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Stanton goes deep twice, hits 59th HR

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton joined an elite group with his 59th home run on Thursday night. Outside of the ‘Steroid Era,’ this season will be one of the Top 10 home run seasons of all-time.

He hit two home runs against the Atlanta Braves. With his second long ball, he surpasses Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Mark McGwire and Ryan Howard, who hit 58 home runs in a season.

Giancarlo Stanton (Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton (Getty Images)

Foxx hit 58 in 1932, while Greenberg hit his 58 in 1939. McGwire did it in 1997, while Howard hit 58 in 2006.

He’s now tied with Babe Ruth, who had 59 home runs in 1921. If he can hit one more home run in the final few games of the season, he can tie Ruth’s tally for 60 in 1927.

Barry Bonds is considered the ‘Home Run King,’ yet he’s been linked to steroids dating back to his San Francisco Giants days after leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates. Some believe there should be an asterisk by his records, along with the records of McGwire, Sammy Sosa — and any other player, who took steroids.

Roger Maris is considered the real ‘Home Run King’ by many.

“Those are all the guys I looked up to,” Stanton said, according to FOX Sports Florida. “Modeled my — some are lefties — but I modeled my swings, my home run trots, just the way the ball flies … It’s crazy to be in that company.

“It doesn’t sink in yet, doesn’t make sense really yet, but it’s really cool. It’s everything I’ve worked for. It’s something really cool.”

This is the most home runs in a season since the 2001 season. Bonds hit 73 home runs during the 2001 season — and Sosa had 64 that season.

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