On Sunday night Desmond stole two bases in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins, giving him 21 on the year. That makes him just one of eight players this season to hit both 20 home runs and steal 20 bases, and two of them (Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen) are MVP candidates.
That’s rare company. But given this is Desmond’s second season reaching those marks, he now holds an even rarer place among shortstops in MLB history. Desmond is one of just seven shortstops all time to have two 20-20 years in their career, and the list of names is quite impressive.