A Look At A Single Short Of The Cycle

Ball8StatsPlayers have hit for the cycle 244 times in in the last 100 years – and few potential individual feats in baseball are more exciting than when a player has one last at bat left with a cycle on the line.

But how often do players fall one hit short of the cycle? And how many of each?

In the last century of baseball, batters have been one hit short of the cycle 20,481 times, according to research by Jon Becker (@mlbrandomfandom) of the Ball Eight research department. They include:

  • Triple short: 13,183 times
  • Home run shot: 5,112 times
  • Double short: 1,721 times
  • Single short: 465 times

You can see a full list of the players who finished a single short of the cycle here.

Some items of note about the list:

Three-fers: Ten players were a single short of the cycle three times – Babe Ruth, Brian Giles, Hank Aaron, Joe Cronin, Lou Gehrig, Ellis Burks, Frank Robinson, Gregg Jeffries, Magglio Ordonez, Manny Trillo. Of these, Cronin (2), Gehrig (2), Robinson (1) and Jeffries (1) managed to hit for the cycle in a game.

Repeat performance: Chris Owings was a single short of the cycle twice in 17 days in 2014.

Decades: Ken Griffey was a single short of the cycle twice – and they came 7,539 days apart (nearly 21 years).

2014: It happened eight times last season, after just four in 2013.

