The Marlins single-season batting records date all the way back to 1996. The oldest single-season record(s) belong to Gary Sheffield. Sheffield leads in on-base percentage (.465), OPS (1.090), and walks (142), all of which are from the 1996 season. The most recent records belong to ex-Marlin Giancarlo Stanton and his historic 2017 season. Stanton set the Marlins record for home runs (59), RBI (132), slugging percentage (.631), extra-base hits (91), and total bases (377).
Out of all of these records, which do you think will be broken first? Which do you think will remain unbroken?
Let’s take a look at where the current Marlins (qualified players) stand in comparison as of July 30.
Garret Cooper leads in BA (.296)
Brian Anderson leads in HR (15)
Brian Anderson leads in RBI (48)
Brian Anderson leads in Runs (43)
Starlin Castro & Miguel Rojas lead in Hits (103)
Starlin Castro & Miguel Rojas lead in Singles (78)
Brian Anderson leads in Doubles (24)
Starlin Castro leads in Triples (3)
Miguel Rojas leads in Stolen Bases (6)
Starlin Castro leads in At Bats (412)
Garret Cooper leads in Slugging Percentage (.474)
Brian Anderson leads in Extra Base Hits (40)
Brian Anderson leads in Total Bases (164)
Garrett Cooper leads in On-base percentage (.364)
Garrett Cooper leads in OPS (.837)
Brian Anderson leads in Walks (36)
Jorge Alfaro leads in Strikeouts (101)
With the sample size from the 2019 season, we get an idea of which records may be obtainable and which are far out of reach. If I had to choose one that stands the highest chance of being broken, I would choose the doubles record set by Miguel Cabrera in 2006, which has stood for the past 13 years. Brian Anderson currently has 24 at a little bit past the All-Star break.
One the other hand, one record that seems untouchable is Giancarlo Stanton’s 59 home runs. That is an enormous total, the most by any MLB player from 2002-present.
Leave a comment below on which Marlins single-season batting record you think could be broken first, and which you think may remain unbreakable.