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Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Ryan Braun AP AP

The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history.

Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing third base. He now has 30 stolen bases on the year to go along with a career-high 41 home runs. This is just the 11th time in MLB history that a player has amassed at least 40 homers and 30 stolen bases in one season.

Here are the others:

2006: Alfonso Soriano – 46 home runs and 41 stolen bases

1999: Jeff Bagwell – 42 home runs and 32 stolen bases

1998: Alex Rodriguez – 42 home runs and 46 stolen bases

1997: Barry Bonds – 40 home runs and 37 stolen bases

1997: Larry Walker – 49 home runs and 33 stolen bases

1997: Jeff Bagwell – 43 home runs and 31 stolen bases

1996: Barry Bonds – 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases

1996: Ellis Burks – 40 home runs and 32 stolen bases

1988: Jose Canseco – 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases

1963: Hank Aaron – 44 home runs and 31 stolen bases

Braun won the National League MVP award last season by hitting .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs, 111 RBI, 33 stolen bases and a .994 OPS. He has a strong case for the award again this year on pure numbers alone, delivering a .319/.391/.602 batting line to go along with a .993 OPS. His 41 homers and 112 RBI currently lead the National League. Of course, the chances of a repeat are likely pretty slim. The Brewers are almost certainly going to miss the postseason and we’ll probably see quite a few voters dock him for his overturned PED test. Not saying it’s fair, as he should be assessed on his 2012 contributions alone and not the controversy that followed him into spring training, but that’s the reality of the situation.

  1. husky2score - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Quite amazing just what steroids can do for you!!

    • scatterbrian - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Braun was never connected to steroids. His test was said to have produced unusually high levels of testosterone. But yeah, all that shit’s the same I guess. #knowinglyfeedstroll

      • sabatimus - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        He didn’t mention Braun. You did.

      • scatterbrian - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM


        Sorry for jumping to outlandish conclusions. I was just going off the headline and the overall basis of the story. My bad.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        It’s also possible he could be meaning that sarcastically.

    • dickclydesdale - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Braun should have missed 50 games with his steroids suspension but Selig hooked him up with a full slate of games this season. Just another tainted mark.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Explain how Selig hooked him up when MLB tried to suspend him, and Braun had to resort to the arbitration process? Add to that the fact that Selig/MLB fired the arbitrator not long after he ruled in favor of Braun.

        If you want to believe that Braun winning his case was wrong, feel free to do so. Attempting to blame Bud Selig for it is just a ridiculous departure from reality however.

  2. ddjesus - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    whenever Braun starts to naturally decline, all of the cretins will be crawling out of the woodwork again, screaming “see! he can’t do anything without the juice!”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Louis Prima: With all the great players playing ball right now, how well do you think you would do against today’s pitchers?
      Ty Cobb: Well, I figure against today’s pitchers I’d only probably hit about .290
      Louis Prima: .290? Well that’s amazing, because you batted over .400 a… a whole bunch of times. Now tell us all, we’d all like to know, why do you think you’d only hit .290?
      Ty Cobb: Well, I’m 72 fucking years old you ignorant son of a bitch.

      • ugglasforearms - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        I wish I could give multiple thumbs up for the Louis Prima reference.

      • dino1730 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM


  3. blacksables - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    It was history the first time someone did it. After that, it’s not history, it’s just a footnote.

  4. onbucky96 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Cue the haters and their ‘roid rumors. He won, he’s kick ass again, get over it.

  5. dino1730 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Classic, I’ve never seen the man play, but he is now my favorite player.

    • dino1730 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      This was meant for the Ty Cobb reference above. My computer is stupid

  6. kvanhorn87 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I can’t believe Griffey Jr isn’t on this list

    • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Junior did not steal a lot of bases even though he was fast. He only stole as many as 20 twice, 20 in 1998 and 24 in 1999…to go along with 56 and 48 HRs, respectively.

      • willclarkgameface - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        On that note, Junior Griffey has to be one of the laziest athletes of our generation. Talented, yes (super fucking talented), but I feel he took it all for granted and felt like he didn’t really have to work at it.

        I guess when you hit 600+ home runs, it’s all washed away and you’re just considered amazing, but realistically, this guy should have been 770+ home runs, 3000+ hits, more stolen bases, more RBI, more, more, more.

        And he never should have left Seattle, but that’s another conversation for another day.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        Griffey was not lazy. He was just so good he made it look easy. He got injured repeatedly when he was with the Reds. If he stays healthy those years, yes, he challenges those numbers you mentioned.

      • willclarkgameface - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Are you kidding he wasn’t lazy?

        There was a reason that every year he came back to spring training looking like he ate too much off season.

        Dude didn’t work out the right way, didn’t eat right, and didn’t take care of himself the way he needed to.

        He is the perfect example (along with example #1 Babe Ruth) the baseball detractors use to say that baseball players don’t need to be in shape to be amazing.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        No I am not kidding you. His downfall was his hamstrings, not his work ethic. I’ve no doubt he enjoyed histmie off, but that does not equate to not working hard Feb-Nov. He did, and does, work out–he’s not over weight even now.

        Working out “the right way” in his era generally meant taking potent anti-inflammatory medicines, ie steroids.

  7. spankygreen - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM


  8. willclarkgameface - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Well, this is good. Braun already made history last off-season by starting the “HEY, LET’S GET JACKED ON TESTOSTERONE AND STILL GET OUT OF A SUSPENSION” club.

    Good for him!

    And can we talk for one moment about the significance of this whole 40/40 thing? I mean, does this really matter? It’s just another lame baseball stat that has caught some wind because someone managed to find out that before Canseco no one had done it. It’s really stupid.

    5 tool players are 5 tool players and if they don’t get 40/40 or 40/30 (which is even MORE lame), does anyone really give a shit?

  9. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy. Steroids Good!”

    – Ryan Braun

  10. mute617 - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    F ESPN for breaking the story that never should’ve been broke.

  11. cosanostra71 - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    hey, Ellis Burks!

  12. braunliesandcheats - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Braun will get his eventually. Liars and cheats are eventually caught.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      ^^ Big Macho moment ^^

      BM, for short.

  13. bbk1000 - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Lyin’ Ryan….all those guys aside from Aaron have something going for them….

  14. bla bla bla - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Braun is just that ridiculously good, at everything pertaining to the game of baseball. His game simply has no holes in it. Yeah, he’s a little cocky and I’d probably hate him if he weren’t on “my” team; but he is on my team, and I for one will thoroughly enjoy the ride as i watch his career unfold.

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