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The 30–30 club is a grouping of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases 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 nominal measurements usually isolated from one another. Power, in this case, is measured through the number of home runs hit during a season. Speed is measured through the number of bases stolen in that same season. For example, a slugging first baseman, such as Prince Fielder, would not usually accumulate many stolen bases. Likewise, a speedy center fielder, such as Juan Pierre, may be more adept at stealing bases, but may not supply much power. Thus, while a number of players may be able to either steal 30 bases or hit 30 home runs, doing both is a rarity.

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Trends and breakdown

Club membership has steadily increased since the 1970s. Ken Williams was the first player to reach the mark 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 two in the 1960s; five in the 1970s, four of them by Bobby Bonds; seven in the 1980s, then 20 in the 1990s, five by Barry Bonds. So far there have been 16 instances since 2000, and there has been at least one 30–30 player every year since 1987, except for the strike-shortened season of 1994, when the feat would have been much more difficult due to the cancellation of a quarter of the season.

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, Grady Sizemore, Preston Wilson, and Carlos Beltrán. The remaining breakdown is as follows: first basemen (2) Joe Carter and Jeff Bagwell; second basemen (3) Alfonso Soriano, Brandon Phillips, and Ian Kinsler; shortstops (4) (Barry Larkin, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmy Rollins, and Hanley Ramírez; third basemen (3) David Wright, Tommy Harper, and Howard Johnson. Soriano did it before he moved to his current position of left field. Meanwhile, outfielders Tommy Harper (once) and Ron Gant (twice) had previously played second base earlier in their careers.

There has not been a 30–30 season recorded by a player who predominately plays catcher or pitcher, with the closest being Iván Rodríguez, a catcher who hit 35 home runs and stole 25 bases in 1999, when he was named the American League Most Valuable Player.

There have been fifty-four 30–30 seasons by 34 different players. Barry and Bobby Bonds account for 10 of those seasons.

There have been three seasons in which four separate players recorded 30–30 seasons: In 1987 Joe Carter, Eric Davis, Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry; in 1996 Dante Bichette, Barry Bonds, Ellis Burks and Barry Larkin). The last occurrence was in 1997, by Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Raúl Mondesí and Larry Walker.

The last time a player did not record a 30–30 season was during the aforementioned season of 1994. The closest player was Barry Bonds, who finished with 37 home runs and 29 stolen bases (112 games), while Sammy Sosa had a shot with 25 home runs and 22 steals (105 games). During the shortened 1981 season, Andre Dawson finished with 24 home runs and 26 steals in 103 games. The last full season without a 30–30 player was 1986.

The players with the most 30–30 seasons are Bobby Bonds and his son Barry with five each. The only other players with more than two are Alfonso Soriano (4) and Howard Johnson (3). There are seven players with two 30–30 seasons: Willie Mays, Ron Gant, Sammy Sosa, Jeff Bagwell, Raúl Mondesí, Vladimir Guerrero and Bobby Abreu.

The rarer 30–40 season has been repeated only by Bobby Bonds (4), Barry Bonds (2) and Alfonso Soriano (2); the 40–30 season only by Barry Bonds (2) and Jeff Bagwell (2), and only Barry Bonds and Soriano have had at least one 40–30 and one 30–40 season. There have been only two 30–50 seasons, by Eric Davis and Barry Bonds, and no 50–30 seasons. However, the 30–30 season has only been accomplished by two players on the same team during the same season twice: by Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry for the 1987 New York Mets, and by Ellis Burks and Dante Bichette for the 1996 Colorado Rockies.

For more elite seasons, see the 40-40 club.

30–30 seasons

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 33 36
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
Raúl Mondesí 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
Raúl Mondesí (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
David Wright New York Mets 2007 30 34
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies 2007 30 41
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 2007 30 32
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians 2008 33 38
Hanley Ramírez Florida Marlins 2008 33 35
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2009 31 30

20–20 season

A 20–20 season (20 home runs and 20 stolen bases) is also of note; however, it is much more common. A 20–20 season is usually noticed on a local level by sports writers or team officials, especially if the player is a second baseman or catcher. The only 20–20 season by a catcher was achieved by Iván Rodríguez in 1999 with 35 home runs and 25 stolen bases; Russell Martin has been discussed as a potential 20–20 catcher, with 19 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 2007. The oldest 20–20 player when he accomplished the feat, at 38-years-224-days, was Paul O'Neill in 2001, with 21 home runs and 22 stolen bases. Gary Sheffield, who turned 39 in November 2007, broke this record with 25 home runs and 22 stolen bases for the 2007 season.[1]

Nightclub

There is a nightclub in Manhattan, New York with the name "Club 30–30", however this name is presumed to be based on the address (which is 30–30), and not the grouping of baseball players. Jay-Z owns a nightclub named The 40/40 Club, also located in Manhattan. The name is based on the 40-40 club, implying a sense of prestige and exclusiveness [1].

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