Thursday, September 17, 2009
Can I Get a 30-30?
Since Ken Williams hit 39 home runs and stole 37 bases for the St. Louis Browns in 1922 there have been 52 30-30 seasons by 32 different players, but these have been in decline of late. I personally love this stat, and enjoy looking at the names of the people who have accomplished it like Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy and Joe Carter. It was all the rage through the late 80’s and 90’s, especially when Jose Canseco hit the 40-40 mark in 1988. This year 5 guys have hit the 20-20 plateau, but 30-30 is still uncharted as of yet in 2009. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has the best shot right now to do it. He is 1 home run and 2 steals away from his first 30-30 campaign. He is facing Scott Kazmir and the Angles tonight. Ian is hitting just .105 (2-19 lifetime off of Kaz, but one hit is a home run and he does have one steal against the lefty. I wish I didn’t have to be to work in 10 minutes; otherwise I might elaborate a little more. Perhaps more later on Ian, Kaz and the other’s with 30-30 ambitions. Good Luck Ian. Go Rays! Troll out.