08/27/12 4:05 PM ET
Powerful week nets Stanton NL honor
By Adam Berry / MLB.com
Stanton crushed eight homers during Miami's 11-game West Coast road trip, including five in a span of seven games last week. His .857 slugging percentage and 24 total bases during that span ranked first in the NL. Stanton drove in eight runs and scored seven -- tied for second and third in the league, respectively -- and batted .287.
Stanton recorded his sixth career multihomer game in Arizona on Monday and drove in the game-winning run in extra innings a night later, then launched solo homers in three straight games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old outfielder upped his career home run total to 85, moving past Andruw Jones and Mickey Mantle (both had 84) for the ninth most in Major League history by a player under the age of 23. Stanton is only one behind Jimmie Foxx for eighth on the all-time list and two away from catching Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr.
Since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 7, Stanton leads the NL with 10 home runs and a .789 slugging percentage, and his 19 RBIs rank second in the league. He's bashed 29 tape-measure shots on the season, posting a .287/.358/.601 batting line for the Marlins.
This is the second such award for Stanton, and it comes slightly more than two years after his first.