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After failing to hit a home run in his first 17 games of the season, Giancarlo Stanton has started to heat up lately, as he’s blasted (and I do mean blasted) three home runs in his past two games. But while this is certainly great for both Stanton and the Marlins, you have to question whether it will actually play out over the remainder of the season.
If Stanton continues to tear it up at the plate, it’s likely he’ll find himself getting walked more and more, as there’s really no one in the Marlins’ lineup that can hurt a team as much as Stanton.
If Stanton can’t swing the bat, he can’t hit home runs.
Taking a look at Stanton’s stats so far this season, the additional walks are already taking place. Having only been walked 46 times last year, in which he hit 37 homers, Stanton is on pace to reach base via walk 78 times; that’s going off him playing 123 games like last year.
Assuming Stanton stays healthy for most of the season, resulting in more games played, it’s not all that hard to imagine him getting walked over 100 times. If he still continues to rake, perhaps even more than that.
So where does that leave Giancarlo Stanton?
The absolute best thing that can happen to Stanton is for him to get traded. A big blockbuster trade would be beneficial to both Stanton, helping him to somewhat salvage what’s sure to be a non-Stanton season, as well as the Marlins, gaining them some key pieces that will help them win more games down the road.
Stanton alone, while he’s an incredibly talented player, isn’t going to win the Marlins games. Maybe a few, here and there, but not enough to affect the outcome of a season. They need more than just one guy.
Therefore, sitting just four home runs shy of the 100th for his career, while Giancarlo Stanton will undoubtedly reach the milestone sometime within the next week or two, I see it being the last milestone he’ll achieve in a Marlins uniform.
Below you’ll find a list of the home run milestones that *should* occur in 2013. I say should because there’s no guarantee that any given player on the list will reach the milestone; they could get injured, have a bad season, or whatever. I made the same type of list last season, and it was well-received, so I figured I’d post another one for this year.
In order to make the list, the player had to meet the following criteria:
You can’t be a pitcher. Although there are some pitchers that can hit home runs, you won’t find any on my list. Reason being is that they’re not everyday players.
You have to have hit at least one home run in the Major Leagues. There are several dozen players going into 2013 that haven’t hit an MLB home run, but adding them to the below list just didn’t make sense.
You have to be closing in on an even milestone, like 100, 200, 300, etc. I didn’t include anyone that’s a few homers away from number 50, 75, 125, etc. It just didn’t seem necessary.
The list is organized by player name, team, milestone they’re going for and how many home runs they are from that particular milestone:
2013 Home Run Milestones
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies–Home Run Number 100 (1 home run away)
Mark Ellis, Dodgers–Home Run Number 100 (1 home run away)
Scott Hairston, Cubs–Home Run Number 100 (5 home runs away)
Joe Mauer, Twins–Home Run Number 100 (6 home runs away)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins–Home Run Number 100 (7 home runs away)
Russell Martin, Pirates–Home Run Number 100 (7 home runs away)
Ben Zobrist, Rays–Home Run Number 100 (8 home runs away)
Jose Reyes, Blue Jays–Home Run Number 100 (8 home runs away)
Shane Victorino, Red Sox–Home Run Number 100 (10 home runs away)
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox–Home Run Number 100 (10 home runs away)
Delmon Young, Phillies–Home Run Number 100 (11 home runs away)
Nate McLouth, Orioles–Home Run Number 100 (12 home runs away)
Garrett Jones, Pirates–Home Run Number 100 (13 home runs away)
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds–Home Run Number 100 (17 home runs away)
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates–Home Run Number 100 (18 home runs away)
Chris Davis, Orioles–Home Run Number 100 (23 home runs away)
Chase Utley, Phillies–Home Run Number 200 (1 home run away)
Adam LaRoche, Nationals–Home Run Number 200 (3 home runs away)
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies–Home Run Number 200 (7 home runs away)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays–Home Run Number 200 (17 home runs away)
Mark Reynolds, Indians–Home Run Number 200 (19 home runs away)
Robinson Cano, Yankees–Home Run Number 200 (23 home runs away)
Torii Hunter, Tigers–Home Run Number 300 (3 home runs away)
Carlos Pena, Astros–Home Run Number 300 (23 home runs away)
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs–Home Run Number 400 (28 home runs away)
Albert Pujols, Angels–Home Run Number 500 (25 home runs away)