A steal of second base in the second inning of last night’s game was historic for Carlos Beltran. It was his 300th career stolen base, making him the first switch-hitter in major league history to have that many stolen bases and 300 career home runs.
There are seven others who have reached the 300/300 level: Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, Steve Finley, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Sanders.
As Mike Still of Cardinals.com noted, it was fitting that history was made against the Royals:
It was a special moment for Beltran to achieve such a milestone against the team he began his career with.
“It is crazy, but at the same time, things happen for a reason,” Beltran said. “So I can say it was good to play them today, even though we lost. For me, personally, I started my career as a Royal, I spent 6 1/2 years there, so I have good memories there in Kansas City.”
The Cardinals lost last night’s game 3-2, and take on the Royals again this afternoon at 1:15 p.m. Joe Kelly will make his second major league start, while Bruce Chen goes for Kansas City.
Thanks to Tara for the photo!