Giancarlo Stanton on Marlins future: ‘Five months doesn’t change five years’

Giancarlo-Stanton-MarlinsThe Miami Marlins are still in playoff contention, and April 25th came and went a long time ago. Imagine that. Currently 65-65 and 10 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East, the Marlins are just three games back in the Wild Card race. Could they actually make the playoffs.

As expected, Giancarlo Stanton has led the way for Miami at the plate. The 24-year-old is hitting .299 with 33 homers, 97 RBI and an on-base percentage of .407 during his MVP-caliber season. He’ll also be a free agent in two years. If the Marlins make the playoffs, would Stanton consider signing an extension?

“Five months doesn’t change five years,” Stanton recently told Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Those six words say it all. The Marlins have lost 90 or more games in each of the last three seasons. They lost 100 last year in what was Stanton’s worst season (.249/24/62) as a full-time MLB player. Stanton admitted that the horrible 2013 season left a foul taste in his mouth.

“The way I felt last year, with the whole situation of losing and not playing my best, that was one of the worst feelings I ever had,” he explained. “I put it as a waste of time. I spent all that time in the offseason. To lose 100 games and to not do my best? It was like, ‘What’d I do all that in the offseason for?’”

Stanton said the Marlins are moving in a “positive direction,” but he is clearly hesitant to look ahead. While Miami has played much better this season, three games could be a lot to make up for a team that has perfected the art of losing over the past several seasons.

“We’ve definitely done better than anyone thought we would do,” Stanton said. “At the same time, we’re still not where we need to be to keep playing beyond the designed schedule. … I want to be the only game on TV at the end of the day.”

The Marlins will at least make an attempt to sign Stanton to a long-term extension, but does he trust that they will assemble a winning team around him? This is a team with a $46 million payroll, and Stanton’s yearly salary will be at least equivalent to the $24 million Mike Trout recently agreed to with the LA Angels. Staying in Miami doesn’t seem like an option. Expect the Marlins to trade Stanton for a boatload of top prospects sooner rather than later.

Giancarlo Stanton hits another 470-foot home run (Video)

Giancarlo-Stanton-home-runGiancarlo Stanton has hit five home runs in his last five games. The 24-year-old phenom is on a tear at the plate, and many of his 31 homers this year could have probably left the ballpark twice if possible. His second of two long balls on Monday night traveled an estimated 470 feet.

Stanton, who homered in the first and third innings, has now hit seven home runs of 450 feet or more this season. That is more than any other team combined, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

When Jay Bruce robbed Stanton of a homer on Sunday, I joked that Stanton will have to hit it further over the wall next time if he wants it to count. I didn’t think he’d shut me up the very next day.

Oh, and Stanton can get it done with the glove, too. After belting his two homers, Stanton made a great play to rob Kolten Wong of extra bases in the fifth inning.

Is there anything this guy can’t do?

Jay Bruce robs Giancarlo Stanton of home run (Video)

Jay-Bruce-robs-home-runMiami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th home run of the season in the 1st inning against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He should have followed it up by blasting his 30th homer of the year in the 8th, but Jay Bruce had other plans.

Stanton hit a high fly ball to the opposite field that looked like it was going to clear the wall, but Bruce timed his jump perfectly to make the catch. The ball hung up in the air for so long that it would have been understandable if Bruce lost track of it.

See what happens when you don’t launch it 100 feet over the fence, Giancarlo? Better to be safe and hit the ball a mile next time.

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


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.