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Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish.

Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it was 22-year-old Alex Rodriguez of the Mariners in 1998.

With 48 steals, Trout is one of 19 players to hit 30 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season. Matt Kemp was the last when he finished with 39 homers and 40 steals last year.

One imagines Trout should have at least one or two more 30-30 seasons in his future. Here’s a list of the players to do it multiple times in their careers:

5 – Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds
4 – Alfonso Soriano
3 – Howard Johnson
2 – Bobby Abreu, Jeff Bagwell, Ryan Braun, Ron Gant, Vladimir Guerrero, Ian Kinsler, Willie Mays, Raul Mondesi, Sammy Sosa

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    30/30 is meaningless. Being a true 5-tool player is meaningless. Defense be damned. All hail the triple crown! ***

    • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      For those who don’t know, *** means I’m kidding.

      • bigharold - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        Thanks for the clarification, .. I was wondering if you had lost your mind or was just drinking heavy.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        I rarely drink and never heavily. However, my wife sometimes tells me I’ve lost my mind.

  2. somekat - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    If Bobby Abreau makes the list, it is an overrated list

    nothing like steals in 8 run ball games, and solo home runs up or down by 5

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      As opposed to who?

      Abreu has 287 homers: 141 with men on (49%), 111 that put his team ahead (39%), 5 that ended games
      Bagwell has 449 homers: 201 with men on (45%), 148 that put his team ahead (33%), 3 that ended games

      Abreu had 32 solo homers with his team up or down by four or more runs. Bagwell had 65.

      Any “clutch” players you’d like me to run the same searches for?

      • raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Actually, I think this is interesting–would love to see a post on this, see if anyone who has at least 200 HRs truly hit “clutch” homers at a higher rate than others. I kind of doubt it.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Joe Carter

      • theawesomersfranchise - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        & Dave Henderson

      • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        Abreu: 287 HR, 141 with men on (49%), 111 that put his team ahead (39%), 5 walkoffs
        Carter: 396 HR, 184 with men on (46%), 119 that pen his team ahead (30%), 4 walkoffs
        Henderson: 197 HR, 75 with men on (38%), 56 that put his team ahead (28%), 5 walkoffs

        Henderson didn’t spend much time hitting third or fourth, so he likely had fewer opportunities with men on base than guys like Abreu and Carter.

      • bigmeechy74 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Could you try and find out how “clutch” derek jeter has been over the years? Not in terms of home runs but just in general… Thanks

  3. mungman69 - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Bitter people need to get laid.

    • yahmule - Oct 1, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      Yes, but that increases the chances of bitter offspring.

  4. lumpyf - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Trout was never in the 30/30 club. He started out in the 30/40 club and I expect him to finish in the 30/50 club.

  5. phillyphannn83 - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Calcaterra’s most hated Philly fan. hahaha

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!

  7. vallewho - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Willie Mays only did it twice?

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