A Major League benchmark for a truly great offensive season lasted nearly a century and was the attainment of thirty home runs and thirty stolen bases.
On September 23, 1988, an all-time plateau was reached by Jose Canseco who set the new benchmark for power & speed at forty home runs and forty stolen bases during the same season. Baseball Almanac research for the elite 40-40 Club in Major League Baseball.
"That's very amazing for me, because there's a lot of players that can play this game. That's an amazing number. I'm proud of myself that I did 40-40 this year. When I slid, I saw the fans screaming. When I was safe, I said, 'I did it.' I'm so happy. I was thinking about my family. I'm glad they could see me do 40-40. I knew he threw a fastball up. At the last moment, I said, 'What happened?' I didn't see anyone catch the ball." - Alfonso Soriano on MLB.com (Bill Ladson, 09/17/2006)
American League Players Who Are Members of the 40-40-Club
National League Players Who Are Members of the 40-40-Club
In December 1999, the first ever 40-40 autograph show was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey — bring back another for fans soon please. Agree? Disagee? Who will be the fifth player in baseball history to join? Tell us on Baseball Fever .
Alex Rodriguez is the only infielder in the 40-40 Club and one of the few shortstops who ever made it into the 30-30 Club . A-Rod is also the only member of the 40-40 Club who reached 40 stolen bases before hitting 40 home runs.
Did you know that Jose Canseco won the American League Most Valuable Player Award for the season (1988) that he started this new club? By comparison, in the seasons that they became members of the 40-40 Club, Barry Bonds finished fifth in the 1996 National League MVP voting, Alex Rodriguez finished ninth in the 1998 American League MVP voting, and Alfonso Soriano finished sixth in the 2006 National League MVP voting!