Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit home run #42 yesterday and now leads the majors in that stat this season.
Stanton is only the second Marlins player to ever hit 40 or more home runs in a season for the franchise (Gary Sheffield had 42 HRs for the Marlins in 1996).
There are now only two current MLB franchises that have not had two or more of its players hit 40 or more home runs in a season. The Kansas City Royals have never had one of its players hit 40 in a season (Steve Balboni holds the team record with 36 homers in 1986) and Tampa Bay has had only one player slug 40 in a season when Carlos Pena had 46 in 2007. The Atlanta Braves top the list with 11 different players who have hit 40 or more home runs in a season for the franchise.
Here are the number of players that have hit 40 or more home runs in a season for each of the 30 MLB franchises. (For the record, Babe Ruth holds the MLB record for most 40-HR seasons with 11.)
10: Red Sox, Yankees
9: Cubs, Blue Jays
8: Giants, Reds, Rockies
7: A’s, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, White Sox
6: Brewers, Phillies, Rangers, Tigers
4: Mariners, Padres
3: Angels, Astros, Mets, Nationals, Twins
2: Diamondbacks, Marlins, Pirates