Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Iron Mike has a day for the ages
A young minor league pitcher, who had the opportunity to be teammates with Marlins rookie Mike Stanton for a few days earlier this season, had this to say about the 20-year-old baseball prodigy
"The ball makes a different kind of sound when it comes off his bat."
Wednesday night, that sound was thump, thump, thump, as Stanton had one of those days that is basically unprecedented for someone as young as he is.
With his 5-for-5 day, he became the first player to go 5-for-5 while under the age of 21 since Claudell Washington for the 1974 Athletics and the first ever to go 5-for-5 while also driving in at least four runs. Hank Aaron once had five hits as a 20-year old, but his game wasn't as good as Stanton -- It included an out. But a few Hall of Famers do make a Baseball-Reference.com list of players to do it: Fred Lindstom, Arky Vaughan, and the baseball legend Roberto Clemente.