Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. has made Major League Baseball history.
On Thursday (April 4), he started in the leadoff spot in right field against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. He went 1-for-4 with a home run, a run scored, and a stolen base in Atlanta’s 4-2 victory.
In that game, Acuña Jr. reached 40 stolen bases. He led off the first inning with a grounder to center field, but immediately followed it up with a single to right field in his second at-bat with the bases loaded in the third. After being left on base, Akuna Jr. stole second base in the next at-bat against Aji Alvis. It was his 40th stolen base of the season. He didn’t score again in the game, but it was a day to remember for Akuna Jr.
He became the first player in Major League Baseball’s 120-year history to reach 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 50 RBI before the All-Star break. In 84 games this season, Aquino Jr. has 21 home runs, 40 doubles, and 54 RBIs.
MLB.com, 메이저토토사이트 the official website of Major League Baseball, highlighted the performance by saying, “Acuna Jr. has made history once again. “Given that the All-Star break doesn’t start at exactly the same time every season, Acuna Jr. is the first player to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 40 bases,” the site said. Previously, players with 40 stolen bases and double-digit home runs in a team’s first 84 games include Rickey Henderson (1985-1986-1990), Eric Davis (1986) and Kenny Rochten (1994).
There were some close calls during the game. Akuña Jr. attempted a head-first slide to second base because he was experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. However, after a lengthy discussion with the coaching staff, he continued to play and even scored a run, allaying any concerns.
Acuña Jr. is having an incredible year. He continues to make Major League Baseball history with every game he plays. If he keeps up the pace, he could win his first MVP award.