30–30 club

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 30–30 club is the group of batters who have collected thirty home runs and thirty stolen bases in a single season.[1][2] Ken Williams was the first to achieve this, doing so in 1922.[3][4] He remained the sole member of the club for 34 years until Willie Mays achieved consecutive 30–30 seasons in 1956 and 1957.[4][5] Bobby Bonds became the club's fourth member in 1969 and became the first player in MLB history to reach the 30–30 club on three occasions and ultimately on five occasions,[5][6] subsequently achieving the milestone in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1978.[4] He remained the only player to accomplish this until 1997, when his son Barry Bonds achieved his fifth 30–30 season.[4] The most recent player to reach the milestone is Cedric Mullins, who achieved the feat during the 2021 season.

Barry Bonds joined the 30–30 club in five seasons, a record he shares with his father Bobby.

In total, 43 players have reached the 30–30 club in MLB history and thirteen have done so more than once. Of these 43 players, 29 were right-handed batters, nine were left-handed and five were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. Eight of these players (including four active members of the 30–30 club) have played for only one major league team.[upper-alpha 1] The Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, and San Francisco Giants are the only franchises to have three players reach the milestone. Five players – Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa – are also members of the 500 home run club,[7] and Aaron, Mays and Rodriguez are also members of the 3,000 hit club.[8] Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Braun and Mookie Betts won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in the same year as their 30–30 season, with Bonds achieving this on two occasions (1990 and 1992).[9] Both Mays and Rollins also reached the 20–20–20 club in the same season.[10][11][12] Four players accomplished 30–30 seasons in 1987, 1996, 1997 and 2011, the most in a single season.[4]

Due to the rarity of a player excelling in the combination of hitting home runs and stealing bases,[5] Baseball Digest called the 30–30 club "the most celebrated feat that can be achieved by a player who has both power and speed."[2] Six members of the 30–30 club have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, with Mays and Aaron elected in their first year of eligibility. Eligibility requires that a player has been retired for at least five seasons or deceased for at least six months,[13] disqualifying any active players and those recently retired.