And here is the of players who have done it since 2000:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB 1B R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
1 Carlos Beltran 2012-05-11 STL ATL L 7-9 6 5 0 2 4 1 1 2 4 1
2 Kelly Johnson 2011-05-30 ARI FLA W 15-4 6 6 0 3 4 1 1 2 3 0
3 Ryan Howard 2010-06-18 PHI MIN W 9-5 4 4 0 3 4 1 1 2 3 0
4 Raul Ibanez 2007-06-11 SEA CLE W 8-7 5 5 0 2 4 1 1 2 5 0
5 Roger Cedeno 2001-07-18 (2) DET NYY W 12-4 5 5 0 4 4 1 1 2 6 0
6 Chris Richard 2000-09-03 BAL CLE L 11-12 6 6 0 3 4 1 1 2 6 0
7 Carl Everett 2000-08-29 BOS TBD W 8-0 5 5 0 2 4 1 1 2 6 0
8 Brett Gardner 2014-08-31 NYY TOR L 3-4 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
9 Eugenio Suarez 2014-06-14 DET MIN W 12-9 5 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 1
10 Chris Owings 2014-06-03 ARI COL W 4-2 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0
11 Kyle Seager 2014-06-02 SEA NYY W 10-2 5 5 0 3 4 1 2 1 3 0
12 Yoenis Cespedes 2014-05-31 OAK LAA W 11-3 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 5 0
13 Tommy Medica 2014-05-28 SDP ARI L 6-12 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
14 Chris Owings 2014-05-17 ARI LAD W 18-7 6 5 0 4 3 1 1 1 2 1
15 Seth Smith 2014-05-10 SDP MIA W 9-3 5 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 4 1
16 Brandon Phillips 2013-08-31 CIN COL W 8-3 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
17 Torii Hunter 2013-07-06 DET CLE W 9-4 5 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
18 Juan Uribe 2013-07-05 LAD SFG W 10-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 7 0
19 David Wright 2013-06-23 NYM PHI W 8-0 5 5 0 2 4 2 1 1 2 0
20 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2012-09-12 BOS NYY L 4-5 4 3 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 1
21 Ryan Braun 2012-08-22 MIL CHC W 3-2 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
22 Billy Butler 2012-08-09 KCR BAL W 8-2 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
23 Andres Torres 2012-08-09 NYM MIA W 6-1 4 3 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 1
24 Chris Johnson 2012-07-27 HOU PIT L 5-6 5 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 1
25 Paul Goldschmidt 2012-06-23 ARI CHC W 10-5 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB 1B R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
26 Mark Trumbo 2012-05-28 LAA NYY W 9-8 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
27 Omar Infante 2012-04-07 MIA CIN W 8-3 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
28 Miguel Olivo 2011-09-09 SEA KCR W 7-3 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
29 Corey Hart 2011-08-27 MIL CHC W 6-4 4 3 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 1
30 Robinson Cano 2011-08-10 NYY LAA W 9-3 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
31 Mark Trumbo 2011-07-28 LAA DET W 12-7 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 5 0
32 Nyjer Morgan 2011-07-02 MIL MIN W 8-7 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 4 0
33 Alex Gordon 2011-06-21 KCR ARI L 2-7 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0
34 Shane Victorino 2011-06-18 PHI SEA W 5-1 5 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 1
35 Matt Kemp 2011-06-09 LAD COL L 7-9 5 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
36 Jose Bautista 2011-04-22 TOR TBR W 6-4 5 3 0 4 3 1 1 1 1 2
37 Sam Fuld 2011-04-11 TBR BOS W 16-5 6 6 0 3 4 2 1 1 3 0
38 Magglio Ordonez 2010-06-03 DET CLE W 12-6 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 5 0
39 Ronnie Belliard 2010-04-08 LAD PIT W 10-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 4 0
40 Ian Stewart 2010-04-06 COL MIL L 5-7 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0
41 Jason Bartlett 2009-08-10 TBR LAA L 7-8 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
42 Stephen Drew 2009-07-04 ARI COL W 11-7 6 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 1
43 Garrett Jones 2009-07-02 PIT NYM L 8-9 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
44 Ian Stewart 2009-06-20 COL PIT W 9-7 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
45 Rick Ankiel 2009-06-10 STL FLA W 13-4 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
46 Nelson Cruz 2009-06-07 TEX BOS W 6-3 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0
47 Erick Aybar 2009-05-15 LAA TEX L 8-10 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
48 Mike Napoli 2008-09-19 LAA TEX W 15-13 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
49 Nate McLouth 2008-09-12 PIT STL W 10-2 5 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 5 1
50 Magglio Ordonez 2008-09-06 DET MIN W 6-4 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB 1B R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
51 Dustin Pedroia 2008-07-02 BOS TBR L 6-7 5 5 0 3 4 2 1 1 2 0
52 Adrian Gonzalez 2008-04-22 SDP HOU L 7-11 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
53 Eric Hinske 2008-04-22 TBR TOR W 6-4 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
54 David Murphy 2007-09-11 (1) TEX DET W 13-6 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
55 Justin Upton 2007-08-07 ARI PIT L 3-8 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
56 Alex Gordon 2007-07-26 KCR NYY W 7-0 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0
