When you talk about the 30/30 or 20/20 club in baseball, it usually refers to players with 30+ home runs & 30+ stolen bases and 20+ home runs & 20+ stolen bases in the same season. After a thrilling end to the regular season, here’s a review of the 2011 30/30 & 20/20 club members.
The combination of power and speed over the course of the regular season is a great milestone to reach as a player and a strong individual accomplishment for any fantasy team. If you were lucky enough to win your league, most likely one or more of the following players were on your team.
Special props to the (4) fantasy MVP’s of the year – Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler, and Jacoby Ellsbury for reaching the 30/30 club. Unless you were living under a rock, Kemp, Braun and Ellsbury were clearly raking all year long as they batted well over .300 for their teams.
All four of these gentlemen are talented and young enough to reach 20/20 next year with an outside chance of a repeat performance.
Here are the 20/20 hitters on the 2011 season.
This year there were a total of 12 members who reached the 20/20 club, which includes the 30/30 guys. It’s interesting to see how only 5 of the 12 players’ teams made the playoffs; however, 9 of the 12 were on winning teams.
Justin Upton and B.J. Upton were the 1st set of brothers to reach 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. Jason Werth and Ben Zobrist were each one stolen base short of reaching 20/20. There were only 2 repeat performers from last year: Carlos Gonzalez & Chris Young.
There were 7 members of the 20/20 club in 2010. Obviously, Hanley Rameriz & Shin-Soo Choo sustained injuries that limited their performance. Bobby Abreu lost his wheels even though he had 12 straight prior seasons of 20+ stolen bases. Alex Rios ended up with only 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases while Drew Stubbs hit 15 home runs and stole 40 bases. Drew Stubbs has the chance to easily make the club again next year.
As the 2012 fantasy baseball season is down the block and around the corner, look forward to seeing MSF’s fantasy baseball draft kit where we will provide a list of possible repeat performers in 2012, familar faces re-appearing, and new members who will reach this milestone.
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