Choo Shin-soo of the Cincinnati Reds set a new statistical record in Major League Baseball on Monday in a home game against the New York Mets.
Two more stolen bases means he now has at least 20 homeruns, 20 stolen bases, 100 runs and 100 walks this season. It is the third time he has joined the so-called 20-20 club, after previously doing so in 2009 and 2010. He currently has 21 homeruns, 20 stolen bases, 105 runs and 109 walks.
Choo produced a game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th by hitting a single against leftie Sean Henn. Before his decisive strike, the game was tied at 2-2 with one out and runners on first and third.
With Monday's 3-2 victory, the Reds secured a berth in the wildcard race, meaning Choo will have his first taste of the post-season.
Local media, including MLB.com, praised his performance, which included three hits in six at-bats, including two RBIs.
Only 11 other players have achieved 20-20-100-100 seasons since the American and National Leagues were created in 1901, some on multiple occasions.
Examples include Barry Bonds, who racked up an unmatched 762 homeruns and 514 stolen bases in his 22-season MLB career, and Rickey Henderson, who recorded 1,406 career stolen bases, the most in MLB history.
This season, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, is the only other player to achieve the feat.
Now Choo is hoping he can help steer the team through the wildcard game to advance to the Division series. Those who make it through this stage then progress to the League Championship series, and finally the World Series.
Choo will become a free agent at the end of this season. As he has proven to be one of the best leadoff hitters in MLB, he is expected to attract a lot of attention when his contract expires. Rumor has it that the Reds, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals and New York Metz are all interested in him. If Choo can impress again in the post-season, his value will likely soar.