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Pederson joins elite company with 30 homers, 30 steals in PCL

 

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson became the first Pacific Coast League player to record at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 80 years when he swiped a base Saturday night in Colorado Springs.

Pederson, who has 32 homers to go with his 30 steals for the Albuquerque Isotopes, is just the fourth player in PCL history to record the feat and the first since Frank Demaree did it in 1934 with the Los Angeles Angels, a team most agree was the best in PCL history.


Joc Pederson/Albuquerque Isotopes
"It's a great feeling. It shows that hard work and the process I've put in with the coaches and the Dodgers' staff is paying off in results," Pederson told Josh Jackson of MiLB.com. "You don't ever strive to do something like that at the start of the season because you don't want to limit yourself. Something that prestigious is quite a humbling, and I'm honored to do it."

Demaree hit 45 homers and stole 41 bases in 189 games for the Angels. He had played for the Chicago Cubs in parts of two previous seasons.

Lefty O'Doul, in 1927, and Tony Lazarri, in 1925, are the only other players to accomplish the feat.

Pederson hits his 30th home run last Monday night against Donovan Hand, who appeared in 30 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. He was caught stealing Tuesday and Wednesday night and was stuck at 28 before breaking through.

Pederson will join the Los Angeles Dodgers when Major League Baseball allows teams to expand their roster on Sept. 1, though Dodgers' manager Don Mattingly has said his playing time may be minimal.

"I'm not just going to throw him out there," he told reporters.

Pederson should be with the Dodgers when they play in AT&T Park against the San Francisco Giants Sept. 12-14.

Pederson became the second Palo Alto High grad in a week to record a historical milestone, joining Lily Zhang, who became the first North American to win an Olympic medal in table tennis at the Youth Olympic Games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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