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Mike Stanton has 35 homers after 365 days in the big leagues

Jun 9, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the Marlins calling up Mike Stanton and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that his power numbers after 365 days as a big leaguer are every bit as impressive as the hype suggested.

Stanton has struggled to make consistent contact, striking out 184 times compared to 51 non-intentional walks, and not surprisingly he has a modest .258 batting average and .333 on-base percentage.

But oh man the power: He has 35 homers and 34 doubles in 554 at-bats through his first year, which includes 157 games. According to Baseball-Reference.com, here’s a list of the all-time leaders in home runs through a player’s first 157 games:

Rudy York         45
Mark McGwire      41
Ryan Braun        41
Ryan Howard       39
Chuck Klein       38
Frank Robinson    36
Bob Horner        36
Tony Clark        36
Albert Pujols     35
MIKE STANTON      35
Josh Hamilton     35
Ron Kittle        35

Oh, and Stanton won’t be 22 years old until November.

  1. 5thbase - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Don’t think I had ever heard of Rudy York before, but in August of 1937 (his rookie season) he hit 18 HR and had 49 RBI, both records for one month at that time. Must have been steroids.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Not steroids. Bad white pitching.

  2. SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Dude is a specimen. Red Sox fans will love him in four years.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Mike Stanton…the next Ron Kittle or Tony Clark. Most of the rest of the names on that list had BAs much higher. Even Bob Horner hit .295 his first two years, and he was younger than Stanton.

    • SmackSaw - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      Mike Schmidt had a worse average when he was younger. Comparing hitters from other eras when they’re young is pointless. If you use that criteria, Joe Charboneau should’ve been a HOF’er.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Was Mike Schmidt on this list? Read what I wrote, and what the blog entry is about, then compare apples to apples. I am sure, if I had the time, I could write “[Insert name of great player here] had a worse average when he was younger” What that means to this conversation is absolutely zero.

  4. gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Wish we had us a Stanton,,
    does anybody else remember what a beast the rookie Big Mac was??
    pre roids, it was clear that if he ever hit .300 and stayed healthy for an entire season he would hit 70,, and so it came to pass, it was also clear that those A’s were juiced to a man, including Walter P. Weiss,,was that Dave Parker and Don Baylor pumping a sledge hammer in the on deck circle,, damn LaRussa had an intimidating bunch back then,,, and all that too came to pass
    Sure would love us a Bautista or a Stanton,,,,,,

    • yettyskills - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

      McGwire was roiding the second he left USA baseball, he was juicing in 1986. Same with Clemens and Canseco.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Here’s a plus and a minus: (1) the plus is that the Iron Giant’s dingers aren’t mere dingers; most of them are moon shots and every time he steps to the plate your eyes automatically roam to the big blue tarp where the phantom fans in the Forbidden Zone and other alternate universes sit and you anticipate where out in that azure hinterland the spent projectile will drop. He’s an edge-of-your-seat guy and great fun to watch. (2) The minus is that of all his home runs, I would guess – being too lazy and overfed after a typical Cuban lunch of rabo encendido and black beans and rice to look it up – the vast majority are solo shots and his run production lags way behind his power numbers. If he ever disciplines himself, watch out – but until then, Fiorentino is right – he is too often a “swing hard in case you hit it” type.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      That’s really all I was trying to say, although as usual, not nearly as eloquently as Gator. Yeah, the guy has power, but so what. He also has a crappy batting average. So is he the next Dave Kingman or the next Ryan Braun? Only time will tell.

  6. gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    tough to be wrong when you say Schmidt is a king among the men on third,,
    man o man, he was something sweet hot and delicious
    Mike ephin Schmidt,,,, still,, for a short time,, I love me some Matty, Snake bench coach, Williams,,,
    how many bench coaches they got over there with that Gibson guy?
    hate hate hate seeing Matty Williams there, just ain’t right
    I know it is in many ways, just makes my gut know up to see him compete against the Giants,,
    Brenly in that uni was wrong too
    damn Snakes

  7. gogigantos - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Frank Robinson,,,,,

  8. addictedzone - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Make that 36 in 158 games.

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