Is 400/400 the New 300/300???

Has baseball’s 300/300 club lost it’s luster?  In 2006, just 10 days apart from one another, this extremely rare club added 2 new members: Steve Finley and Reggie Sanders.  The club had grown by 50% in a matter of weeks and although there are only 6 players in baseball history  that have achieved this incredible accomplishment I have to wonder if the brilliance of this feat has been reduced?

Don’t get me wrong, Finley and Sanders are wonderful players that contributed to their teams with both power and smart base running.  This is a rare kind of player, and when mentioned alongside the other members they tend to stand out(not in a good way).  Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson…  and oh yeah, Steve Finley and Reggie Sanders.  By adding a 2-time All-Star and 1-time All-Star to this group of current Hall of Famers and sure to be future Hall of Famers(Dawson & Bonds) just doesn’t sit well with me.  Players like Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron are closing in on joining the 300/300 club too and again they just don’t fit in with the original 4 members in my eyes.

Amazingly enough, the 4 original members of this club are also in the 400/400 club.  This is a true testament to their ability to display the perfect combination of power and speed throughout their careers. 

So, now I ask the question is 400/400 the new 300/300?  You always hear that 50 is the new 30, and 60 is the new 40 so I am throwing that into the world of baseball as I believe 400/400 is the new pinnacle for the perfect match of power, speed, and durability.  I don’t want to take anything away from Finley or Sanders, but I also wouldn’t want to diminish these other 4 baseball superstar’s accomplishments either. 

And now I have to wonder who may be next to join them.  There is a handful of talented players out there that could come close, but this 400/400 goal also shows that a player is able to stay healthy and committed to the game.

In my eyes, there is only 1 player that may be able to join this newly crowned elite 400/400 club in the next 10 years.  Ladies and Gentleman, I give you 6-time All-Star Alfonso Soriano.

As of games played through August 17, 2008, Soriano has 263 career home runs and 241 career stolen bases.  If he is able to maintain his health, which is questionable, and continues to average the stats he has compiled in his first 9 years as a professional baseball player, we may be seeing history made again in 6-7 years.

5 responses to “Is 400/400 the New 300/300???

  1. I never viewed 300/300 as that big of a deal in the first place. Everything was always about 400/400. So to your answer your question, 400/400 is still a big deal and 300/300 isn’t so much. I didn’t even know we added members so it’s obviously not too big of a deal.

  2. Only Barry Bonds is in the 400/400 club. He is also the only member of the 500/500 club. The rest of those goes are only in 300/300. They must have over 400 in both homeruns and stolen bases.

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  4. The thing that I really don’t get about the original post… why would you pick Soriano to be the answer to the question:

    “Who is the one player in your mind who could join Bonds in the 400/400 club?”

    As of the end of the 2008 season, Soriano had 270 HR and 248 SB. 2008 would mark the second consecutive season in which he finished with less than 20 SB following his 40/40 season in 2006 with the Nationals.

    By contrast, at the end of the 2008 season, ARod (who is only six months older than Soriano) had 553 HR and 283 SB.

    For the record, Soriano has 314 HR and 262 SB as of the completion of the 2010 season. Given that 2006 was an obvious aberration (both in SB and OBP), it’s a near certainty that Soriano won’t gain membership into the 300/300 club, let alone 400/400.

    300/300, even with Dawson, Sanders and Finley as members, is still an incredible feat for a career. To think otherwise would require a complete misunderstanding of the game of baseball.

    • OP, you make some excellent points and two years later I agree that Soriano will not come close to 400/400. But if you don’t think that he will capture 38 more stolen bases to hit 300, then you don’t know him at all. His ego and desire to be a superstar will push him to 300 swipes and beyond. This will put him into an elite class of player, probably the last time he will be compared to some of the sport’s greatest stars.

      Thank you for sharing your opinion – very well said by you.

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