New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton moves up all time leaderboard

Sep 18, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Saturday afternoon’s game will be a forgettable one for the New York Yankees. The game was essentially over after a seven run fifth inning as the Indians clobbered Yankees’ pitching. For the most part, this game will not be featured on any highlight video for the 2021 season.

However, there was one highlight in the game. Giancarlo Stanton belted his 30th homer of the season, a solo shot to right center in the seventh inning. That blast moved him into a tie with Ron Santo for 100th on the all time home run leaderboard with 342 homers in his career.

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton moving up all time homer list

It is not a surprise that Stanton has moved into the top 100 home run hitters of all time. Including this season, he has six years with at least 30 homers, leading the league twice. His 59 homers in 2017 was the closest that anyone has come to the 60 homer mark since the peak of the PED Era. Stanton is clearly one of the top power hitters in the game when healthy.

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That has been the issue throughout his career. Stanton had appeared in just 41 games combined in 2019 and 2020. He has appeared in at least 120 games in just five of his 12 years in the majors. His power may be immense, but it does not matter if he is not in the lineup.

Stanton realized that as well this offseason. He and Aaron Judge, another powerful slugger whose ability to remain in the lineup has been questionable at best, changed their workout routine. While they have dealt with minor injuries this season, both have been able to be a part of the Yankees’ lineup for the vast majority of the time.

As Stanton will be turning 32 this offseason, and is locked up through 2027, he will continue to climb that list. Santo will be left behind, and it seems to just be a matter of time before he becomes the 58th player in MLB history to reach the 400 home run club. But he needs to stay healthy to get there.

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Giancarlo Stanton continues to move up the all time home run list. On Saturday, the New York Yankees slugger tied Ron Santo for 100th in MLB history.