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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Today in Baseball History: Barry Bonds joins the 300-300 club

I was initially going to devote today’s baseball history post to a different exclusive club as, on this day in 1971, Hank Aaron hit his 600th career homer in a Braves loss. At the time, there were only two other players in that exclusive club and one of them — Willie Mays — was on the team that beat Aaron’s Braves that day, the San Francisco Giants. The other, of course, was Babe Ruth.

The thing is, though, the 600-home run club isn’t as exclusive as it used to be. Since Aaron joined that club, six other men have joined him, the Bambino and the Say Hey Kid: Barry Bonds (762), Alex Rodriguez (696), Albert Pujols (656 and counting), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Jim Thome (612), and Sammy Sosa (609).

A lot of that, obviously, is because of the differences between eras and, in some cases, the help of banned substances. More homers were hit from the mid-1990s through the present day, making a hyper-exclusive club into a somewhat less-hyper-exclusive club. It happens.

There’s a different club, however, that two of those men belong to which also has a history item tied to is on April 27: the 300-300 club, for guys who have smacked 300 dingers and stole 300 bases. On this day in 1996 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants homered twice in a 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins to gain entry. He had stolen his 300th base in 1994. Bonds, of course, would go on to become the only member of both the 400-400 and 500-500 club. He was pretty good.

Something for those of you curious as for who has combined power and speed to the greatest degree.


QLE Posted: April 28, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 300-300, barry bonds, history, home runs, stolen bases

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   1. BrianBrianson Posted: May 01, 2020 at 02:03 AM (#5946420)
When I was a kid, I had some baseball magazine (Beckett's?) that had an article about every 30-30 season ever. I don't think that'd be possible anymore.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: May 01, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5946443)
Among active players, Trout has a decent opportunity to get there. Yelich, Betts, Altuve, and of course some of the very young guys also have a chance. A vanished half-season during their primes doesn't help though.
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 01, 2020 at 10:04 AM (#5946462)
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Hank Aaron
SS: Alex Rodriguez
3B: Jim Thome
LF: Barry Bonds
CF: Willie Mays
RF: Ken Griffey Jr
C: Sammy Sosa
P: Babe Ruth

The best I could do. Sorry, Sammy.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: May 01, 2020 at 10:09 AM (#5946464)
In a batting order:
Bonds L
Mays R
Ruth L
Pujols R
Griffey L
Aaron R
Thome L
Sosa R
Rodriguez R
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 01, 2020 at 12:42 PM (#5946609)
The pitcher batting third? Why that’s crazy talk!
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 01, 2020 at 01:38 PM (#5946648)
Joe Madden is the manager.
   7. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 02, 2020 at 07:50 PM (#5946973)
Trout only needs 100 more steals (and 15 HR's). Averages right around 25 a season, so 4-5 years and he's in. Can't imagine he doesnt make it.
   8. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 02, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5946996)
averages 25, yeah, but 82 of them in his first two full years. But, yeah, should do it.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2020 at 09:20 PM (#5947000)
Gotta have Dale Murphy at catcher.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 02, 2020 at 09:41 PM (#5947003)
Dale was a mere 202 home runs short of qualifying for the team.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2020 at 09:52 PM (#5947006)
I guess I didn't know if we were doing the 600 HR team, a 300-300 team, or 30-30 seasons team.
   12. EddieA Posted: May 02, 2020 at 10:09 PM (#5947009)
When Dale Murphy went 30-30 it was a rare thing instead of every season.
   13. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 02, 2020 at 10:26 PM (#5947012)
Dale was a mere 202 home runs short of qualifying for the team.

Biggio's 9 HR short and really could catch
   14. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 03, 2020 at 12:41 PM (#5947104)
A 300-300 team or a 30-30 lineup could also be interesting, but either way you lose Ruth, Aaron, Pujols, Sosa, and Griffey from the 600-HR group. It was the nine-person membership that made me bother.

Only Mays and Bonds qualify for all three lineups. Aaron and Sosa can be on the 30-30 team, but not the 300-300.
   15. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 03, 2020 at 01:23 PM (#5947113)
the 300-300 club has a couple of names I wouldn't gave guessed in a million years. Steve Finley has a weird career arc--he never hit more than 10 HRs in a season through age 30; then he was usually in the 20s or 30s every year until he was 39. I guess we all know what THAT means.
   16. Jack Keefe Posted: May 03, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5947114)
There was many a Cam Pane when I walkt 30 badders and struck out 30 Al. Well 2 or 3. I do not see what the fuss about Barley Banns.
   17. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 03, 2020 at 02:23 PM (#5947121)
30-30 team:

C - Dale Murphy
1B - Jeff Bagwell
2B - Ian Kinsler
SS - Alex Rodriguez
3B - Jose Ramirez
LF - Barry Bonds
CF - Mike Trout
RF - Hank Aaron
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 03, 2020 at 02:37 PM (#5947122)
no Willie Mays?
   19. PreservedFish Posted: May 03, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5947124)
I want HoJo at 3B! Remember when 30-30 was a big deal? At least to those of us that were 9 years old and primarily learned about baseball through baseball cards and such.
   20. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 03, 2020 at 11:36 PM (#5947263)
no Willie Mays?

Sloppy oversight. I saw Trout on the list and didn't bother looking further.
   21. bachslunch Posted: May 04, 2020 at 07:28 AM (#5947270)
@15: interesting that this is no guarantee of HoF admission. Only two of the eight players who did this (Willie Mays and Andre Dawson) are enshrined. Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez have PED issues (and the latter isn’t eligible yet anyway). Carlos Beltran isn’t eligible yet either but probably goes in. Bobby Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and Steve Finley aren’t getting in without a ticket.
   22. Adam Starblind Posted: May 04, 2020 at 07:42 AM (#5947271)

I want HoJo at 3B! Remember when 30-30 was a big deal? At least to those of us that were 9 years old and primarily learned about baseball through baseball cards and such.

Quite well. It was the biggest deal, and Mets were disproportionately represented in the club (Strawberry x 2, plus HoJo). I would examine the backs of baseball cards to see who had a chance to do it some day (hit on Ron Gant, very disappointed in Ellis Burks EDIT: wow, look at 1996, sorry Ellis and congrats) and would be surprised by some of the established players who used to be power-speed guys (Dawson?? OMFG!).

And of course Canseco's 40-40 season was the most important thing that had ever happened.
   23. pikepredator Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:29 AM (#5947274)
40-40 was huge at the time, no question. Along with the "if I had known it would be such a big deal, I would've done it once or twice" derision.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:31 AM (#5947276)
Bobby Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and Steve Finley aren’t getting in without a ticket.

The Hall would probably let Bobby in without a ticket if Barry gets inducted.
   25. Ron J Posted: May 04, 2020 at 08:31 AM (#5947277)
#23 Particularly jarring when Harmon Killebrew said it.
   26. Booey Posted: May 04, 2020 at 01:39 PM (#5947455)
Looks like there's been 62 30/30 seasons by 40 different players. It used to be rare; only happened 11 times between 1922 (when Ken Williams became the first) and 1986. But then 4 players reached it in 1987 and it's happened at least once every year since except for the strike year of 1994 (Bonds had 37/29), 2010, and then 2013-2017, when it looked like the trend might be slowing down, before it jumped back up to normal with 2 seasons a piece in 2018 and 2019.

But hey, I guess there's a good chance it doesn't happen in 2020...

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