GIANCARLO CLOSES IN ON BASEBALL HISTORY

With less than 3 weeks to go in the season, time to look again at a note I researched a few weeks ago, detailing just how historic Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 season has a chance to be.

The 24-year-old slugged his league-leading 37th home run last night in Milwaukee, driving in his NL-best 105th run. Giancarlo leads Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs by 7 home runs and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers by 5 RBI in his quest to become the first Marlin to ever lead the National League in either of those categories, let alone both in the same season.

Now here’s where things get truly historic (even forgetting for a second he also leads the league in WAR, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits, total bases, walks, home run ratio and RBI ratio, while currently ranking 2nd in OBP):

The last major league player to lead his league in both home runs and RBI at the age of 24 or younger was 23-year-old Jose Canseco, who hit 42 long balls and drove in 124 at the age of 23 for the A’s in 1988.

The last National Leaguer to turn the trick was Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench who, at the age of 24, led the NL with 40 homers and 125 RBI in 1972. Bench had also previously achieved the feat at the age of 20 in 1970.

Here’s the complete list of players who have led their league in both home runs and RBI in the same season before the age of 25 (age as of June 30). Note that every player on the list except for Canseco is a member of the Hall of Fame:

Jose Canseco (OAK) in 1988 at age 24
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1972 at age 22
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1970 at age 20
Orlando Cepeda (SF) in 1961 at age 23
Henry Aaron (MIL) in 1957 at age 23
Mickey Mantle (NYY) in 1956 at age 24
Ted Williams (BOS) in 1942 at age 23
Hank Greenberg (DET) in 1935 at age 24
Jimmie Foxx (PHA) in 1932 at age 24
Babe Ruth (BOS) in 1919 at age 24

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in homers (but not RBI) was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, who slugged 50 at the age of 23 in 2007.

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in RBI (but not home runs) was Matt Williams of the Giants, who knocked in 122 at age 24 in 1990.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…

With only 20 games to go, it’s time to think about handing out some Fish Tales hardware. Here’s your chance to vote for some 2014 Marlins end-of-season award winners, who will be announced during the final days of the season on this blog and on our Marlins On Deck radio pre-game show.

STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 9 at MIL)

With his 154th career home run last night, Giancarlo Stanton tied Dan Uggla for the Marlins franchise home run lead.

Stanton has hit his 154 home runs in 631 games, while Uggla needed 776 games to slug his 154.

Stanton joins Evan Longoria of the Rays as one of only 2 active players to be his current franchise’s career home run king.

The only active players who rank 2nd in their club’s history are David Wright (whose 230 homers are 22 behind Darryl Strawberry in Mets history) and Paul Konerko (whose 432 home runs are 16 behind Frank Thomas for the top spot on the White Sox career list).

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The Marlins continue their 4-game series in Milwaukee at 8:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 7:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPTEMBER 3 vs. NYM)

Adeiny Hechavarria last night became the 6th Marlin to collect 10 or more triples in a single season, and is within three 3-base hits of matching Juan Pierre’s 2005 club record of 13 triples.

Juan Pierre 13 in 2005
Jose Reyes 12 in 2012
Juan Pierre 12 in 2004
Hanley Ramirez 11 in 2006
Adeiny Hechavarria 10 in 2014
Luis Castillo 10 in 2001

Hechavarria is tied for 2nd in the National League with his 10 triples, 2 behind Dee Gordon of the Dodgers.

The only Marlin to ever lead the NL in triples is Juan Pierre, who legged out 12 in 2004.

Despite playing in only 270 games over the last 2 seasons, Hechavarria already stands tied for 8th in Marlins history in career triples despite having played, by far, the fewest games among anyone in the top 10.

Luis Castillo 42 in 1128 games
Juan Pierre 34 in 599 games
Hanley Ramirez 26 in 943 games
Alex Gonzalez 23 in 896 games
Mark Kotsay 22 in 468 games
Emilio Bonifacio 20 in 416 games
Kurt Abbott 19 in 424 games
Adeiny Hechavarria 18 in 270 games
Derrek Lee 18 in 844 games
Alfredo Amezaga 17 in 437 games

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The Marlins and Mets play the rubber game of their 3-game series at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 31 at ATL)

The Marlins close out the month of August this afternoon with a 5:10 game against the Braves. With a win, Miami would finish the month with a 14-13 record after going 14-12 in July.

A victory today would give the Marlins consecutive winning months for the first time since April (16-9) and May (15-13) of 2011.

With a win today, the Marlins will have finished above .500 in 3 of the last 4 months.

March/April: 13-14
May: 15-13
June: 11-16
July: 14-12
August: 13-13

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The Marlins close out their 9-game road trip with one more in Atlanta at 5:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 4:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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