Stanton closing in on 150 homer milestone

MIAMI — The next home run Giancarlo Stanton hits will be the 150th of his career. If the Marlins’ MVP-candidate right fielder does it soon, he will be joining some elite company.

Stanton has a chance to become the ninth youngest player in MLB history to reach the milestone. But he has to hit No. 150 in the next three days.

Stanton enters Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers at 24-years, 284-days old. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, currently the ninth youngest, belted No. 150 at 24-years, 288-days old.

The youngest player ever to get to 150 was Hall of Famer Mel Ott (23/196).

Stanton made his MLB debut at age 20 on June 8, 2010. Since then, he’s been one of the most feared power hitters in the game. The slugger currently paces the Majors with 32 homers.

There also is a strong chance Stanton could become the Marlins’ all-time home run leader by the end of the season. Dan Uggla holds the mark at 154.

Youngest Players to 150 Career Home Runs, All-Time

1) Mel Ott, 23-196

2) Eddie Mathews, 23-332

3) Andruw Jones, 24-158

4) Ken Griffey Jr., 24-180

5) Albert Pujols, 24-212

6) Alex Rodriguez, 24-255

7) Mickey Mantle, 24-255

8) Jimmie Foxx, 24-263

9) Johnny Bench, 24-288

10) Frank Robinson, 24-326

11) Orlando Cepeda, 24-341

12) Miguel Cabrera, 25-77

– Joe Frisaro

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