Diamondbacks Second Basemen Aaron Hill Makes History

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bill-swift - July 2, 2012

When you think of big name second basemen in the Majors, Aaron Hill's name is not one that typically comes to mind. Ask anyone to name a guy that plays second and they'll probably say either Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers) or Robinson Cano (New York Yankees).

He may not be ready to be mentioned in the same context as those two, but after his exploits in Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers the Arizona Diamondback will go down in history.

For the second time in 12 days (the first came on 6/18 against Seattle) Hill accomplished a feat that most players never even come close to doing once let alone twice. The man hit for the cycle (a single, double, triple, and home run).

To put the accomplishment into context, hitting for the cycle has only been done 272 times in the history of Major League Baseball. In case that isn't impressive enough, players have had close to 13 million at-bats in 380,896 games to hit for the cycle.

The 30-year old Hill belongs to an even more unique club. Only one other player has hit for the cycle twice in the same season dating back to 1900. The last person to do it was Babe Herman of the New York Yankees in 1931. Bob Meusel is the only player to ever hit three in a career.

In case you were wondering, it wasn't for nothing either. The D-backs beat the Brewers 9-3.

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