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Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger.

It turns out, the answer was … nothing.

Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29 and in 31 games since then he’s hit .336 with 13 homers, 10 doubles, and a .759 slugging percentage. That includes .343 with 12 homers in 29 games this month, which is good for a 1.201 OPS that leads all MLB hitters for May.

For his young career Stanton has now 69 homers in 300 games, which is tied with Albert Pujols for the 11th-most in baseball history through 300 games. Here’s the leaderboard:

Ryan Howard         91
Bob Horner          84
Chuck Klein         81
Ryan Braun          79
Joe DiMaggio        79
Mark McGwire        77
Rudy York           77
Ralph Kiner         75
Eddie Mathews       72
Reggie Jackson      71
Albert Pujols       69

Incredible company, to say the least. And it’s also worth noting that Stanton’s first 300 games have come at a much younger age than many players on that list. For instance, Ryan Howard holds the all-time record with 91 homers through 300 games, but he debuted at age 24 and played his 300th game at age 27. Stanton will be 27 in … 2017. By then he might have 300 homers.

  1. El Bravo - May 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    That list-topper’s future is murky at best.

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Chuck Klein passed away in 1958

      • El Bravo - May 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        I have no idea what you are talking about. Of course, you’re a Phillies phan, so nonsense is your forte.

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        I was following your lead, typing random things about people on 300 game list – random things having nothing to do with the main article.

        Sheesh, some people can not take a compliment!

      • El Bravo - May 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM


  2. illcomm - May 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    So is Jason Heyward.

    • El Bravo - May 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      I assume you meant to reply to me…how much does Heyward get paid to play in ballgames? Now, how much does Howard get paid to not play in ballgames and for how long?

  3. charlutes - May 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Tied for 11th most after 300 is a reach not a stat. relax.

  4. darthicarus - May 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Actually, I thought Stanton & the hitting coach noticed a slight change how he held the bat. There was some comment about holding the bat 4″ up/down that made the difference in his timing. So there was “something” wrong with his swing but nothing like a 2011 Adam Dunn issue.

  5. Old Gator - May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    The Iron Giant sat out virtually all of spring training with injuries, so, in effect, April was his spring training, and he was probably still residually gimpy for a few weeks into the first month of the season. This is what the Iron Giant looks like healthy. This is what he looked like all the way up through the minor leagues.

    This is why fans are going to keep on coming to Macondo Banana Massacre Field after the novelty of the place itself wears off.

    • natstowngreg - May 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      That, and his contributions to Fish wins. Provided, of course, that Loria doesn’t revert to his Ebeneezer Scrooge persona.

      Gonna be fun to watch Stanton and Bryce Harper trade homers for the next decade or so.

  6. thehawg - May 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I hope the Marlins are saving some money to resign Stanton, He should being expecting Albert Pujols

    • mstrshake - May 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      As a Marlins fan, I hope so too. PAY HIM!! lol

  7. turnmymicup - May 31, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Stanton is a best and im glad he is on our side. The way this Kid hits the ball is amazing. Great timing and power. Go Marlins!!

  8. bernardsblock - May 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Reblogged this on Bernard's Block and commented:
    A bright future ahead for Giancarlo. Wish the Mets had him though personally.

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