Giancarlo Stanton’s 400th HR elevates him to MLB’s top 60 hitters

Giancarlo Stanton reaches 400 HRs in the Yankees vs. Tigers game at Yankee Stadium on Sept 5, 2023..

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Giancarlo Stanton has faced unprecedented criticism this season from the media and New York Yankees fans. However, the player achieved his 400th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. In a moment of sheer brilliance, Stanton launched a two-run homer that sailed an astonishing 451 feet at a blazing speed of 116.8 mph, landing it in left-center field. This remarkable feat also catapulted him to the 58th spot on the all-time list of active players with 400 or more home runs.

At 33 years old, Giancarlo Stanton‘s career has been defined by his jaw-dropping power, and his 400th home run only adds to his legend. He accomplished this incredible milestone in just 1,520 games, making him the fourth-fastest player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach the 400-home run mark.

Giancarlo Stanton has joined the select group of active players with 400 or more home runs, currently ranking 58th on the all-time list. This elite group includes Miguel Cabrera, who has 510 home runs to his name, and Nelson Cruz, with 464. Stanton’s achievement solidifies his status as one of the premier power hitters in today’s game.

Giancarlo Stanton’s place in MLB history

With 400 home runs, Giancarlo Stanton has etched his name into the annals of baseball history. He currently sits at 58th on the all-time home run list, rubbing shoulders with legends of the game. His remarkable journey to this milestone has been marked by awe-inspiring power and the ability to make the baseball disappear into the stands with each swing.

While Giancarlo Stanton’s 400 home runs are an incredible achievement, he undoubtedly has his sights set on climbing higher on the all-time home run list. Leading the pack is Barry Bonds, who holds the record with 762 career home runs, followed closely by Hank Aaron with 755 and Babe Ruth with 714. Stanton’s power-hitting prowess positions him as a potential future member of this prestigious club, with the magical 500-home run mark within reach.

Giancarlo Stanton’s 2023 season struggles

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Yankees teammates after hitting two homers vs. the Cubs on July 8, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.
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Despite the euphoria of reaching 400 home runs, Giancarlo Stanton’s 2023 season has been marked by ups and downs, including calls from some fans to trade him during the offseason. While his power is evident with 22 home runs, his batting average and overall offensive production have faltered. As of now, Stanton is slashing .206/.282/.449, representing potential career-worst numbers. Nevertheless, his milestone moment at Yankee Stadium showcased his ability to electrify the crowd and turn games around with a single swing of the bat.

Giancarlo Stanton’s tenure with the New York Yankees has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. He has faced moments of adversity, often finding himself on the receiving end of boos from Yankees fans. The 2023 season has been particularly challenging, with Stanton battling injuries, including a six-week absence due to a left hamstring strain. However, the slugger still holds the potential to be a game-changer for the team, and his four remaining years on his Yankees contract provide ample opportunity for redemption.

Stanton’s baseball journey began when he was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the second round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Marlins, where he established himself as a power-hitting force, averaging approximately 33 home runs per season. In 2014, Stanton signed a historic 13-year, $325 million dollar contract with the Marlins, setting the stage for his transition to the Yankees in December 2017. His arrival in New York was met with high expectations, and he didn’t disappoint, hitting 38 home runs in his debut season with the Yankees.

The quest for 500 HR 

Giancarlo Stanton in action for the New York Yankees
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As Giancarlo Stanton basks in the glory of his 400th career home run, baseball fans and pundits alike are left wondering if he can rekindle the form that once made him a National League MVP with 59 home runs for the Miami Marlins in 2017. With some years remaining on his Yankees contract, the tantalizing possibility of reaching the coveted 500-home run mark looms on the horizon.

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