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The 40-40 club is a term coined by sportswriters to distinguish Major League Baseball players who accumulate a total of both 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.

Becoming a member of the 40-40 club is an elusive achievement in modern American baseball, as players who possess either the power to hit 40 home runs or the speed to steal 40 bases in a season are themselves rare. This remains true even as statistical trends change in baseball — stolen base totals in the 1980s were unusually high, but very few players reached 40 home runs; home run totals were extremely high in the late 1990s, but stolen bases became more rare as the steal was a sparingly used tactic.

Only four players in history have achieved the requisite numbers for the 40-40 club, and none have done so more than once.


Year Player Team HR SB
1988 Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics 42 40
1996 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 42 40
1998 Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners 42 46
2006 Alfonso Soriano Washington Nationals 46 41

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