4. Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle
Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles – Sept. 17, 2019
Jeff Frye. Not ringing any bells? Me neither. But, in 2001, his last of eight seasons in the big leagues, he hit for the cycle as a Toronto Blue Jay.
For 18 long seasons, he stood as the last Blue Jay to exercise all four options to receive credit for a hit in one single game. But, that all changed on September 17, 2019. In the order of homer, single, double and finally that elusive triple, Cavan Biggio completed the cycle, and he saved the hardest element for last.
Ripping a ball to deep left-centre that sent Orioles outfielder Mason Williams so hard into the wall that it could be charged for assault, Biggio flew around the bases, finally arriving at third – minus his helmet – with a completed cycle.
If we conveniently forget about a Miguel Tejada cycle in between, Frye’s cycle would be back to back with Craig Biggio‘s first and only cycle of his hall of fame career. In touching every base that night in Baltimore, Biggio joins an eclectic group of cyclers in 2019. Twins infielder Jorge Polanco, Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani, Indians utility man Jake Bauers, Nationals speedster Trea Turner and Orioles bright spot Johnathan Villar have all hit for the cycle this season.