Stanton on historic run at Coors
In time, Giancarlo Stanton promises to collect his share of firsts.
The 22-year-old Marlins’ slugger blasted a three-run homer to left field in a 6-5 win on Saturday night against the Rockies at Coors Field. The night before, according to the ESPN Home Run Tracker web site, Stanton smashed a drive estimated at 494 feet, making it the furthest home run in the big leagues this season.
With his shot on Saturday, Stanton became the first player in MLB history to homer in each of his first six games at a particular ballpark.
“Anytime you do something no one’s ever done in the big leagues, it’s something pretty cool,” Stanton told reporters afterwards.
Obviously, Coors Field is a hitters’ park. But it’s also a place the Marlins visit just once a year. To roll off a string of six straight over two separate seasons is remarkable.
Stanton also is moving up the Marlins’ ladder in terms of homers at Coors Field.
Jeff Conine holds the franchise high of homers at Coors, belting seven in 22 games.
Stanton right now is tied with Gary Sheffield for second most by a Marlin. Sheffield posted six in 16 games. Stanton has six in six games.
By comparison, Dan Uggla, the Marlins’ all-time home run leader had two in 11 games at Coors.
MOST HOMERS BY A MARLIN AT COORS FIELD
Jeff Conine, 7 (22 games)
Giancarlo Stanton, 6 (6 games)
Gary Shieffleid, 6 (16 games)
Cliff Floyd, 5 (19 games)
Alex Gonzalez, 5 (23 games)
Charles Johnson, 5 (18 games)
Miguel Cabrera, 4 (15 games)
Mark Kotsay, 3 (13 games)
Hanley Ramirez, 3 (16 games)
Preston Wilson, 3 (19 games)
– Joe Frisaro