Posted June 19, 2013

Stanton’s milestone homer places him in historic company

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Giancarlo Stanton. Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 99th and 100th career home runs on Monday night in Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton is making up for lost time. Since returning from a six-week absence due to a hamstring strain, he’s homered four times in seven games, including two on Monday night against the Diamondbacks — the second of which won the game and carved him a small niche in the history books.

The Marlins were held hitless for the first five innings of Monday’s game by Arizona’s Patrick Corbin and fell behind 2-0. Juan Pierre broke up the no-hitter with one out in the sixth, and two batters later, Stanton clubbed a 394-foot homer to leftfield to tie the game — the only other hit Corbin surrendered over eight innings of strong work. With the score still knotted in the ninth, Stanton connected again off former teammate Heath Bell, this time bashing a 405-foot homer to rightfield:

The second home run was the 100th of his career, enabling Stanton to edge out Frank Robinson as the 10th-fastest player to the century mark by age (data from The Baseball Almanac):

Rk Player Team Age
1 Mel Ott Giants 22y 132d
2 Tony Conigliaro Red Sox 22y 197d
3 Eddie Mathews Braves 22y 292d
4 Alex Rodriguez Mariners 23y 016d
5 Andruw Jones Braves 23y 062d
6 Johnny Bench Reds 23y 161d
7 Albert Pujols Cardinals 23y 185d
8 Hank Aaron Braves 23y 191d
9 Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners 23y 206d
10 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 23y 228d
11 Frank Robinson Reds 23y 230d

That’s not too shabby considering his time missed not only this year but last year as well, when he lost a month to in-season knee surgery. Accounting for lost time, Stanton’s 100th homer came in his 400th game played, which ties Ryan Braun for the eighth-fastest on that scale:

Rk  Player  Team Games to 100
1 Ryan Howard Phillies 325
2 Ralph Kiner Pirates 385
3T Chuck Klein Phillies 390
Bob Horner Braves 390
5 Mark McGwire Athletics 393
6 Joe DiMaggio Yankees 395
7 Eddie Mathews Braves 397
8T Ryan Braun Brewers 400
Giancarlo Stanton Marlins 400
10T Willie Mays Giants 415
Albert Pujols Cardinals 415

Stanton’s in the company of five Hall of Famers on each list, not to mention several other players likely to wind up there. After climbing to 11th in homers through his age-22 season, he needs 16 to tie Jones and Jimmie Foxx for 10th in homers through an age-23 season, and 21 to tie Mickey Mantle and Juan Gonzalez for eighth; Mathews and Ott are tied for first at 153.

Back to the here and now, Stanton has collected hits in all seven games since coming off the DL and he’s hitting a blistering .393/.433/.929 in 30 plate appearances. The Marlins are 4-3 over that span while scoring 4.14 runs per game, a vast improvement over the shape of things without him. While they still have the league’s worst offense (3.13 runs per game) and worst record (22-47), their .318 winning percentage is now safely ahead of the 1962 Mets’ .250 mark. Historically significant slugger + historically awful team = garden-variety awful team, if you’re scoring at home.

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Michael10
Michael10

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