MLB history: The eclectic 300-300 club

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1967: Outfielder Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the New York Mets during an Major League Baseball game circa 1967 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City. Mays played for the Giants from 1951-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Carlos Beltran

These days, Carlos Beltran is remembered more for his role in the AstroGate scandal than he is for his time on the diamond. But he was one of the best all around players of his time.

The eighth and final member of the 300-300 club, Beltran served immediate notice that he was going to be a star as he posted a 20-20 season as a rookie. In 2004, he narrowly missed joining the 40-40 club, finishing two homers short. While he never came close again, Beltran continued to be a solid power-speed threat for years to come.

His 300th homer occurred on September 14, 2011. Beltran had already homered in the first inning, sending Mat Latos’ offering down the right field line for his 299th career home run. With one out in the sixth inning, Beltran took advantage of Latos again, sending his 0-2 pitch deep to right to reach that milestone.

Beltran notched his 300th steal less than a year later. While he was not the speedster he once was at that point, he was still able to run a bit, stealing 13 bases in 2012. On June 15 that season, Beltran led off the bottom of the second with a base hit to right against the Royals’ Vin Mazzaro, swiping second when Yadier Molina struck out for the second out of the inning. He did not get to celebrate the milestone for long, as Mazzaro promptly picked him off at second to end the inning.

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At some point, there will be another player to join the 300-300 club. For now, Carlos Beltran holds the distinction of being the last player to reach that elite group.