Members

Willie Mays became the first player to achieve multiple 30–30 seasons and accomplish them in back-to-back seasons.[2][5]
Hank Aaron is one of six 30–30 club members to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Barry Larkin attained 30–30 in 1996.
Alfonso Soriano reached the 30–30 club in four seasons, second only to Bobby and Barry Bonds.
Ryan Braun is the most recent player to reach the 30–30 club in multiple seasons (2011 and 2012).
Cedric Mullins is the most recent player to reach the 30–30 club.
Key
Year The year the player's 30–30 season occurred
Player (X) Name of the player (number of 30–30 seasons at that point, if more than one)
Team The player's team for his 30–30 season
HR Number of home runs in that year
SB Number of stolen bases in that year
& Denotes 40–40 season
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player is active
Members of the 30–30 club
Year Player Team HR SB Ref.
1922 Ken Williams St. Louis Browns3937[14]
1956 Willie Mays New York Giants3640[12]
1957 Willie Mays (2) New York Giants3538[12]
1963 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves4431[15]
1969 Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants3245[16]
1970 Tommy Harper Milwaukee Brewers3138[17]
1973 Bobby Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants3943[16]
1975 Bobby Bonds (3) New York Yankees3230[16]
1977 Bobby Bonds (4) California Angels3741[16]
1978 Bobby Bonds (5) Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers
3143[16]
1983 Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves3630[18]
1987 Joe Carter Cleveland Indians3231[19]
1987 Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds3750[20]
1987 Howard Johnson New York Mets3632[21]
1987 Darryl Strawberry New York Mets3936[22]
1988 Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics42&40&[23]
1989 Howard Johnson (2) New York Mets3641[21]
1990 Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates3352[24]
1990 Ron Gant Atlanta Braves3233[25]
1991 Ron Gant (2) Atlanta Braves3234[25]
1991 Howard Johnson (3) New York Mets3830[21]
1992 Barry Bonds (2) Pittsburgh Pirates3439[24]
1993 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs3336[26]
1995 Barry Bonds (3) San Francisco Giants3331[24]
1995 Sammy Sosa (2) Chicago Cubs3634[26]
1996 Dante Bichette Colorado Rockies3131[27]
1996 Barry Bonds (4) San Francisco Giants42&40&[24]
1996 Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies4032[28]
1996 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds3336[29]
1997 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros4331[30]
1997 Barry Bonds (5) San Francisco Giants4037[24]
1997 Raúl Mondesí Los Angeles Dodgers3032[31]
1997 Larry Walker Colorado Rockies4933[32]
1998 Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays3535[33]
1998 Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners42&46&[34]
1999 Jeff Bagwell (2) Houston Astros4230[30]
1999 Raúl Mondesí (2) Los Angeles Dodgers3336[31]
2000 Preston Wilson Florida Marlins3136[35]
2001 Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies3136[36]
2001 José Cruz Jr. Toronto Blue Jays3432[37]
2001 Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos3437[38]
2002 Vladimir Guerrero (2) Montreal Expos3940[38]
2002 Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees3941[39]
2003 Alfonso Soriano (2) New York Yankees3835[39]
2004 Bobby Abreu (2) Philadelphia Phillies3040[36]
2004 Carlos Beltrán Kansas City Royals
Houston Astros
3842[40]
2005 Alfonso Soriano (3) Texas Rangers3630[39]
2006 Alfonso Soriano (4) Washington Nationals46&41&[39]
2007 David Wright New York Mets3034[41]
2007 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies3041[42]
2007 Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds3032[43]
2008 Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians3338[44]
2008 Hanley Ramírez Florida Marlins3335[45]
2009 Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers3130[46]
2011 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers3940[47]
2011 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers3333[48]
2011 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox3239[49]
2011 Ian Kinsler (2) Texas Rangers3230[46]
2012 Ryan Braun (2) Milwaukee Brewers4130[48]
2012 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels3049[50]
2018 José Ramírez Cleveland Indians3934[51]
2018 Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox3230[52]
2019 Ronald Acuña Jr. Atlanta Braves 41 37 [53]
2019 Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers 44 30 [54]
2021 Cedric Mullins Baltimore Orioles 30 30 [55]

Notes

  1. The Baseball-Reference.com profiles of each player verify their active status and service time.

See also

References

General

  • "30–30 Club". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  • "The 30–30 Club – Rare Feats". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 4, 2012.

Specific

  1. Dorfman, John (April 17, 2011). "His 30–30 club has 5 stocks as stars". Omaha.com (Bloomberg News). Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2012. In baseball, the club is for ballplayers who belt 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season.
  2. Deane, Bill (May 1987). "Here Are Top Candidates To Join Elite '30–30' Club". Baseball Digest. Evanston, Illinois: Century Publishing. 46 (5): 34. ISSN 0005-609X. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  3. Vass, George (July 2004). "Baseball's Forgotten Stars". Baseball Digest. Evanston, Illinois: Century Publishing. 63 (7): 31. ISSN 0005-609X. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. Newman, Mark (August 30, 2011). "Versatile crop of players could join 30–30 club". MLB.com. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. Stewart, Wayne (May 1990). "Blend of Power and Speed: A Major League Rarity". Baseball Digest. Evanston, Illinois: Century Publishing. 49 (5): 34–35. ISSN 0005-609X. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  6. Dorfman, John (April 12, 2010). "Three Stocks Take Top Honors In Elite 30–30 Club". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 25, 2012. Bobby Bonds and his son Barry Bonds each did it five times.
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  11. Tsao, Bryan; Bolado, Carolina; Distelheim, Joe (November 30, 2007). The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008. ACTA Publications. p. 26. ISBN 9780879463410. Retrieved July 8, 2012. Wasn't Jimmy Rollins...the key to this offense? Thirty home runs, more than 200 hits, the fourth 20–20–20–20 (doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases) player in the history of the game.
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  53. "Ronald Acuna Jr. Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
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