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New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton collects 1,000th career hit (Video)

The New York Yankees have had plenty of milestones over the years, now Giancarlo Stanton joins that club.

New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has joined the 1,000 hit club with a bloop single in the fifth inning in the Yankees’ game against the Washington Nationals.

960 of his hits came with him as a member of the Miami Marlins where he spent the first eight years of his career. He has recorded 40 of the 1,000 hits as a member of the Yankees this year.

The most impressive part of Stanton getting to 1,000 is in the manner of how he’s done it, the long ball. 255 of the 1,000 hits have all left the yard for Stanton and those home runs weren’t cheap ones either.

It has been no secret that Stanton’s start to his Yankee career was not the one he or the Yankees envisioned. After an impressive opening day, Stanton struggled and heard it from the Yankee faithful.

But, here we are on May 15 and Stanton seems to have found his grove. In the month of May alone, he has a .310 average with five home runs, driving in 11 runs entering play Tuesday night. With the hit, he raised his season’s average to .255 after it had been under .250 for the better part of the season.

While on this hot streak, manager Aaron Boone decided it was time to move him back up to the number three spot in the lineup against the lefty Gio Gonzalez. Against lefties this season, Stanton has done most of his damage with a .457 batting average, hitting seven of his 10 home runs.

Now 1,000 hits is a completely different milestone than 3,000, but it’s still quite an accomplishment. If it weren’t for injuries, he would probably be well past the 1,000 hit mark by now and closer to 2,000.

The next major milestone for Stanton will be the 300 home run mark and he is just 27 home runs away from that.

The Yankees and Nationals are currently in a rain delay tied in the sixth inning.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.