Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest.
But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here. Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals.
Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other major league team. He entered the day with a career .324/.427/.730 line with eight homers, six doubles and 16 RBI in 22 games against the Nationals.
Stanton, who won’t turn 22 until after the season, is up to 46 career homers now. If he can hit nine more in the second half — which seems like a very good bet — he’ll crack the top 10 all time for homers before age 22:
1. Mel Ott: 86
2. Tony Conigliaro: 84
3. Eddie Mathews: 72
4. Frank Robinson: 67
5. Alex Rodriguez: 64
6. Ken Griffey Jr.: 60
7. Al Kaline: 59
8. Mickey Mantle: 57
9. Bob Horner: 56
10. Ted Williams: 54
10. Andruw Jones: 54
Very possibly, he’ll join the top eight with a group of seven Hall of Famers and a guy in Conigliaro who may well have been that kind of player if not for a beaning.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.