LOS ANGELES -- Each home run Giancarlo Stanton hits moves him further into elite company.
The Marlins slugger connected on solo shots on Friday and Saturday night at Los Angeles, giving him 28 on the season and seven on the road trip.
The Sunland, Calif., resident now has 84 home runs in his career, and he is climbing the ladder for the most by a player before age 23.
His homer off Clayton Kershaw in the second inning on Saturday night pulled Stanton even with Mickey Mantle and Andruw Jones for ninth place on the list of players with home runs before turning 23. Stanton had previously been tied with Ted Williams. The top five on the list are Mel Ott (115), Eddie Matthews (112), Tony Conigliaro (104), Alex Rodriguez (94) and Frank Robinson (93).
"To be in the same list or category with these names is hands down something you only dream about," Stanton said. "But also, a few of the names on the list are not on top of the all-time list."
If Stanton stays healthy, who knows where he may wind up on the all-time home run list? He has the potential to hit at least 40 per season.
So while he's already among some elite names, Stanton is focused on continuing to perform.
"Just keep it going," he said. "Don't settle for anything. Those names are untouchable for some people. But you have to keep pushing and try to make shadows of them."