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The 30-30 club is a grouping of players who have reached the 30 stolen base and 30 home run plateaus in the same season.

The term "club" is used rather loosely, as it is generally used by sports writers and fans to group players together under a common heading. The word "club" was likely coined based on the original exclusiveness and rarity of a 30-30 season. Statistically, the 30-30 club is of note due to the pairing of power and speed - two measurements usually isolated from one another. For example, a slugging first baseman would not usually accumulate high stolen base totals. Likewise, a speedy center fielder may be more adept at stealing bases, but may not supply much power. Thus, many players may be able to either steal 30 bases or hit 30 home runs, but only a rare handful may be able to do both.

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[edit] Trends and Breakdown

Recent trends show that club membership has steadily increased since the 1970s. Ken Williams was the first player to reach the mark in the major leagues in 1922 with 39 home runs and 37 stolen bases. He was the sole member of the club for 34 years until Willie Mays had back-to-back 30-30 seasons in 1956 and 1957. Occurrences then began to increase thereafter, as there were 2 in the 1960s, 5 (4 by Bobby Bonds) in the 1970s, 7 in the 1980s, 20 (5 by Barry Bonds) in the 1990s, and 17 (4 by Alfonso Soriano) in the 2000s.

Most 30-30 seasons come from players who play the outfield, particularly left and right field. However, several center fielders have enjoyed 30-30 seasons, including Willie Mays, Dale Murphy, Eric Davis, Preston Wilson, Carlos Beltran, Grady Sizemore, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Kemp and Mike Trout. The remaining breakdown is as follows: shortstop (4) (Barry Larkin, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, Hanley Ramirez); third base (3) (Tommy Harper, Howard Johnson, David Wright); second base (3) (Alfonso Soriano, Brandon Phillips, Ian Kinsler); first base (2) (Joe Carter, Jeff Bagwell). There has not been a 30-30 season recorded by a player who predominately plays catcher or pitcher.

There have been 60 30-30 seasons by 38 different players. Barry and Bobby Bonds account for 10 of those seasons.

[edit] 30-30 Seasons in the majors

40-40 club seasons in bold.

Name Team Year HR SB
Ken Williams St. Louis Browns 1922 39 37
Willie Mays New York Giants 1956 36 40
Willie Mays (2) New York Giants 1957 35 38
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves 1963 44 31
Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants 1969 32 45
Tommy Harper Milwaukee Brewers 1970 31 38
Bobby Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants 1973 39 43
Bobby Bonds (3) New York Yankees 1975 32 30
Bobby Bonds (4) California Angels 1977 37 41
Bobby Bonds (5) Chicago White Sox/Texas Rangers 1978 31 43
Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves 1983 36 30
Joe Carter Cleveland Indians 1987 32 31
Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds 1987 37 50
Howard Johnson New York Mets 1987 36 32
Darryl Strawberry New York Mets 1987 39 36
José Canseco Oakland Athletics 1988 42 40
Howard Johnson (2) New York Mets 1989 36 41
Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates 1990 33 52
Ron Gant Atlanta Braves 1990 32 33
Ron Gant (2) Atlanta Braves 1991 32 34
Howard Johnson (3) New York Mets 1991 38 30
Barry Bonds (2) Pittsburgh Pirates 1992 34 39
Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 1993 36 33
Barry Bonds (3) San Francisco Giants 1995 33 31
Sammy Sosa (2) Chicago Cubs 1995 36 34
Dante Bichette Colorado Rockies 1996 31 31
Barry Bonds (4) San Francisco Giants 1996 42 40
Ellis Burks Colorado Rockies 1996 40 32
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds 1996 33 36
Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros 1997 43 31
Barry Bonds (5) San Francisco Giants 1997 40 37
Raul Mondesi Los Angeles Dodgers 1997 30 32
Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 1997 49 33
Shawn Green Toronto Blue Jays 1998 35 35
Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 1998 42 46
Jeff Bagwell (2) Houston Astros 1999 42 30
Raul Mondesi (2) Los Angeles Dodgers 1999 33 36
Preston Wilson Florida Marlins 2000 31 36
Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies 2001 31 36
Jose Cruz, Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 2001 34 32
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos 2001 34 37
Vladimir Guerrero (2) Montreal Expos 2002 39 40
Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees 2002 39 41
Alfonso Soriano (2) New York Yankees 2003 38 35
Bobby Abreu (2) Philadelphia Phillies 2004 30 40
Carlos Beltran Kansas City Royals/Houston Astros 2004 38 42
Alfonso Soriano (3) Texas Rangers 2005 36 30
Alfonso Soriano (4) Washington Nationals 2006 46 41
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 2007 30 32
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies 2007 30 41
David Wright New York Mets 2007 30 34
Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins 2008 33 35
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians 2008 33 38
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2009 31 31
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers 2011 33 33
Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox 2011 32 39
Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers 2011 39 40
Ian Kinsler (2) Texas Rangers 2011 32 30
Ryan Braun (2) Milwaukee Brewers 2012 41 30
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 2012 30 49

[edit] Notes and Trivia

[edit] First player to reach 30-30 in different minor leagues and international leagues

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No one has gone 30-30 in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Taiwan Major League, Arizona Fall League or Hoofdklasse Honkbal through 2006

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