Stanton adds Bronx to ledger with 25th homer
Marlins star has gone deep in 23 parks, reaches quarter-mark fastest in franchise history
NEW YORK -- Cross Yankee Stadium off Giancarlo Stanton's home run list. With his sixth-inning blast off CC Sabathia, the two-time All-Star boosted his MLB-leading home run total to 25.
The blistered drive to left field was impressive, but it wasn't enough to alter the outcome of the game. The Yankees rallied late and defeated the Marlins, 9-4, on Thursday night.
Stanton has now gone deep in 23 different parks.
In terms of team games played, Stanton reached 25 homers faster than any player in franchise history. He reached the benchmark in Miami's 68 games.
Previously, Mike Lowell (2003) and Gary Sheffield (1996) got to the 25-homer plateau each in 82 games.
"Got to keep going," Stanton said.
The fact the Marlins lost two straight to the Yankees -- splitting the four-game home-and-home series -- overshadows the dinger for the Marlins slugger.
"If the season stops now, it's still not going that well," Stanton said. "We've got to keep going."
"This just shows you how special he truly is," Miami manager Dan Jennings said. "On any given swing, he can leave the ballpark. We're watching him become more of a complete hitter. He's on pitches now. You make a mistake, and he's going to get you."
Stanton, who also paces the Majors with 63 RBIs, has been on a power tear, connecting on 13 homers in 23 games. According to Statcast™, Thursday's drive was projected to land 420 feet away from home plate, with an exit velocity of 115 mph.
When it comes to pure might smacking a baseball, no one in the Majors has come close to Stanton.
Among plays that Statcast™ has tracked this season, Stanton has 15 batted balls in play with an exit velocity of at least 115 mph. The next closest is Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, with three.
As impressive as Stanton has been, this week he saw his spot in the All-Star Game starting lineup slip away. Stanton dropped to fourth among National League outfielders, with San Francisco's Nori Aoki claiming the third spot.
The Marlins' record for home runs before the All-Star break is 28, set by Lowell in 2003.
Stanton, now with 179 career home runs, connected on his first exactly five years ago. On June 18, 2010, the then 20-year-old belted a grand slam off Matt Garza, then with the Rays.