The youngster, Julio Rodriguez, is a jewel for the Seattle Mariners. The outfielder, who is 21 years old, is expected to anchor Seattle’s franchise in the years to come. The Mariners are also about to play in the MLB playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years now that Rodriguez has joined the team. But before that, Julio Rodriguez made history by accomplishing a feat that no other player in Major League Baseball has ever done.
According to FOX Sports, Julio Rodriguez just made major league history by being the first player to ever have 25 home runs and 25 steals in the same season.
When Julio Rodriguez stole second base in the bottom of the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s home game against the San Diego Padres, he was successful in accomplishing his goal. He had 25 home runs, 24 stolen bases, and a slash line of.277/.339/.492 when he entered that game. With a shot that travelled 385 feet in the first inning of the game, Rodriguez even increased the number of home runs on his career list.
The Mariners have been able to stay in the mix in the American League’s wild-card chase because of Rodriguez’s impressive rookie campaign. Even though the Houston Astros have a sizable lead with a few weeks left in the regular season and the Mariners are essentially out of the running for the American League West division title, Julio Rodriguez and the club are on track to qualify for the postseason as a wild-card team.
The Mariners last appeared in the MLB playoffs in 2001, a year in which Julio Rodriguez had yet to turn one.