30–30 club

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An African-American man in a white baseball uniform with "GIANTS" on the chest takes a left-handed baseball swing as a catcher kneels behind him to receive the pitch.
Barry Bonds joined the 30–30 club in five different seasons, a record he shares with his father Bobby.

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 30–30 club is the group of batters who have collected 30 home runs and 30 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 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][6] The most recent players to reach the milestone are Ryan Braun and Mike Trout, both achieving the feat during the 2012 season.

In total, 38 players have reached the 30–30 club in MLB history and 13 have done so more than once. Of these 38 players, 26 were right-handed batters, 8 were left-handed and 4 were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. Ten of these players (including eight active members of the 30–30 club) have played for only one major league team. The Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are the only franchises to have three different players reach the milestone while on their roster. 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 and Mays are also members of the 3,000 hit club.[8] Dale Murphy, Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Larry Walker, Jimmy Rollins and Braun 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 different 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] Of the 22 members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, three have been elected and two were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months,[13] disqualifying fourteen active players and two players who have been retired for less than five seasons.

Members[edit]

Black-and-white photo of Willie Mays, smiling in a San Francisco Giants hat
Willie Mays became the first player to achieve multiple 30–30 seasons and accomplish them in back-to-back seasons.[2][5]
A black-and-white photo of Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron is one of three 30–30 club members to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Barry Larkin follows through after a hit, wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform
Barry Larkin attained 30–30 in 1996.
With baseball in hand, an African-American man wearing a white and red Nationals baseball uniform cocks his arm backward as he prepares to throw
Alfonso Soriano reached the 30–30 club in four different seasons, second only to Bobby and Barry Bonds.
Ryan Braun, wearing a dark blue Brewers uniform, yields a baseball bat
Ryan Braun is the most recent player to reach the 30–30 club in multiple seasons (2011 and 2012).
Key
Year The year the player's 30–30 season occurred
Player (X) Name of the player and number of 30–30 seasons they had accomplished at that point
Italics Player achieved the 40–40 club that year
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 Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Active player Player is active
Members of the 30–30 club
Year Player Team HR SB Ref
1922 Williams, KenKen Williams St. Louis Browns 39 37 [14]
1956 Mays, WillieWillie MaysElected to the Baseball Hall of Fame New York Giants 36 40 [12]
1957 Mays, WillieWillie MaysElected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (2) New York Giants 35 38 [12]
1963 Aaron, HankHank AaronElected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Milwaukee Braves 44 31 [15]
1969 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds San Francisco Giants 32 45 [16]
1970 Harper, TommyTommy Harper Milwaukee Brewers 31 38 [17]
1973 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants 39 43 [16]
1975 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds (3) New York Yankees 32 30 [16]
1977 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds (4) California Angels 37 41 [16]
1978 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds (5) Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers
31 43 [16]
1983 Murphy, DaleDale Murphy Atlanta Braves 36 30 [18]
1987 Carter, JoeJoe Carter Cleveland Indians 32 31 [19]
1987 Davis, EricEric Davis Cincinnati Reds 37 50 [20]
1987 Johnson, HowardHoward Johnson New York Mets 36 32 [21]
1987 Strawberry, DarrylDarryl Strawberry New York Mets 39 36 [22]
1988 Canseco, JoséJosé Canseco Oakland Athletics 42^ 40^ [23]
1989 Johnson, HowardHoward Johnson (2) New York Mets 36 41 [21]
1990 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates 33 52 [24]
1990 Gant, RonRon Gant Atlanta Braves 32 33 [25]
1991 Gant, RonRon Gant (2) Atlanta Braves 32 34 [25]
1991 Johnson, HowardHoward Johnson (3) New York Mets 38 30 [21]
1992 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (2) Pittsburgh Pirates 34 39 [24]
1993 Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 33 36 [26]
1995 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (3) San Francisco Giants 33 31 [24]
1995 Sosa, SammySammy Sosa (2) Chicago Cubs 36 34 [26]
1996 Bichette, DanteDante Bichette Colorado Rockies 31 31 [27]
1996 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (4) San Francisco Giants 42^ 40^ [24]
1996 Burks, EllisEllis Burks Colorado Rockies 40 32 [28]
1996 Larkin, BarryBarry LarkinElected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds 33 36 [29]
1997 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros 43 31 [30]
1997 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (5) San Francisco Giants 40 37 [24]
1997 Mondesí, RaúlRaúl Mondesí Los Angeles Dodgers 30 32 [31]
1997 Walker, LarryLarry Walker Colorado Rockies 49 33 [32]
1998 Green, ShawnShawn Green Toronto Blue Jays 35 35 [33]
1998 Rodriguez, AlexAlex RodriguezActive player Seattle Mariners 42^ 46^ [34]
1999 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell (2) Houston Astros 42 30 [30]
1999 Mondesí, RaúlRaúl Mondesí (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 33 36 [31]
2000 Wilson, PrestonPreston Wilson Florida Marlins 31 36 [35]
2001 Abreu, BobbyBobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies 31 36 [36]
2001 Cruz, Jr., JoséJosé Cruz, Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 34 32 [37]
2001 Guerrero, VladimirVladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos 34 37 [38]
2002 Guerrero, VladimirVladimir Guerrero (2) Montreal Expos 39 40 [38]
2002 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoActive player New York Yankees 39 41 [39]
2003 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoActive player (2) New York Yankees 38 35 [39]
2004 Abreu, BobbyBobby Abreu (2) Philadelphia Phillies 30 40 [36]
2004 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos BeltránActive player Kansas City Royals
Houston Astros
38 42 [40]
2005 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoActive player (3) Texas Rangers 36 30 [39]
2006 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso SorianoActive player (4) Washington Nationals 46^ 41^ [39]
2007 Wright, DavidDavid WrightActive player New York Mets 30 34 [41]
2007 Rollins, JimmyJimmy RollinsActive player Philadelphia Phillies 30 41 [42]
2007 Phillips, BrandonBrandon PhillipsActive player Cincinnati Reds 30 32 [43]
2008 Sizemore, GradyGrady SizemoreActive player Cleveland Indians 33 38 [44]
2008 Ramírez, HanleyHanley RamírezActive player Florida Marlins 33 35 [45]
2009 Kinsler, IanIan KinslerActive player Texas Rangers 31 30 [46]
2011 Kemp, MattMatt KempActive player Los Angeles Dodgers 39 40 [47]
2011 Braun, RyanRyan BraunActive player Milwaukee Brewers 33 33 [48]
2011 Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby EllsburyActive player Boston Red Sox 32 39 [49]
2011 Kinsler, IanIan KinslerActive player (2) Texas Rangers 32 30 [46]
2012 Braun, RyanRyan BraunActive player (2) Milwaukee Brewers 41 30 [48]
2012 Trout, MikeMike TroutActive player Los Angeles Angels 30 49 [50]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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