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Comparing Miami's top slugger, base stealer

Giancarlo Stanton has taken this trot over and over again in 2017. Photo by Juan Salas/Icon Sportswire

The Miami Marlins are the first team in history to enjoy a lineup with someone hitting 55 home runs and another stealing 55 bases in the same season, and if one looks at ESPN’s Player Rater they will see outfielder Giancarlo Stanton a few spots behind second baseman Dee Gordon. That’s justifiable, since there have been 5,677 home runs hit this season -- the all-time record could actually be broken today! -- and 2,342 bases stolen, making the latter far scarcer a category and, thus, more valuable when someone reaches a lofty total.