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Giancarlo Stanton thinks Home Run Derby helped him break out of slump

Giancarlo Stanton home runEach year as we head into Major League Baseball’s All-Star break, one of the more popular topics of discussion is who will be the participants in the Home Run Derby.

The idea that the competition can mess with a player’s swing, to a detriment, is as old as the derby itself. Then there are some, like Mike Trout, who feel there’s a physical toll from the number of big swings taken. In any case, there are generally a few players each year who decline to participate for various reasons.

This year, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins was one an overwhelming majority of fans wanted to see take part because of his ability to hit moonshots such as this. During the derby, the young slugger gave fans what they wanted to see, hitting a ball that was a few rows shy of leaving Target Field.

Prior to the All-Star break, Stanton was in a bit of a slump, with his last home run coming on June 26. Stanton has homered in two of the three games played since the Marlins’ schedule resumed and seems to believe the Home Run Derby played a part in getting himself back on track.

“Having to lock in for the Derby made me feel better,” Stanton said via MLB.com. “I wasn’t myself the last couple of weeks. The short time off and the Derby kind of helped me out. I think it will be all right.”

Perhaps Stanton’s perspective on participating in baseball’s power event varies a bit from the norm, but if it proves to be true, lookout. A locked in Giancarlo Stanton is bad news for pitchers around the majors and good news for a Marlins team that isn’t completely out of the playoff picture.

Stanton is tied with Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs for the National League lead with 23 home runs on the season.

H/T HardballTalk

Giancarlo Stanton home run leaves fan’s hand swollen and nasty

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The Home Run Derby is the only event of the MLB season where the outfield bleachers are the best seats in the house. You know a home run ball is coming your way at some point, you just have to be willing to make a play on it. Jordan Jacobson did just that, and his hand paid the price.

On Monday night, Jacobson got his hand on one of the Giancarlo Stanton home runs that didn’t travel over 500 feet and almost leave Target Field. He was left with a swollen mess and no souvenir.

“It was extremely painful at first, then went numb after about 15 minutes,” Jacobson told Page Q Sports. “It probably would have felt better if I would have gotten the ball.”

We know grown men bringing gloves to the ballpark is frowned upon, but it would be slightly more acceptible if it’s the Home Run Derby and you’re in Stanton’s path of destruction. Jacobson knows that for next time.

UPDATE: As it turns out, Jacobson actually has a birth defect and did not try to catch a Stanton homer. He admitted on Twitter Thursday morning that he was lying.

H/T Deadspin

Giancarlo Stanton nearly hit a ball out of Target Field during Home Run Derby (Video)

Leading up to Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins was a popular choice as the favorite, and for good reason.

Stanton has hit the second longest home run in the majors this season and has two in the top ten.

On Monday, the 24-year-old slugger launched six homers in the Home Run Derby’s first round, most among the National League participants and second to Jose Bautista’s 10.

Among them was the above blast into the upper deck at Target Field, that wasn’t far from leaving the stadium altogether. ESPN Stats & Info gave it a projected distance of a mere 510 feet.

Unfortunately, Stanton didn’t hit any home runs in the third round and failed to secure a spot in the final. On the positive side, he gave us this one to watch over and over again.

Giancarlo Stanton’s broken bat hits Casey McGehee in on-deck circle (GIF)

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casey-mcgehee-hit-with-batGiancarlo Stanton swings about as hard as anyone in Major League Baseball, and probably has the ability to hit the ball farther anyone. The potential downside of Stanton’s mammoth cuts at the plate is being in close proximity if he fouls a pitch off or breaks his bat.

The latter took place on Tuesday and Miami Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee was in the on-deck circle when it happened. When Stanton’s bat broke, it flew backward and caught McGehee in the midsection.

Ouch. Talk about not having much time to react.

Thankfully, McGehee was able to remain in the game. He grounded into a double play after Stanton lined out to shortstop.

Giancarlo Stanton belts 470-foot home run to concession stand (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton home runThese gigantic home runs by Giancarlo Stanton will never get old. And Stanton was at it again on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

The Miami Marlins outfielder went deep in the game twice, including a 470-foot shot in the fifth inning that cleared the bleachers and bounced in front of a concession stand. It was a bomb.

Stanton has four home runs on the season, including a 484-foot shot against the Padres last week. He also hit this ridiculous blast in spring training that hit the batter’s eye in the opposite field.

The season is only two weeks old, and Stanton already has a couple of home runs that will surely be among the biggest bombs of the season.

Watch Giancarlo Stanton launch a 484-ft home run (GIF)

There are a handful of players in Major League Baseball who are worth arriving to the ballpark early for to see them take batting practice because of the show they put on. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is in that group for me.

giancarlo-stanton-484Few players can hit a baseball farther when they make solid contact.

Back in 2012, Stanton launched a ball at Coors Field that landed 494 feet from home plate. Yes, that’s in Denver and we know about its distance above sea level, but still.

During Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres, Stanton came pretty close to equaling his feat in Colorado when he got hold of a pitch by Eric Stults. The result was a 484-ft blast to left field.

According to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker, there have now been 11 home runs measured at 480+ feet since 2010, when Giancarlo Stanton made his major league debut. Only he has more than one.

Giancarlo Stanton crushed a home run to the next field (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton home runWatching Giancarlo Stanton absolutely destroy pitchers with massive home runs will never get old.

On Monday, the Miami Marlins slugger unloaded on a two-strike pitch from some poor chump with the Mets and drilled the pitch off the top of the batting eye on the next field over in the Port St. Lucie complex. The ball easily had to travel over 450 feet.

The guy Stanton hit it off of is a 23-year-old former 5th round pick named Jack Leathersich. Leathersich actually has some pretty impressive strikeout numbers in the minors, but now he can add that ridiculous bomb to his list of memories.