30/30 Club

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Joining the 30/30 Club is a great personal honor for Major League hitters. It takes a special type of player who is able to both hit for power and speed quickly between the bags to accumulate the 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen Bases required for membership. So far only the Dodger’ Matt Kemp has joined the 30/30 Club with his 32 Home Runs and 37 Stolen Bases. Check out how close some other hitter are from joining Kemp.

HRs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange) & Stolen Bases Caught (Green)

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is closest to joining the 30/30 club as he only needs 3 more Home Runs to complement his 31 Stolen Bases.  Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is six swipes away, but his low Stolen Base success rate of 69% could leave him a bag or two shy from tacking another honor onto his already spectacular season. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury’s lack of power hitting, he only has 24 Home Runs, has barred his entrance so far and he must drastically increase his average of .18 Home Runs per game if he hopes to be part of the 30/30 Club.  With 25 Home Runs and 23 Stolen Bases, the Ranger’s Ian Kinsler has an outside shot of joining club.  However, Kinsler stole nine bases in August and has four Home Runs in 5 games already in September.

Which of these players do you think will join the 2011 30/30 Club?

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