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Stanton hits 50th home run

29 August 2017, 01:14 | Kristopher Drake

Giancarlo Stanton is congratulated by Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna after connecting for his 48th home run of the season. More

Giancarlo Stanton is congratulated by Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna after connecting for his 48th home run of the season. More

The surging Miami Marlins have won five straight series at home and can wrap up a three-game sweep when they host the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 50th homer of the season on Sunday, and it was a big one. His 17th home run in August tied the National League record for home runs in that month, jointly held by Willie Mays (1965) and Sammy Sosa (2001).

Even if Stanton doesn't get to 60, 50 is more rare than you might think. Stanton became the first National League player to reach 50 homers since Prince Fielder hit 50 for Milwaukee in 2007.

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

Stats: Szczur is hitting.219 (32 for 146) with three home runs, 22 runs scored and 16 RBIs in 91 games. So the Marlins outfielder will somehow need to take his game to an even higher level in order to have the slightest chance of catching Bonds. In large part thanks to Stanton, the Marlins have joined those three teams in the wild card hunt. The bad news, at least as it pertains to Stanton's chase, is there's really no reason for any of those teams in the playoff hunt to risk pitching to Stanton in the middle of a pennant race.

"The record is the record", Stanton said.

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