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Rollins Moves Up On Another List

Jimmy Rollins Moves Up On Another List

Rollins Moves Up On Another List

(David J. Phillip/AP)
(David J. Phillip/AP)

When Jimmy Rollins stole his 30th base of the season Sunday (left), he joined the 30 SB/20 HR club for the fourth time.

Only two players in baseball history (who coincidentally have the same last name) have had more than four 20/30 seasons. Rollins is one of eight with exactly four:

 Player  Yrs.  Seasons
 Bobby Bonds  9  1969, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79 
 Barry Bonds  7  1987, 90, 91, 92, 95, 96, 97
 Jimmy Rollins  4  2006, 07, 09, 12
 Alfonso Soriano  4  2002, 03, 05, 06
 Carlos Beltran  4  2001, 02, 03, 04
 Bobby Abreu  4  2001, 02, 04, 05
 Howard Johnson  4  1987, 89, 90, 91
 Eric Davis  4  1986, 87, 88, 93
 Rickey Henderson  4  1985, 86, 90, 93
 Joe Morgan  4  1973, 74, 76, 77
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