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Ian Kinsler: 30-30 man

Sep 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler celebrates after scoring on a throwing error by Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and a stolen base last night. The steal put him in the 30-30 club.

Four guys have made it into the 30-30 club this season: Kinsler, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and Jacoby Ellsbury.  While Kinsler is having the “worst” season out of those four — not a slam considering the other three are MVP candidates — he has been the most successful on the base paths, being caught a mere three times.

On the year he’s at .256/.354/.469 with 77 driven in.

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Can someone more statistically inclined than myself, please tell me how many other Second basemen have pulled this off twice? Seems quite rare.

    • channingtaintum - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      Alfonso Soriano comes to mind. Pretty sure he’s the only one.

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        sb hr
        2002 41 39
        2003 38 35
        2005 30 36

    • scatterbrian - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Seek and ye shall find: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30–30_club

      Only Soriano has done it, but he was also a pretty poor excuse for “second baseman”…

      • kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Wow, wikipedia really does know everything *
        I tend to agree that Soriano is not a baseman or a fielder.

    • hackerjay - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      This is only the sixth time a second baseman has gone 30-30, like it has been said, Soriano has done it multiple times.

      2011 — Ian Kinsler
      2009 — Ian Kinsler
      2007 — Brandon Phillips
      2005 — Alfonso Soriano
      2003 — Alfonso Soriano
      2002 — Alfonso Soriano

  2. Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    I mentioned this in an earlier thread, but it seems appropriate here:

    Thus is the first season in MLB history that there have been multiple 30/30 guys in both leagues.

    I’m still hoping Kemp can hit two more HR to gets to 40/40.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      Also only the second time there have been two in the AL.

      • Lukehart80 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        I saw that. It seems like base stealing has traditionally been a bit more of a National League thing.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Craig-Thanks for the Kinsler shout-out.

    Miguel Cabrera is still AL MVP, though.

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