The Miami Marlins had never had a player hit for the cycle in franchise history. That changed on Tuesday.
Luis Arraez ended that streak with a base hit to right in the eighth inning against the Phillies. It was a fitting capstone to the Marlins’ 8-4 victory and a perfect way for Arraez to announce his presence with his new team.
A first in Miami Marlins franchise history
The Marlins have an interesting history as a major league organization. They have a pair of World Series titles but have yet to actually win their division, earning both championships as a Wild Card. The Marlins have reached the postseason only three times in franchise history but have also won at least one playoff series each time. While the Marlins may not have a track record of sustained success, most fanbases would take that pair of titles and their crop of exciting young players.
Thirty years have passed since the Marlins entered the majors. They have six no-hitters, although only one has been fired by a right handed pitcher. A.J. Burnett’s no-hitter was notable for having the most walks (9) issued in such a game in MLB history. Mike Lowell, Cody Ross, and Brian Anderson each have a three home run game. Each of those accomplishments are just as rare, if not more so, than a cycle.
While those 30 years have passed for the Marlins, it did not matter to Arraez. He needed just 12 games to record the first cycle in franchise history. No matter what else happens during his time in Miami, he has carved his name into the franchise history books.
The Miami Marlins never had a cycle in franchise history until Tuesday. Luis Arraez only needed 12 games to put his name into the team’s history books.