Padres outfielder Matt Kemp hit for the cycle on Friday night against the Rockies at Coors Field. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning, singled to lead off the third, hit an RBI double in the seventh, and hit an RBI triple in the ninth. It’s the first cycle in Padres history. The Marlins are the only team remaining without a cycle in team history.
Kemp joins Brock Holt, Shin-Soo Choo, and Adrian Beltre on the list of players to hit for the cycle this season. He’s the first National Leaguer to hit for the cycle since Michael Cuddyer on August 17 last year.
Kemp is currently on a seven-game hitting streak. He’s been much improved in the second half, carrying a .305/.370/.537 batting line with five home runs and 20 RBI in 108 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.