Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton joins elite club with 59th homer

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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton joins elite club with 59th homer

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Miami's Giancarlo Stanton circles the bases after hitting his 59th home run of the season in the eighth inning of Thursday night's game in Miami.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton joined an elite power-hitting club Thursday night, blasting his 58th and 59th homer in Miami’s 7-1 victory against Atlanta.

Stanton, who has hit 33 homers since the All-Star break in July, joins Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth as the only major-leaguers to hit at least 59 home runs in a season.

Stanton’s 47 home runs while batting in the No. 2 slot set a major-league mark as he topped the 46 round-trippers hit by Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews in 1959, ESPN reported.


“It’s crazy to be in that company,” Stanton said . “It doesn’t sink in yet. It doesn’t make sense, really, yet. But it’s really cool. It’s everything I’ve worked for and it’s something really cool.”

Stanton hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and then added a two-run shot in the eighth. It was his 10th multi-homer game of the season.

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