Giancarlo Stanton Can't Actually Break Barry Bonds' Record … Can He?

Lawrence Cooper
August 29, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton was kept in the park Saturday and remains stuck on 49 home runs, although the Marlins slugger had a pair of singles and a walk, and he has three straight multi-hit games while driving in six runs and scoring five.

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Since Stanton reached the 50-mark before September 1, it's left some to wonder whether Barry Bonds' single-season home run record of 73 might be in jeopardy - with the key word being "might". Not only was it No. 50 and happened to put the Marlins ahead while they're still fighting for a wild card spot, but it also tied the record for the most homers in August (18), and has Stanton just two from tying the record for homers in any month, one held by Sammy Sosa.

The 27-year-old Stanton has 10 years and $285 million left on his contract with a $25 million team option or $10 million buyout for the 2028 season.

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Now that Giancarlo Stanton is finally reaching his potential and the Marlins are changing ownership, teams think this is the flawless time to swoop in and snatch him away.

Stanton's hot streak has coincided with the Marlins' overall resurgence. Stanton is walking just 12 percent of the time, which is in line with his career mark ... but most of those games haven't mattered.

While Stanton isn't almost the overall hitter Bonds was in his prime, it's worth noting Bonds walked 46 times in his final 33 games of 2001 ... almost one every three plate appearances.

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