If you missed last night, you missed a memorable one for Braves fans. Five of the first ten batters that came up to the plate hit a home run, two of which came off the bat of Ronald Acuña Jr, who has the opportunity to do something absolutely bonkers before the All-Star break.
On the season, Acuña now has 19 homers and 35 steals. That means he has ten games to get one home run and five steals to become the first player in the history of baseball to hit 20 homers and swipe 40 bags before the All-Star break.
Ronald Acuña Jr. is just 1 home run and 5 steals away to becoming the first player in MLB history with 20 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 50 RBI before the All-Star break.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) June 28, 2023
Acuña is now right on pace to hit 40 homers to go along with 70 steals. You read that right. Ronald Acuña Jr. doesn’t just have a chance to become the first 40/50 player in MLB history. He could go 40/70.
Acuña also set another milestone with his big Tuesday night. He is now just the second player in MLB history to have 50 RBIs and 35 steals before July since Joe Morgan.
Ronald Acuña Jr. reached 50 RBI this season with his HR in the 1st inning.
He joins Joe Morgan (1975) as the only players with 50 RBI & 35 SB before July since RBI became official in 1920. pic.twitter.com/OWcpQ3Txk8
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2023
I can’t say it enough: what we are witnessing is historic. This is one of the most talented baseball players to ever walk the face of the earth. There are no signs of him slowing down, and when we look up at the end of the season, his stat line might not compute with fans that have been watching baseball for over 20 years. Absolutely sensational, and I’m just giddy to watch him do something special night in and night out.
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