The Outfielder’s Surprising and Superlative Breakout Season Cedric Mullins now it is also historical. It wasn’t until this Friday that an Orioles player hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases in the same seasona, over 67 years of baseball from O’s in Baltimore. In that sense, Mullins is now alone.
He earned the distinction on Friday with his three-run homer off Rangers right-hander Spencer Howard on the second roll, tying something like a bow in a season that is sure to give the All-Star center fielder some love for the game. Most Valuable Player in the awards voting:
Mullins is the 43rd player in MLB history to record a 30-30 season, and the first since Christian Yelich and Ronald Acuña Jr. accomplished the feat in 2019. The last American League players to do so were Mookie. Betts and José Ramírez in 2018.
Mullins now has exactly 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases with eight games to play, along with 173 hits, 36 doubles, five triples, a .900 north OPS and 10 outs above average. He had 29 home runs since Sept. 11, an 11-game span, and entered the game on Friday fourth among American League players in fWAR, at 5.6.
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In short, it has been a dazzling campaign for Mullins despite the Orioles’ struggles as a team, during which he emerged as a centerpiece of their long-term rebuilding efforts. He is also the first player in franchise history to go 30-30 in nearly a century, since Ken Williams for the St. Louis Browns in 1922.