Acuña Absurd: Braves superstar becomes first ever with 40 homer, 70 steals in season Ronald Acuña Jr. made baseball history on Wednesday Acuña avoids Dansby Swanson’s tag and steals his 70th base in 2023.
Lapresse Ronald Acuña Jr. became the first player in the long, long history of Major League Baseball to hit 40 home runs and steal 70 in the same season on Wednesday, setting a new high for what a righty can accomplish with a combination of power and power. . speed Acuña hit a pivotal home run in the Atlanta Braves’ 6–5 win over the Chicago Cubs at Truist Park to give NL East champion Atlanta its 102nd win of the 2023 season.
History, the Ronald way Acuña owned the 10th inning of Wednesday’s game. He drove a single to right in the bottom half of the tying inning, tying the game at 5-5. On the first pitch to the next batter, second baseman Ozzie Albies, Acuña advanced to second and slid safely before the throw.
We’re going to talk about this moment throughout baseball history. Acuña then took a base out and held it up before hitting home plate on Albies’ game-winning single, a big blow for the Cubs, who are chasing a National League playoff spot and tied the game. Miami Marlins for the third and final wild card spot.
Ronald stealing base number 70 and taking it as a trophy in the 10th while the Cubs are fighting for their playoff lives is a very funny combination of moods. From Atlanta’s perspective, a thrilling comeback against Chicago keeps alive hopes of a season-high 106 wins. The Braves are now all but certain to tie MLB’s best record, with their next win being the 103rd to advance the World Series at home.
Fans of Acuña hugged him on the field in Denver! Acuña probably saved his best for last in 2023. He led the Braves into September, hitting 11 home runs in the month — more than any other month this season — and recording almost as many walks (eight) as he has strikeouts (nine). Atlanta was the best team in baseball for most of the regular season.
The Braves have everything to play for in October as they seek their second World Series title in three years, and will be disappointed to miss out on another Commissioner’s Trophy. But Acuña has another prize at stake and it’s probably his — the National League MVP award, an award for his exceptional season.
More than 20,000 players have appeared in the major leagues. Braves Ronald Acuña Junior is the only player with 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases