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Mike Stanton owns the Nationals

Jul 28, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

Mike Cameron, Mike Stanton AP

Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest.

But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here.  Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals.

Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other major league team.  He entered the day with a career .324/.427/.730 line with eight homers, six doubles and 16 RBI in 22 games against the Nationals.

Stanton, who won’t turn 22 until after the season, is up to 46 career homers now.  If he can hit nine more in the second half — which seems like a very good bet — he’ll crack the top 10 all time for homers before age 22:

1. Mel Ott: 86
2. Tony Conigliaro: 84
3. Eddie Mathews: 72
4. Frank Robinson: 67
5. Alex Rodriguez: 64
6. Ken Griffey Jr.: 60
7. Al Kaline: 59
8. Mickey Mantle: 57
9. Bob Horner: 56
10. Ted Williams: 54
10. Andruw Jones: 54

Very possibly, he’ll join the top eight with a group of seven Hall of Famers and a guy in Conigliaro who may well have been that kind of player if not for a beaning.

  1. duvisited - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Eh, he’d still be an upgrade over the Lerners.

  2. nolanwiffle - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Perhaps you should have just gone with “Tony C”

  3. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Matthew, Craig send you some of that single malt he collected on vacation last month? Stanton hit #24 today, Thursday, against the Gnats. And it was a stone bomb, off the facade of the refreshment area and exit ramp at the rear of the bleacher section in dead center field. A bona fide Iron Giant moonshot. A thing of beauty.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:15 PM

      I’m not good with days. Or years. I usually get months right, though.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:19 PM

        Oh, I know I’ll regret saying this, but I can’t resist: my ex-wife was the same way.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:39 PM

      Just saw the replay. Looks like it hit in the middle of the Red Porch seats. Not the longest homer I’ve seen hit into those seats, but it’s in the conversation.

      And our only hope is that someday, the Fish will dump Stanton to save money.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

        Check the larger screen version on the Feesh web site. It looks to me like it bounces into those seats after ricocheting off the facade. One or two folks in the rows two or three down from the facade are looking behind themselves when it hits.

        And well, we both know that unless Scrooge McLoria gets hit by a bus, there will come a day when the Feesh will do precisely that.

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