57 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2007-07-13 SDP ARI L 3-8 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 1 0
58 Tadahito Iguchi 2007-07-05 CHW BAL W 11-6 5 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 1
59 Dan Uggla 2007-05-23 FLA PHI L 7-8 6 6 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
60 Kelly Johnson 2007-05-19 (2) ATL BOS W 14-0 6 6 0 1 3 1 1 1 5 0
61 Adam Dunn 2007-05-10 CIN HOU W 9-5 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
62 Jason Bay 2007-04-18 PIT MIL L 3-7 4 3 0 1 3 1 1 1 1 1
63 Josh Willingham 2007-04-07 FLA PHI W 8-5 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 0
64 Luke Scott 2006-09-19 HOU CIN L 4-5 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
65 Jermaine Dye 2006-09-09 CHW CLE W 10-8 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
66 Mark Ellis 2006-08-30 OAK BOS W 7-2 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
67 Wily Mo Pena 2006-08-12 BOS BAL W 8-7 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
68 Mike Lamb 2006-07-01 HOU TEX W 7-0 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
69 Aramis Ramirez 2006-07-01 CHC CHW L 6-8 5 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 5 0
70 Mike Cameron 2006-06-13 SDP LAD W 9-1 5 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 1
71 Juan Encarnacion 2006-04-25 STL PIT W 6-3 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 0
72 Matt Holliday 2006-04-15 COL PHI W 10-6 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 5 0
73 Brad Hawpe 2006-04-11 COL ARI W 6-5 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 0
74 Frank Catalanotto 2005-09-28 TOR BOS W 7-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
75 Robinson Cano 2005-09-15 NYY TBD W 9-5 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 5 0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB 1B R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
76 Hector Luna 2005-08-31 STL FLA W 10-5 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 0
77 Johnny Damon 2005-06-12 BOS CHC W 8-1 6 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 1
78 Vinny Castilla 2005-04-14 WSN ARI W 5-3 4 3 0 2 3 1 1 1 4 0
79 Troy Glaus 2005-04-06 ARI CHC W 8-3 5 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 1
80 Mark Teixeira 2004-09-13 TEX OAK L 6-7 5 5 0 2 4 2 1 1 1 0
81 Luis Rivas 2004-08-25 MIN TEX W 8-5 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
82 Brian Giles 2004-08-18 SDP ATL L 5-6 5 3 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 2
83 Daryle Ward 2004-08-16 PIT ARI W 8-7 6 6 0 1 3 1 1 1 6 0
84 Moises Alou 2004-04-18 CHC CIN L 10-11 6 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 1
85 Brady Clark 2003-09-03 MIL CIN W 9-6 5 4 0 4 3 1 1 1 2 0
86 Chipper Jones 2003-08-12 ATL SDP L 4-14 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 2 0
87 Carlos Pena 2003-07-22 DET BOS L 4-7 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
88 Ben Broussard 2003-05-27 CLE DET W 5-2 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
89 Vernon Wells 2003-04-25 TOR KCR W 6-5 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0
90 Nomar Garciaparra 2003-04-06 BOS BAL W 12-2 5 4 0 4 3 1 1 1 2 1
91 Greg Colbrunn 2002-08-10 ARI FLA W 9-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 0
92 Jose Cruz 2002-07-12 TOR BOS W 5-0 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
93 Raul Ibanez 2002-06-25 KCR DET W 8-6 4 3 0 2 3 1 1 1 4 1
94 Eli Marrero 2002-04-06 STL HOU W 8-4 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0
95 Todd Helton 2001-09-24 COL SDP W 15-11 6 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 4 1
96 Bret Boone 2001-08-22 SEA DET W 16-1 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
97 Brian Giles 2001-08-09 PIT LAD W 8-5 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
98 Corey Koskie 2001-07-05 MIN CHW W 12-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 5 0
99 Jose Cruz 2001-07-05 TOR TBD W 7-4 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 4 0
100 B.J. Surhoff 2001-05-26 ATL PIT W 9-3 4 4 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB 1B R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
101 Marquis Grissom 2001-05-22 LAD COL L 8-11 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0
102 Alex Rodriguez 2001-05-16 TEX CLE L 3-4 4 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 0
103 Chris Truby 2000-09-15 HOU PIT W 16-7 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 5 0
104 Todd Walker 2000-09-04 COL CHC W 6-2 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
105 Brian Giles 2000-08-15 PIT HOU L 4-5 4 3 0 1 3 1 1 1 2 0
106 Gary Sheffield 2000-07-24 LAD COL W 4-1 5 3 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 1
107 Shane Spencer 2000-06-19 NYY BOS W 22-1 6 5 0 1 3 1 1 1 4 0
108 Barry Bonds 2000-06-16 SFG HOU W 7-4 5 4 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 1
109 Jose Valentin 2000-05-27 CHW CLE W 14-3 5 4 0 4 3 1 1 1 6 1
110 Shannon Stewart 2000-05-25 TOR BOS W 11-6 5 4 0 4 3 1 1 1 2 1
111 Desi Relaford 2000-05-25 PHI HOU L 6-10 4 4 0 1 3 1 1 1 3 0
112 Andruw Jones 2000-05-14 ATL PHI W 11-2 5 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 3 0
113 Magglio Ordonez 2000-04-23 CHW DET W 9-4 5 5 0 3 3 1 1 1 4 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/31/2014.

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