This fucking guy is unbelievable. For his fifth straight game and for the 22nd time in his last 33 starts, Giancarlo Stanton has murdered a baseball. After hitting his 43rd home run of the season on Monday night, there is a new single season home run king down in Miami, and his name is Big Dick Stanton. It was only a matter of time, though.
Stanton’s previous career high had been 37 bombs, a total that he had reached twice. In all three of the years that Stanton has hit at least 37 homers, including this year, he’s led the league in slugging percentage. If the season were to end today, in addition to having a new career high in homers, Stanton would also be sporting a new career high in slugging percentage (.640) that would blow by his previous career high (.608) by a pretty sizable margin.
The Miami Marlins single season home run record stood for 21 years after Gary Sheffield blasted 42 bombs for the Fish in 1996, while also leading the league in OPS (1.090) and OPS+ (189) to earn a sixth place finish for National League MVP. I’d imagine that BDS will finish higher than sixth this year. You have to figure that Bryce Harper’s injury moves Stanton up a peg, and if he continues to march on the pace that he’s been on, we’re going to be cracking out the history books more than just in this particular instance.
With 43 home runs in 115 games, Stanton is currently on pace to hit an even 60 home runs this year. Just in case you’re not familiar, here’s what kind of company that would put Stanton in. In 1927, the OG home run hitter Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs. That record stood for 34 years until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. Then, steroids happened. Mark McGwire broke Maris’ record in the Summer of ’98 when he hit 70 bombs and followed that up with 65 more the following year. Sammy Sosa hit 66 of his own in that summer of ’98, and went on to have two more seasons of 60+ homers in 1999 and 2001. Speaking of 2001, that was the year that Barry Bonds set the single season record that still stands today, and likely will forever unless PEDs are legalized, which was 73 home runs.
I think the most impressive part about all of this is that Stanton has been able to stay this locked in and this focused, all while his name has been swirling around trade rumors. It was reported today that Stanton has cleared revocable waivers and can now be dealt to any team here in the month of August. Wouldn’t that be something if the youngest player to hit 60 home runs since Roger Maris accomplished the feat in a different uniform than he started his historic season in.