Drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the ninth pick in the 1997 draft, Michael Cuddyer played 11 seasons with the Twins before coming to the Rockies as a free agent in the offseason before the 2011 campaign.
Cuddyer made his biggest impact with the Rockies in the 2013 season, earning an All-Star bid on the way to putting together a 27-game hitting streak and leading the National League with a .331 average. He finished the campaign with a Silver Slugger (the only one of his career) and in the top 20 in the MVP voting (the highest finish of his career).
On August 17, 2014, Cuddyer hit for the cycle at Coors Field against the Cincinnati Reds, making him the 30th Major League player to hit for the cycle more than once. He also became just the third player in history, along with John Olerud and Bob Watson, to hit for the cycle in both the American and National Leagues. The feat would also give Cuddyer the distinction of being the only player to hit for the cycle during the 2014 season.
That November, he would sign a two-year deal with the New York Mets, ending a brief but history-making stint in Colorado.