Friday, August 26, 2011
Updated: August 27, 5:50 PM ET
Matt Kemp reaches 30/30
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp became the first major league player in two years to reach the 30-home run/30-stolen base plateau when he homered over the center-field wall off Colorado Rockies reliever Matt Reynolds in the seventh inning on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Kemp also became just the second player in Dodgers franchise history to do it, joining former outfielder Raul Mondesi, who went 30/30 in both 1997 and 1999. But Kemp did it in far fewer games than Mondesi did, reaching the 30/30 mark in the Dodgers' 130th game of the season. Mondesi took 160 games to get there in '97 and 147 games in '99.
"This is something I worked hard for in the offseason," Kemp said. "Raul Mondesi was a great Dodger, and that is a big part of this. It's pretty special. To do it here at home, that makes it more special."
Kemp is the first major leaguer to go 30/30 since Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler did it in 1999, hitting 31 homers and stealing 31 bases. Kemp presently has 33 steals this season, giving him an outside shot of becoming just the fifth player in major league history to reach the 40/40 mark. To do so, he needs 10 home runs and seven steals in the Dodgers' final 32 games.
"We'll see," he said. "I can hit 10 homers in a month."
The only members of baseball's 40/40 club are Oakland's Jose Canseco (1988), San Francisco's Barry Bonds (1996), Seattle's Alex Rodriguez (1998) and Washington's Alfonso Soriano (2006). Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero hit 39 homers and stole 40 bases in 2002.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.