Giants 'expressing the Strongest Interest' in Giancarlo Stanton

Hope Soto
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.

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot is sitting out on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. It was Stanton's 17th homer in August, which tied for the second-most in Major League Baseball history in that month.

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Stanton's eighth-inning blast was his 50th homer of the season, which placed him alongside Barry Bonds, Luis Gonzalez, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa as the only players to reach 50 home runs before the end of August. Barry Bonds holds the record after he had 73 homers in 2001. That means he had 56 home runs on August 28, obviously a few more than Stanton's 50.

Here's the other thing: Of the Marlins' remaining 33 games, 15 are against playoff contenders, including three series with Milwaukee, Arizona and Colorado. With something on the line, you have to think teams will become a little more selective with how they pitch the 27-year-old. Even Bonds only did it the one time, though, the 333 intentional walks - and 834 regular walks - accumulated after 2001 had a lot to do with Bonds never even making it to 50 homers again, never mind 60.

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