Your ballpark cannot stop Giancarlo Stanton. It can only hope to contain him. Actually, it can do neither.
A day after breaking the Marlins’ franchise record for home runs in a single season, slugger Giancarlo Stanton added another to his total with a solo shot off of Madison Bumgarner in Tuesday’s contest with the San Francisco Giants.
Here’s video proof of exactly one baseball being harmed during the making of this broadcast:
Let’s face it, life is pretty good if your name is Giancarlo Stanton right about now. Coming off last month’s awe-inspiring Home Run Derby performance in front of his hometown fans at the All-Star Game, Stanton is now obliterating baseballs in the month of August. Tuesday’s home run against the Giants was No. 44 on the season and, perhaps even more impressive, his sixth consecutive game with a dinger.
Since the All-Star break, Stanton is slashing .302/.413/.849 with an incredible 17 home runs and 29 RBI. The Marlins’ playoff chances may be dwindling by the day, but Stanton will certainly continue to linger in the NL MVP consideration through the end of the season.
Stanton seems to have a legitimate chance to reach the 60 home run plateau this season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Barry Bonds (73) and Sammy Sosa (64) both did it back in 2001. In fact, it’s even been four years since there was a 50 home run season in the majors (Chris Davis with the Orioles in 2013), a milestone that Stanton seemingly could reach by the end of this week.
New owner Derek Jeter recently mentioned that he was considering removing the Marlins’ gargantuan center field home run statue and it appears that Giancarlo Stanton destroying it with baseballs is his preferred method of demolition.
Regardless of where Miami finishes in the standings, tracking Stanton’s home runs will be a fun endeavor for the entire baseball world for the rest of the season.