Ryan Braun has 30-30 season within reach

Ryan Braun (24 home runs, 28 stolen bases) could become only the second player in franchise history to join the 30-30 club.

The 30-30 club is nothing to scoff at. It’s an elite grouping of players who possess the talent to both bash the ball over the bleachers as well as swipe steals with blazing speed. The 30-30 club has seen its members increase over time, and 34 players have reached the plateau for a total of 54 magical seasons. Since 2000, there have been sixteen 30-30 seasons, however no one accomplished the feat last year.¬†Smacking 30 home runs and stealing 30 bases in the same season is something that no Milwaukee Brewer has done since 1970 — when Tommy Harper hit 31 homers to go along with 38 stolen bases. Seven years before Harper, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves crushed 44 homers while stealing 31 bags. Yet that’s where the story ends for the city of Milwaukee. 2011 promises to be different. Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun is looking to become the second Brewer to complete the statistical sensation. Braun currently has 24 home runs and 28 stolen bases and is on pace for 31-35.

Here are the players who have a chance of joining the 30-30 club this season:

Ryan Braun, LF, Brewers: 24 HR, 28 SB

Matt Kemp, CF, Dodgers: 29 HR, 33 SB

Curtis Granderson, CF, Yankees: 35 HR, 24 SB

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Red Sox: 22 HR, 34 SB

Justin Upton, RF, Diamondbacks: 25 HR, 19 SB

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers: 21 HR, 21 SB

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