Conforto records a 30+ doubles and 30+ home run season
The 30/30 club within the Mets franchise is a small one. Only eleven Mets in franchise history have reached 30+ doubles and 30+ home runs in the same season. Those players consist of some expected names and some surprising names. The eleven men to reach this milestone are:
- David Wright
- Darryl Strawberry
- Carlos Beltran
- Carlos Delgado
- Howard Johnson
- Pete Alonso
- Robin Ventura
- Todd Hundley
- Bernard Gilkey
- Mike Cameron
- Lenny Dykstra
That’s it. That’s the list that in 2021 Michael Conforto will join. He came close in 2019, coming one double shy of entering the club. Conforto has the offensive ability to be a perennial member of this club because he spreads the ball all over the field and has true line-to-line power.
However, just because a player is talented doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to join this club. Nothing against some of the guys on the list but it can be kind of a fluke to make it or not make it. Mike Cameron did it once in his entire career and it was with the Mets in 2004 when he hits exactly 30 doubles and 30 home runs. Adversely, Mike Piazza, one of the best offensive players the Mets have ever had, never achieved this milestone in the eight years he was in Queens.
Conforto is different, however. As previously mentioned, the Mets lineup in 2021 has so much protection in it and they may not even be done adding bats and the DH in the National League is not official yet. The protection allows Conforto to get good pitches to hit which will allow him to drive the ball.
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2021 will be a big season for Michael Conforto and if he achieves these goals, he will finally get the respect he deserves as one of the best outfielders in the National League.