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Giancarlo Stanton Hits 50 Home Runs In One Season

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Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball. He has competed in three Home Run Derbies over his career and has won one. This season he has taken his power to new levels, especially in the past two months.

Stanton entered the All-Star Break with 26 home runs, which was third most in MLB. He then participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby. Despite not winning the contest, he showed the baseball world what he can do if he gets into a groove. He has kept the rhythm in the two months since the break.

Stanton started the second half of the season hot; he homered 18 times in the first 30 games coming out of the break. He has already broken his career high for home runs and the Marlins’ franchise record for home runs in a season. He has reached 50 home runs this season, and in doing so has hit the most home runs in the National League since 2008. Stanton leads the major leagues in home runs since the All-Star Break by a wide margin, including 18 in August, tying Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa for home runs in the month of August.

With his sudden boost in performance, Stanton has gotten himself into the race for the National League Most Valuable Player award. His massive production lately has single handedly brought the Marlins back into the playoff race.

“Obviously, very dangerous right now,” Marlins Manager Don Mattingly said in August.

Mattingly knows what it is like to be in a power groove. Before back injuries ended his career prematurely, he was one of the best power hitters in baseball during the 1980s. In 1987, he homered in eight straight games, which is tied for the MLB record. Stanton came close to tying the record; he homered in six straight games in mid-August.

Stanton’s recent outburst has had people in the baseball world wondering if he can pass Roger Maris’ 61 home runs hit in the 1961 season. Maris does not have the MLB record for home runs in a season; that belongs to Barry Bonds, who hit 73 in 2001, albeit with the help of performance-enhancing drugs. Stanton, however, believes Maris’ is the true record.

“[I]t doesn’t matter,” he said to the Sun Sentinel. “The record is the record. But personally, I do [think 61 is the record].”

But he is not focusing on the record right now and is instead thinking on playing each game.

“Come back when I get to 59,” he stated. “I’m taking it one [game] at a time.”

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