Giancarlo Stanton Becomes Third-Youngest Player To 150 Home Runs (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton joined some seriously impressive company Monday night.

The Miami Marlins slugger — as he’s been known to do from time to time — blasted a laser beam of a home run, a three-run shot that helped his team beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-1.

It was Stanton’s 33rd home run of the season (leading all National League hitters) and the 150th of his career, putting him in a class with some of the greatest sluggers of all time. At 24 years and 290 days, Stanton is the third-youngest player in major league history to reach that particular home run plateau.

Before Monday, just 11 players had belted 150 homers before or during their age-24 season. Seven of them already are enshrined in Cooperstown, and a few more could join them before long.

1. Eddie Mathews: 190 homers in 732 games
2. Alex Rodriguez: 189 homers in 790 games
3. Mel Ott: 176 homers in 983 games
4. Jimmie Foxx: 174 homers in 810 games
5. Mickey Mantle: 173 homers in 808 games
6. Ken Griffey Jr.: 172 homers in 845 games
7. Frank Robinson: 165 homers in 735 games
8. Albert Pujols: 160 homers in 629 games
9. Orlando Cepeda: 157 homers in 764 games
10. Johnny Bench: 154 homers in 782 games
11. Andruw Jones: 150 homers in 827 games
11. Stanton: 150 homers in 619 games

Like we said, impressive company.

The Marlins still have 32 games to play this season, so it’s not a stretch to think Stanton could climb to No. 8 or 9 on that list before October. Whether he’ll still be in Miami when the 2015 campaign opens, however, is another story entirely. The¬†outfielder has two years remaining on his contract, but many believe notoriously stingy Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria could trade him before then.

More than a few Boston Red Sox fans believe Stanton’s swing would fit in just fine¬†at Fenway Park. Just sayin’.

Thanks to Eye on Baseball for the statistics

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