Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran becomes first to reach switch-hitting milestone

Saturday June 16th, 2012

It seems hard to believe, but with a stolen base in the second inning of Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran became the first switch-hitter in major league history to reach 300 home runs and 300 steals.

It was Beltran's seventh steal of the season. He has a league-leading 19 home runs in this year and 321 for his career. Incredibly, there are only nine switch hitters who have 300 career home runs, and of those nine only four others might be considered base-stealing threats. Mickey Mantle had just 153 career steals; Chipper Jones, Reggie Smith and Ruben Sierra were threats early in their careers but stalled at fewer than 150 career steals. (The still-active Jones has 149.)

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