That power and speed combination has Beltran one stolen base away from becoming just the 8th member in the history of the game of the 300/300 (homeruns and stolen bases) club. Current hall-of-famers Willie Mays and Andre Dawson are on the list as are future hall-0f-famers Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez. Bobby Bonds, Steve Finley, and Reggie Sanders round out the group.
The newly retired Mike Cameron was very close to joining this club as he finished his career with 278 homeruns and 297 stolen bases. And at one point, Alfonso Soriano looked to have a legitimate shot at one day joining this club. He already has enough homeruns with 352 and his 265 stolen bases are not so far off that one would think he cannot join this club. But, at the age of 36, it is looking less and less likely he joins the club. He has one stolen base this season and only 17 over the past four seasons (including 2012).
Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson just missed joining this club as he finished his career with 297 homeruns but his 1406 stolen bases and being the sole member of the 1000 stolen base club is far more prestigious. Fellow hall-of-famer Ryne Sandberg missed joining this club by 18 homeruns as did former All-Star Eric Davis. Future hall-of-famer Craig Biggio missed by a mere nine homeruns.
...Any day now Beltran will reach that 300th stolen base and he will join an exclusive club. But, unlike Reggie Sanders, Bobby Bonds, and Steve Finley, the 300/300 club will not be the highest achievement of Beltran’s career and it may simply be one of the milestones that is etched into a plaque that will be hung from the walls of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.