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Paul Goldschmidt is trying to join the .300-30-100-10 club

Sep 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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After his latest monster game last night Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is now hitting .301 with 32 homers and 114 RBIs on the season. He also brings an added dimension offensively that few first basemen can match, stealing a team-high 14 bases.

I was curious about how rare it is for a first baseman to hit .300 with 30-plus homers, 100-plus RBIs, and double-digit steals. Here’s the full list during the past 40 years (since 1974):

Jeff Bagwell         4 times
Albert Pujols        3
Andres Galarraga     2
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT     1
Joey Votto           1
Derrek Lee           1
Mo Vaughn            1

First things first: Yes, that’s the same Mo Vaughn. He stole 11 bases in his MVP-winning 1995 season … and never stole more than four bases in any other season.

Overall during the past 40 seasons six different first basemen have hit .300-30-100 with double-digit steals and they’ve done it a total of 12 times, led by Jeff Bagwell’s four seasons of .300-30-100-10. If he can keep his batting average above .300 for the next two weeks Goldschmidt would become the seventh first baseman in the club since 1974.

  1. thebigtim2012 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Mo Vaughn stole 11 bases!?!? Holy crap

    • Ben - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      In an attempt to draw people back after the strike., MLB was experimenting with juiced basepaths that year.

    • zzalapski - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Hell, Adam Dunn once stole 19 bases.

    • southpaw2k - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I assume that meant he managed to steal a base off the field after a game was over when no one was looking. There’s no way he could run faster than a catcher’s throw to second base to tag him out.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Mo Vaughn the HIT DOG!

  2. sharks2cup20 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    A shame he won’t be in MVP talks with where Arizona is in the standings. If they’re anywhere in the playoffs it’s a toss up between him and McCutchen.

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