Call Giancarlo Stanton masking tape, because he’s on a tear.
The Miami Marlins slugger has hit a ridiculous six home runs in his last seven games (six in a row before finally going a game without one) and 23 in his last 36 contests, giving him 44 on the season—on pace for an insane 60 home runs in 2017 with 43 games left.
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Luckily for him, that’s right around what he considers to be the real home run record, which is 12 bombs shy of what the record books will tell you.
Barry Bonds bashed 73 dingers in 2001. Mark McGwire hit 70 and Sammy Sosa hit 66 in their famed 1998 home run race. But all three players have either admitted to taking steroids during their careers or tested positive for steroids.
Which is why many, including Stanton, consider Roger Maris’ mark of 61 home runs, set in 1961, to be the true mark.
“Considering some things, I do,’’ Stanton told the Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday. “… But at the same time it doesn’t matter. The record is the record. But, personally, I do [think 61 is the record].”
He added: “You grow up watching [the movie The Sandlot]. You grow up watching those films of Babe Ruth and [Mickey] Mantle and these guys and 61 always been that printed number as a kid.”
If Stanton manages to hit 62 home runs this season, a feat that truly can’t be counted out at this point, it’ll once again spark debate about how to treat records set in the steroid era. But the four-time All-Star isn’t ready to worry about that just yet.
“Come back when I get to 59,’’ he said. “I’m taking it one at a time.”