Pure awesomeness from Baseball Reference on Twitter tonight.

Mike Trout, with one more double and triple, will become only the 11th player in baseball history to put together the rare 10-20-30-40 combination. He would actually be the first ever to do it the Trout way:

10 triples

20 homers

30 stolen bases

40 doubles.

Here are the other combinations:

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**10 homers, 20 triples, 30 doubles, 40 stolen bases:**

**(Doubles and stolen bases are interchangeable on this list)**

Home Run Baker in 1912. He hit 10 homers, 21 triples, 40 doubles and stole 41 bases.

Kiki Cuyler in 1925. He hit 19 homers, 26 triples, 43 doubles and stole 41 bases.

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**10 homers, 20 triples, 30 doubles, 40 stolen bases:**

Jack Stenzel, 1884: He hit 13 homers, 20 triples, 39 doubles, 61 steals.

Harry Stovey, 1891: He hit 16 homers, 21 triples, 31 doubles, 57 steals.

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**10 triples, 20 stolen bases, 30 homers, 40 doubles:**

Nomar Garciaparra, 1997: He hit 11 triples, stole 22 bases, hit 30 homers and 44 doubles.

Chuck Klein, 1932. He hit 15 triples, stole 20 bases, hit 38 homers and 50 doubles.

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**10 triples, 20 homers, 30 doubles, 40 stolen bases:**

Jimmy Rollins, 2006: He hit 20 triples, 30 homers, 38 doubles and stole 41 bases.

Bobby Bonds, 1970: He hit 10 triples, 26 homers, 36 doubles and stole 48 bases.

Lou Brock in 1967: He hit 12 triples, 21 homers, 32 doubles and stole 52 bases.

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**10 stolen bases, 20 triples, 30 homers, 40 doubles:**

Jim Bottomley in 1928 stole 10 bases, hit 20 triples, 31 homers, 42 doubles.

Now Follow Baseball Reference. Baseball Reference said figuring this was a PITA — and I believe him because I was trying to beat him to the finish line. Whew. But what fun.

Awesome!

And if hitting for the batting triple crown can get somebody an MVP, then Trout should at least get some extra MVP votes for a 10-20-30-40 that he wouldn’t have gotten before. I hope. Cuz he should.

Hmm… I would’ve waited until Trout actually hit the 10th triple before celebrating. Indeed, the probability is that he won’t: (162 games) / (151 games the Angels have played) * (9 triples) = 9.7 triples.

I’m underwhelmed by this club anyway. And I love triples! Grumble grumble get off my lawn.

Lots of HoFers on that list:

HR Baker, Cuyler, Klein, Brock, Bottomley.

That’s a 50% rate (60% if you include Bonds, who clearly put up HoF numbers).

And the other 4 (Nomar, Rollins, Stenzel and Stovey) were no slouches. I would say 10 out of 10 players in this club had really, really good careers.

This list is sort of like the one Joe came up with regarding HR’s hit before age 20, and the top 10 on that list was filled with HoFers, and the ones that weren’t were Griffey Jr, ARod and Tony Conigliaro. As far as I know, Mike Trout is the only player on that list AND the 10-20-30-40 list.

This bodes well for Trout.

Um, that’s Bobby Bonds on the list…

Oh, oops, Bobby Bonds, then. Okay, well 5 HoFers and 5 guys who had really, really good careers (Bonds – .268/.353/.471, 129 OPS+ with 332 HRs, 461 SBs and 1886 hits over 14 season).

Fun stuff, but these “combo stats” are ultimately arbitrary and meaningless. It’s the same genre of drivel which will fill the post-season broadcasts: “So-and-so is the first player to hit three doubles and a homer in a post-season game at night on astroturf on a Sunday off a left-handed pitcher.” I can hear Tim McCarver droning about it now.

Just like the Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown does mean “more than anybody else.” Which I think we can all agree is less arbitrary than an accident (or artifact) of using the decimal system.

To expand a bit on Frank’s point…This is a list where you can actually be a BETTER player by NOT making it. If all 10 of Trout’s triples (assuming he gets one more this season) were actually homers, he wouldn’t make this list. Are the Angels better off with Trout hitting 10 triples and 20-plus homers than with him hitting no triples and 30-plus homers? Of course they aren’t. They’d rather the triples were homers–but then there’s no list.

Alfonso Soriano in 2006 had 41 doubles, 46 homers, 40 SBs. He wouldn’t make this list. That’s 82 + 184 = 266 total bases on extra-base hits. At the moment TRout has 39 doubles, 9 triples, 25 homers, which is 80 + 30 + 100 = 210 total bases on these hits if we award him an extra double and an extra triple. That’s a pretty big difference. But Soriano isn’t on this list.

It’s a fun list. But it isn’t much more than that.

Thanks, PDS. That’s the point on both of your posts.

Ed – Joe’s combo-stat is more like hitting for the cycle. It’s fun to follow the course of a game where someone is on track for it, but a 4-HR game is better for your team.