The 40-40 club. Barry Bonds. Alex Rodriguez. Jose Canseco. Alfonso Soriano.
Brian Dozier? It could happen.
Just two months into the young 2014 baseball season, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has flown completely under the radar, and is well on his way to becoming the first member of MLB’s 40 home run- 40 stolen base club since Alfonso Soriano in 2006.
With 11 homers and 12 steals in just 45 games, Dozier is set to destroy his 2013 totals, which were 18 and 14 respectively. If Dozier continues on this pace, he’ll land at 39 home runs and 42 steals, well within reach of joining the prestigious 40-40 club.
The season has been a pleasant surprise for the Twins, who are managing to stay afloat, in large part to Dozier’s breakout season. In addition to his outstanding power and speed numbers, Dozier has reached base at a .370 clip.
It’s worth noting that three of the four current members of the 40-40 club—Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, and Jose Canseco—have admitted, were heavily accused of, or suspended due to steroid use. Only the most recent winner, Alfonso Soriano, hasn’t.
The 27- year old Dozier is in his third season with the Twins.