One of the most exclusive clubs in sports, only four players have hammered 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases: Alfonso Soriano (2006), Alex Rodriguez (1998), Barry Bonds (1996) and Jose Canseco (1988).
“To reach the 40-40 club, that’d be a lot better (than 30-30, his stated goal),” Acuna said via team interpreter Franco Garcia. “But right now the goal stays at 30-30.”
Acuna, only the sixth Brave to notch 25-25, will need a couple of runs to make history. He’s stolen one base in his past six contests, but he’s more than capable of replicating something similar to his mid-July streak, when he swiped 10 bases in 11 games.
Homer-wise, Acuna is well-known for his tears. This weekend would be a logical time to begin a new one: The Braves head to Miami for four games beginning Thursday. Acuna has hit .322 with 11 homers and 27 RBIs in 30 games against the Marlins.