2023 MLB Colorado Rockies’ visit game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado

Acuña Jr., who had 28 home runs and 59 steals this season before the game, added steals on the same day to reach the 20-60th base.

In MLB history, only four players have achieved 20 home runs and 60 steals in a season, including Acuña Jr.

Ricky Henderson (64) achieved three times (1985, 1986, 1990), Joe Morganie (1973, 1976), and Eric Davis (1986).

The latest record was set by Henderson in 1990, and Acuña Jr. set a milestone in 33 years.

Acuña Jr. also challenges the record of 30 home runs and 60 steals.

If he hits a single home run in the remaining games, he will set the MLB record for the first time.

In MLB history, no one has set 30 home runs and 60 stolen bases in a season.

Acuña Jr., who made his big league debut in Atlanta in 2018, quickly became a star with a batting average of 0.293, 26 home runs, and 16 steals that year, and has since succeeded in double-digit home runs and double-digit steals without missing a single season.

This season, he is considered a strong candidate for the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) with a batting average of 0.35, 29 home runs, 79 RBIs, and 61 steals.

Experts say Acuña Jr. can even win the unanimous MVP.

Acuña Jr. got on base with a walk in the third inning, trailing 0-1, and hit a two-run home run over the right-center wall in the top of the fifth inning with no outs and runners on first base when he faced 2-2.

In the seventh inning with a 5-4 lead, he stole the second base after hitting a left-center hit, stepped on the 60th base, and added a steal after hitting a right-handed hit in the eighth inning.

In the ninth inning with one out and a full base, he celebrated the milestone by hitting a timely double on the left-field line.

Atlanta defeated Colorado 14-4 with Acuña Jr.’s performance.


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