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Giancarlo Stanton beats D-Backs; becomes ninth-fastest to 100 homers

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton clubbed two home runs in a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night, including the game-winning solo shot off Heath Bell in the top of the ninth (video above). They were the 99th and 100th home runs of his career, both coming in his 400th career game. That puts him in some elite company.

Here are the players who made it to 100 career home runs the fastest in terms of games played:

  1. Ryan Howard, Phillies -- 325 games
  2. Ralph Kiner, Pirates -- 385 games
  3. Chuck Klein, Phillies -- 390 games
  4. Bob Horner, Braves -- 390 games
  5. Mark McGwire, Athletics -- 393 games
  6. Joe DiMaggio, Yankees -- 395 games
  7. Eddie Mathews, Braves -- 397 games
  8. Ryan Braun, Brewers -- 400 games
  9. Stanton -- 400 games

One hundred homers in 400 games is mighty impressive, but we also have to remember Stanton is only 23 years old. He's a pup. Here are the players who reached 100 homers the earliest, by age:

  1. Mel Ott, Giants -- 22 years, 132 days
  2. Tony Conigliaro, Red Sox -- 22 years, 197 days
  3. Mathews -- 22 years, 292 days
  4. Alex Rodriguez, Mariners -- 23 years, 16 days
  5. Andruw Jones, Braves -- 23 years, 62 days
  6. Johnny Bench, Reds -- 23 years, 161 days
  7. Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- 23 years, 185 days
  8. Hank Aaron, Braves -- 23 years, 191 days
  9. Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners -- 23 years, 206 days
  10. Stanton -- 23 years, 221 days

I'm surprised there isn't more overlap between the two lists, as Mathews and Stanton are the only players to appear on both. That makes what Stanton has done in his young career so much more impressive. Remember, he hasn't the luxury of a hitter-friendly home ballpark either.

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