SUN LIFE STADIUM -- Omar Infante was the hero Monday night for the Marlins.
Mike Stanton remains the story.
His first big bop -- a solo home run which gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first -- landed in section 411, about 10 rows up, between the Dolphins' Ring of Honor memorials for Jim Langer and Paul Warfield in left field. By most observers estimations, the only guy who has hit one deeper into the upper deck here was Andres Galarraga -- a 529-foot shot -- back on May 31, 1997.
Stanton's second home run -- another solo shot that made it 2-0 Marlins in the third inning -- caromed off the teal seats in section 216, just to left of center field, the deepest part of the park.
With 34 home runs, Stanton is now tied with Miguel Cabrera (2007) for the second-most home runs in a season by a Marlin -- eight behind Gary Sheffield (1996) for the franchise record.
On a bigger scale, he's just the seventh player in major league history 21 or younger to have at least 34 homers in a season. The others: Eddie Mathews (47), Mel Ott (42), Frank Robinson (38), Albert Pujols (37), Alex Rodriguez (36) and Hal Trosky (35).
In 242 career games, Stanton has 56 homers. That's the same amount Willie Mays and Pujols had to start their careers too.
"He is different," catcher John Buck said after Monday's win. "From the first day I saw him take batting practice I've never seen anything like it. We have how many days left in the season, eight? He just impressed me again."