Beltre's cycle is quick, historic, keeps his hot streak going

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre continues to amaze.

With his cycle Monday night, the Elias Sports Bureau notes that Beltre became the fourth player in major league history to hit for the cycle three times in his career, joining Long John Reilly, Babe Herman and Bob Meusel.

Rangers are the right team for cycles

Of the past eight cycles hit in the majors, four were hit by members of the Rangers.

Beltre both starts and ends that list (he had a cycle for the Rangers in 2012). Sandwiched in between are cycles by Alex Rios in 2013 and Shin-Soo Choo on July 21.

A quick cycle

Beltre had the cycle completed by the fifth inning. Elias notes that he’s the third player to have a cycle that quick since the start of the 2000 season. The others are Mike Lansing (2000 Rockies, who had it by the fourth inning) and Melvin Upton Jr. (2009 Rays).

Starting to heat up

It’s been a rough season for Beltre due to injury, but he’s starting to heat up. He’s 12-for-24 with five RBIs in his past six games. He has 32 career four-hit games, but Monday’s was his first this season.

History lesson: Who were Long John Reilly, Babe Herman and Bob Meusel

There’s a reason you might not have heard of the three other players who have had three career cycles. Long John Reilly’s last one was in 1890 (his other two were in 1883), Bob Meusel’s last was in 1928 and Babe Herman’s last was in 1933.

What else is each best known for?

Reilly was an above-average hitter who was one of the most popular players for the Reds in the 1880s, twice leading his league in OPS (a stat that wasn't kept then). This bio from the Society for Baseball Research describes him of being a “strong character and vivid personality.”

Herman was a standout hitter who ranks in the top 50 all time in batting average and slugging percentage, though he’s often cited for some goofy baserunning mistakes documented here.

Meusel hit .337 on one of the greatest teams in major league history, the 1927 Yankees. He had two nicknames: Silent Bob and Long Bob, the latter given for his “lean frame," per this bio.

In a bizarre coincidence, Meusel and Herman rate as each other's most similar players, via the Bill James Similarity Score list on their player pages at Baseball-Reference.com.