Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-4 with a walk and two solo home runs in Saturday afternoon’s win against the Mets. His first home run was his traditional fare: a brute-force line drive home run to center field off of Jon Niese. The second was a ninth-inning moon shot that went into the second deck in left field at Citi Field.
That blast measured at 466 feet, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, citing ESPN Stats & Info. That bested the previous record of 465 feet for the longest homer at Citi Field, also held by Stanton.
Stanton now has 15 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .232/.326/.524 triple-slash line on the season.
We usually post videos of Giancarlo Stanton hitting long home runs because he has a penchant for doing that on a regular basis and it’s a lot of fun to marvel over them. However, he can also get it done with the glove. Check out this leaping catch he made against the Pirates tonight to rob Josh Harrison of extra bases:
By the way, Stanton also has his 13th home run of the season tonight.
The Phillies shopped Ryan Howard all winter and GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. said at one point that they’d be better off without him, but the veteran first baseman continues to show that there’s still some life remaining in his bat. Check out this blast against the Rockies today:
Part of the reason I posted this video was to show the kid who caught the home run ball and his celebratory reaction. You have to smile watching that.
Howard took advantage of Coors Field by going deep in each of the last two days and is now up to nine home runs on the year. All nine of his home runs have come since April 21. Only Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton have hit more in the same timespan. That’s some pretty decent company.
The press conference introducing Marlins GM-turned-Marlins-manager Dan Jennings is happening right now. The couple of takeaways worth taking away:
- Team president David Samson says that he president of baseball operations Mike Hill and Jennings hatched this plan themselves. Specifically, they were on a telephone call discussing the replacement of Mike Redmond and that they had “an epiphany” which led them to name Jennings the team’s manager. Samson owner Jeffrey Loria was not on the call.
- For Jennings’ part he knows that this hire was not conventional, saying that it was “definitely a different avenue” to becoming a manager. He also said “even my mom, whom I love, asked me, ‘Are you crazy?'”
Hey, maybe he is. And crazy or sane, he’s team superstar Giancarlo Stanton’s seventh manager in six seasons, which is pretty cool unless you’re invested in Stanton being happy and content and stuff.
So away we go. I still remain unconvinced that this wasn’t a Jeff Loria decision. Keeping in mind that almost anyone who rises to a high level like Loria and who likes to get his way and who has drawn a lot of controversy eventually becomes well-versed at not being in meetings where his will is carried out. It’s a neat little trick of the powerful and crazy.
Now let’s see ’em play baseball.
Ho-hum: Another day, another massive home run from Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
After hitting two home runs last night vs. the Braves, including one into the camera well in distant center field, Stanton topped himself today with a blast to the second deck in center field. StatCast said it checked in at 478 feet, which Daren Wilman notes is three feet further than the one that left Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Check it out below:
Just ridiculous. By the way, how about the bare-handed catch by that fan? I’m going to assume that his hand has since swollen up to the size (and potentially the color) of the home run sculpture.