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José Ramírez joins 30-30 club

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With a first-inning stolen base against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, Indians third baseman José Ramírez joined the 30-30 club. He is the first player to join the club this season and is, in fact, the first 30-30 player since the Angels’ Mike Trout had 49 steals and 30 homers in 2012. Ramírez is the third Indian with a 30-30 season, joining Joe Carter (1987) and Grady Sizemore (2008).

Mookie Betts (29 HR, 27 SB), Trevor Story (31 HR, 25 SB), Francisco Lindor (33 HR, 23 SB), Trout (33 HR, 22 SB), and Javier Báez (30 HR, 21 SB) are all close to joining the 30-30 club with Ramírez this season. There have been 61 total 30-30 seasons since 1871, according to Baseball Reference. 24 of them have come since 2000. We hadn’t seen a 20-20 season in five years because teams aren’t attempting steals the way they used to. In 2012, all 30 teams combined for 3,229 stolen bases. Last year, they combined for 2,527.

Ramírez finished 0-for-4 in the Indians’ 6-2 loss to the Jays on Sunday. On the season, he’s batting .282/.395/.574 with 37 home runs, 97 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases in 620 plate appearances. Ramírez will certainly be in the discussion for the AL MVP Award.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.