 50 years ago homeruns.

4 triples only done twice again back in 1900.

Willie Mayes only guy to hit three triples and four homeruns.

No. (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_trip1.shtml)

Denard Span in 2010
Rafael Furcal in 2002
Lance Johnson in 1995
Herm Winningham in 1990
Shawon Dunston in 1990
Craig Reynolds in 1981
Ken Landreaux in 1980
Doug Flynn in 1980
Al Bumbry in 1973

Pinstripe pride
09-16-2011, 04:13 PM
Yes.

that has to be demoralizing

Crucis
09-16-2011, 05:16 PM
Walk off inside the park grandslam------------->ALL


Its been done once I think by Roberto Clemente

On July 25, 1956 Roberto Clemente became the only MLB player to have ever scored a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam

That takes some doing because you automatically have to be down exactly 3 runs for it to be possible. If you were down 1 or 2 runs (or tied), it'd just be a 1 run victory and the hit would be a single.

But I will say that it's one heck of an incredibly exciting way to end a game!!!

Crucis
09-16-2011, 05:18 PM
Robin Ventura ... hitting a grand slams in both double header games :)

Bill Meuller (while playing for the Red Sox in 2004, IIRC) hit 2 grand slams in the same game, one hitting LH and one hitting RH.

KingPosey
09-16-2011, 05:33 PM
hmmm let me think. A single, double, triple, and one homerun, OR 4 homeruns......

KingPosey
09-16-2011, 05:34 PM
oh ya, well Tatis hit 2 grandslams in ONE inning.

edit: i was beat to the punch.

KingPosey
09-16-2011, 05:38 PM
I just looked it up and a pitcher in the 60s hit 2 in a game. Thats impressive for a pitcher lol.

Joemoes
09-16-2011, 06:54 PM
No. (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_trip1.shtml)

Denard Span in 2010
Rafael Furcal in 2002
Lance Johnson in 1995
Herm Winningham in 1990
Shawon Dunston in 1990
Craig Reynolds in 1981
Ken Landreaux in 1980
Doug Flynn in 1980
Al Bumbry in 1973

shttp://research.sabr.org/journals/three-triples

This site is wrong or incomplete for some reason?

DodgerBlue8188
09-16-2011, 07:17 PM
The thing about a cycle is once you get that triple out of the way. Statistically you already have a better chance. I think for the cycle to really be exciting it needs to be done where you need that triple or home run in the last at bat.

More-Than-Most
09-16-2011, 08:05 PM
That takes some doing because you automatically have to be down exactly 3 runs for it to be possible. If you were down 1 or 2 runs (or tied), it'd just be a 1 run victory and the hit would be a single.

But I will say that it's one heck of an incredibly exciting way to end a game!!!

Yup... It is one thing I doubt I will ever see in my lifetime and I am only 26... Way to much has to come together... You need to be down by the right amount of runs while having the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th and you need to be quick and pray for a weird bounce off of a wall or bad judgement by an outfielder.

DodgersFanFor23
09-16-2011, 09:58 PM
^ I'm happy with just seeing Bonds, Maddux, Starsburg, and Kershaw.... Everything else is a luxury to me.

Jeffy25
09-17-2011, 03:27 PM
4 Home Runs

Have we ever even had a season where no one got the cycle?

4 Home Runs has happened, what? 12 times?

Not sure on the 3 triples in a game around 25 times or so (depending if you count pre 1900 stats or not).

"Ace"ves
09-17-2011, 04:22 PM
Cargo's hitting for the cycle in a walk-off fashion... homerun being the last-at-bat

Jeffy25
09-17-2011, 04:45 PM
Now doing the cycle in order is pretty neat.

Single, Double, Triple, and then Home Run.

Even more impressive, and you have to be a victim of chance for it to happen but

Solo Home Run, Two Run Home Run, Three Run Home Run, then Grand Slam.

Now that would be neat.


A kid in college hit 5 home runs in one game a couple of years ago :)


From Wiki

Though multiple home run cycles have been recorded in collegiate baseball,[8][9] the only home run cycle in a professional baseball game belongs to Tyrone Horne, who stroked four long balls for the minor league, Double-A Arkansas Travelers in a game against the San Antonio Missions on July 27, 1998.[10]

BBB
09-18-2011, 05:38 AM
4 home runs!

I watched Carlos Delgado hit 4 home runs against the Rays. It was so good I cried.

Randy Marsh
09-19-2011, 07:34 PM
4 home runs in a game is godlike.

MetsFanatic19
09-19-2011, 08:48 PM
etiher 3 triples or 4 dingers.

Farsight
09-19-2011, 09:46 PM
I'd say 4 home runs in one game. I was lucky enough to watch Delgado hit 4 homeruns in 2003 against the rays.