Doing something incredibly well in the Major Leagues is tough enough. Being able to do 2 extremely various things well is genuinely unique.
That’s why the power-speed combination is such an important property. Typically, those tools are at chances. The kind of huge slugger who tends to acquire homers is typically no danger on the bases. And the sort of fleet-footed burner with a flair for gathering taken bases hardly ever is a prime prospect to go deep.
That’s why 40 homers and 40 takes in the very same season is among the video game’s most unique clubs. Fewer than 2 gamers annually even reach the 30-30 mark.
Of course, those aren’t the only methods to determine this uncommon mix of abilities. Power doesn’t just manifest itself in homers, and the very same holds true for speed and takes. But a gamer who reaches a substantial profession turning point in both of those standard statistics plainly has a varied variety of tools.
Entering 2022, there are 152 gamers in AL/NL history with a minimum of 300 profession homers. There are 151 with 300-plus takes. But just 8 come from both groups. Some are apparent. A couple of might amaze you.
Here are baseball’s supreme power-speed gamers — the members of the 300-300 club. Players are noted in order of profession crowning achievement overall.
Barry Bonds (762 HR, 514 SB)
Well, yeah. Bonds blew up until now past the 300 limits that you might cut his overalls in half, and he would still nearly make it. But it’s worth keeping in mind that even if he had actually retired at the age of 31, after the 1996 season — the year he went 40-40 — he would have done so with 334 huge flies and 380 takes. That made Bonds the youngest to sign up with the club, a great pointer that while the power peaked late, he was an exceptionally vibrant professional athlete who took a minimum of 28 bases in 12 of his very first 13 seasons.
Alex Rodriguez (696 HR, 329 SB)
There are, certainly, a great deal of parallels here with Bonds, although beyond his 40-40 project in 1998, Rodriguez never ever reached the 30-steals plateau (He did get to double digits 14 times, nevertheless). Where Rodriguez actually sticks out is his position: The shortstop/third baseman is the only gamer on the list who wasn’t an outfielder.
Willie Mays (660 HR, 338 SB)
The Say Hey Kid never ever went 40-40, however he did strike 51 homers in 1955 and after that took 40 bases the next year. From 1955-60, he balanced 36 huge flies and 31 takes — a duration when he won all 4 of his taken base titles. Mays normally did not run much after age 33, however in some way he swiped 23 bases in 1971, making him among 6 gamers in modern-day history to reach that overall at age 40 or older.
Andre Dawson (438 HR, 314 SB)
By the time The Hawk was the NL MVP for the 1987 Cubs, the 32-year-old was a lot more of a slugger (49 homers) than a speedster (11 takes) after years of compromising his knees to the synthetic grass at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. But the young Dawson might do it all. In his very first 7 complete seasons, for the Expos from 1977-83, he balanced 24 homers and 30 takes, while likewise winning the very first 4 of his 8 profession Gold Glove Awards.
Carlos Beltrán (435 HR, 312 SB)
A 22-year-old Beltrán notched 22 homers and 27 takes to take AL Rookie of the Year honors for the 1999 Royals, and with that fired up a run as one of baseball’s most vibrant well-rounded gamers for the next years. It was the very first of his 7 20-20 projects, connected for 4th all-time. Beltrán sticks out not simply for his taken base overall, however likewise his effectiveness. His profession success rate of 86.4% ranks very first all-time for a gamer with a minimum of 200 efforts.
Bobby Bonds (332 HR, 461 SB)
Before there was Barry, there was Bobby. In his very first complete season in 1969, the senior Bonds smacked 32 huge flies and swiped 45 bases. It was the start of an 11-season run throughout which he balanced 28 homers and 39 takes and created 10 20-20 projects to set a record matched just by his boy.
Reggie Sanders (305 HR, 304 SB)
This one may come as a little a surprise, due to the fact that Sanders made just one All-Star group and normally flew under the radar. But he was a tricky power-speed danger throughout his profession and had the ability to simply overcome the 300 plateau in both classifications. While he had an overall of simply 3 top-10 surfaces in his league in homers and takes, Sanders broke double digits in both every year from 1992 to 2005, when he was 37.
Steve Finley (304 HR, 320 SB)
He and Sanders make a great set. The 2 outfielders’ professions overlapped nearly precisely, both bounced around to 8 groups, and both were efficient for a very long time without ever being thought about huge stars (though Finley won 5 Gold Gloves in center and played a significant function in Arizona’s 2001 champion). So it’s fitting that Finley reached 300-300 in the very same month as Sanders (June 2006), a time when he likewise occurred to be colleagues with the No. 1 gamer on this list.
Another 8 gamers have actually reached a minimum of 275 homers and takes without rather splitting 300-300. But considering that a few of their combined overalls are probably more excellent than a couple of members of the 300-300 club, here is a peek at these respectable discusses.
Rickey Henderson (297 HR, 1,406 SB): The all-time leader in takes likewise struck as numerous as 28 homers in a season two times.
Craig Biggio (291 HR, 414 SB): He required simply a handful of his 668 profession doubles (5th all-time) to perform of the ballpark.
Alfonso Soriano (412 HR, 289 SB): He didn’t get to 300-300, however he did get to 40-40 in 2006.
Bobby Abreu (288 HR, 400 SB): His 9 20-20 projects are the most all-time in the non-Bonds department.
Don Baylor (338 HR, 285 SB): He put everything together for the Angels in his 1979 MVP season (36 HR, 22 SB), when he likewise led the AL in runs (120) and RBIs (139).
Eric Davis (282 HR, 349 SB): Before injuries obstructed, his awesome capability yielded impressive numbers, such as 47 homers and 98 takes over one 162-game stretch in between 1986-87.
Ryne Sandberg (282 HR, 344 SB): At various points in his profession, he published seasons of 26-54 (1985) and 40-25 (‘90).
Mike Cameron (278 HR, 297 SB): He balanced much better than 20-20 over a 13-year stretch (1997-2009) in which he bet 6 groups.