Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Slugs 100th Career Home Run
He’s been named to an All-Star team, he’s hit massive home runs, he lead the Major League in slugging last season even with an injury that took a month of his season away, and last night, Giancarlo Stanton hit career home run number 100, in game number 400. All of this before he turned 24.
While the Miami Marlins have had a lot of low-points this season, the biggest one being that they’ve sat in the Major League basement pretty much the entire season, there have been some moments to celebrate, and this milestone home run became one of them. Not only was it historic, but it came at a very crucial point in the ballgame. With the score tied at 2, and Arizona Diamondbacks closer and former Marlins closer Heath Bell in with the purpose of keeping the game deadlocked, Stanton lined a 1-2 fastball up at the letters over the wall in right center field to put the Fish ahead in an eventual 3-2 victory.
When Stanton was called up in June of 2010, many people knew of his prodigious power, both from Spring Training appearances and what they had heard from the Minor Leagues. It took him a few games, but the power was apparent, as he sprayed line drives left and right, until he finally lifted one out. On June 18th, 10 days after his debut, Stanton stood in the box with the bases loaded against Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays, and after getting down 0-2, battled back to 3-2 before hitting a skyscraping home run that just cleared the high wall in left at Sun Life Stadium.
Since then, Stanton has hit both lasers that just clear the wall and some high fly balls that end up 450 feet or further away from home plate. In some instances, he’s combined the two, such as his scoreboard-breaking grand slam off of the ageless wonder Jamie Moyer last season that would have traveled an estimated 462 feet had the scoreboard [and the rest of the stadium behind it] not been in the way. The ball also traveled out at the fastest recorded speed in MLB history, rifling off Stanton’s bat at 122.4 miles per hour.
Over the relatively short career of Giancarlo Stanton, he’s suffered through a few injuries which have hampered his performance a bit, but, really, that makes what he HAS been able to do all that more impressive. Alongside the injuries, he’s gotten off to slow starts each year that he’s been on the opening day roster, not hitting his first home runs until April 21st, 29th, and 27th in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. However, when he heats up, boy does he heat up. In May of 2012, he tied a Marlins franchise record with 12 home runs, after hitting just one in April of that year.
Even with the injuries and slow starts, Stanton has amassed high home run totals, hitting 34 in 2011 and 37 in 2012, with the latter coming in 27 games fewer than the former. He hit 22 in just 100 games in 2010, and that left him needing just seven long-balls to topple the first century mark of his home run barrage coming into 2013.
Stanton hit number 99 earlier in the evening off of undefeated Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin, who took the no decision in this game. The Diamondbacks had also not lost a game this year in which Corbin started until last night, all thanks to Stanton and his two home runs.
There are many hopeful Marlins fans who are praying that the front office can strike some sort of deal with the big slugger, believing he’ll see that the team has a shot over the next couple years of being great, especially with him as the centerpiece of the offense. With players like Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Jose Fernandez and others on their way up or that have already arrived, the team’s future looks bright, and it would look much brighter with Stanton standing between it all.
Some big Giancarlo Stanton moments:
- First Major League hit – June 8, 2010 – infield single against Kyle Kendrick
- First Major League home run – June 18, 2010 – Grand Slam against Matt Garza
- 5 hit game against the Washington Nationals – August 11, 2010 – triple shy of the cycle
- First multi-homer game – August 13, 2010 against the Cincinatti Reds
- 465 foot home run at Citi Field – May 16, 2011 off of Mike Pelfrey
- First walk-off home run – July 6, 2011 against the Philadelphia Phillies (Danys Baez)
- Go-ahead Grand Slam in the 10th inning at Citi Field – August 1, 2011 – 7-3 victory over the Mets
- 50th career home run – August 16, 2011 – against the Colorado Rockies (Edgmer Escalona)
- Mother’s Day Walk-off Grand Slam – May 13, 2012 – off of Ramon Ramirez of the Mets
- Scoreboard Breaking Grand Slam – May 21, 2012 – off of Jamie Moyer of the Rockies (462 feet, 122.4 MPH off the bat)
- Named to All-Star Team in 2012 [did not play due to surgery]
- 100th career home run – June 17, 2013 – off of Heath Bell of the Diamondbacks
Here are Giancarlo Stanton’s statistics as of the posting of this article:
Who knows what’s in store for Stanton’s future? From the current stats in front of us as well as what we’ve been able to view using the “eye test,” it’s plain to see he’s a special talent. It is a huge point that needs to be made for the Marlins front office to lock Giancarlo Stanton up long term, as many of the remaining Marlin faithful have not forgiven them for the disastrous Miguel Cabrera trade that gave the Marlins Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Mike Rabelo, Burke Badenhop, Dallas Trahern, and Frankie de la Cruz. Trahern never reached the big leagues, Miller and Maybin turned into busts, de la Cruz lasted 9 total innings with the Fish, and Rabelo never amounted to more than a back-up catcher. Badenhop turned into the most serviceable piece of the return for the Fish.
Regardless of where Stanton ends up, whether in be in Miami, Los Angeles, or a big North-Eastern market, he’ll be a draw to many fans who wish to see some tape-measure blasts, and there’s always a possibility of him hitting some very historic marks (IE, 500 home runs).