September 25, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Braves With 20-20 Seasons


With his stolen base last night, Jason Heyward became the first 20-20 Brave since 2000 and the tenth in franchise history.  Here are all such seasons:

Player OPS+ HR SB Year ▾ Age G PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Jason Heyward 119 27 20 2012 22 152 628 .271 .338 .487 .825
Andruw Jones 126 36 21 2000 23 161 729 .303 .366 .541 .907
Chipper Jones 169 45 25 1999 27 157 701 .319 .441 .633 1.074
Andruw Jones 114 26 24 1999 22 162 679 .275 .365 .483 .848
Andruw Jones 116 31 27 1998 21 159 631 .271 .321 .515 .836
Chipper Jones 119 21 20 1997 25 157 679 .295 .371 .479 .850
Marquis Grissom 114 23 28 1996 29 158 723 .308 .349 .489 .838
Ron Gant 126 36 26 1993 28 157 682 .274 .345 .510 .854
Ron Gant 127 32 34 1991 26 154 642 .251 .338 .496 .834
Ron Gant 139 32 33 1990 25 152 631 .303 .357 .539 .896
Lonnie Smith 168 21 25 1989 33 134 577 .315 .415 .533 .948
Dale Murphy 149 36 30 1983 27 162 687 .302 .393 .540 .933
Dale Murphy 142 36 23 1982 26 162 698 .281 .378 .507 .885
Dusty Baker 117 21 24 1973 24 159 686 .288 .359 .454 .813
Hank Aaron 153 29 28 1968 34 160 676 .287 .354 .498 .852
Hank Aaron 142 44 21 1966 32 158 688 .279 .356 .539 .895
Hank Aaron 161 32 24 1965 31 150 639 .318 .379 .560 .938
Hank Aaron 153 24 22 1964 30 145 634 .328 .393 .514 .907
Hank Aaron 179 44 31 1963 29 161 714 .319 .391 .586 .977
Hank Aaron 163 34 21 1961 27 155 671 .327 .381 .594 .974
Earl Torgeson 124 24 20 1951 27 155 690 .263 .375 .437 .812
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/27/2012.

As you can see, Heyward has not been tremendously dominant this season, as his 119 OPS+ is near the bottom of the list.  The slashline is very reminiscent of an Gant season, okay average, average amount of walks, and good power.  Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season is among the most under-rated seasons in recent history, while it’s odd to think back to Dusty stealing 20 bases in a season.  Oh, and that Aaron guy was pretty good too…


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  • Lee Trocinski

    While there is more than just power and speed that factor into success, the only season listed above below 3.5 WAR is Gant’s ’91 season, marred by a -27 defensive rating in CF. Power helps BABIP, speed helps defense, and all of these players had plenty of talent.