Giancarlo Stanton is clearly not afraid of alligators


Giancarlo Stanton is pretty much all the Miami Marlins have at this point, so the team is hoping he stays healthy through spring training. If he happens to suffer an injury swinging a bat or chasing down a fly ball, so be it. If he loses his hand because he got too close to a massive alligator, the team would probably be pretty frustrated.

Stanton looked like he was on a golf course somewhere over the weekend when he spotted an enormous alligator sunning itself. He saw it as a photo opportunity.

He’s probably not as close to the reptile as the camera angle makes him see, but that is too close for my comfort. All I can envision is that thing its head around and locking onto Stanton’s ankle. We’ve heard of golfers getting dragged around by gators on the course before. Stories like that would be enough to make me keep at least 50 feet away.

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Giancarlo Stanton hits home run over scoreboard (Video)

Giancarlo StantonGiancarlo Stanton waited until the Miami Marlins’ 24th game of the season to finally hit a home run, but he sure made it count.

The Marlins slugger took a 3-1 pitch from Travis Wood in the first inning of the Marlins-Cubs game deep to left field. Really deep. The ball cleared the scoreboard beyond left field with ease and traveled 440 feet according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker. That’s what happens when your catcher sets up outside and you miss by half a foot over the middle.

Unfortunately for the Marlins, the home run didn’t get them a victory; they lost 3-2 to fall to 5-19.

Stanton is off to an incredibly slow start. He is batting .209 with one home run and five RBIs on the season. If there’s any good news for Marlins fans and Stanton’s fantasy owners, it’s that the slugger didn’t homer until his 20th game of the season last year and still wound up with 37. Hopefully this will get him going, although I think he needs to get out of that horrible baseball environment in Miami in order to do his best.

Hall of Fame Hopefuls: Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo Stanton wows Mark Teixeira, Jimmy Rollins with power at WBC

Team USA held its first official workout on Monday in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reportedly stole the show. The 23-year-old Stanton is one of the MLB’s brightest young stars. Comments from some of his Team USA teammates, who happen to be some of the game’s best players, reminded us of that.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Mark Teixeira said when asked about Stanton’s batting practice session, via Eye on Baseball. “I’ve played with a lot of guys headed for the Hall of Fame, but I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Stanton reportedly sent towering home runs into the parking lot behind the Arizona Diamondbacks’ spring training facility. The cars were parked well beyond the fence, but the slugger came close to hitting them.

“I think I was OK because my car is in Tampa,” Teixeira said. “Although, with the right wind, he still might be able to hit it.”

Jimmy Rollins was also amazed by the power Stanton displayed.

It’s one thing for the fans and media to talk about how incredible Stanton is, but these are MLB All-Stars who you would think are used to seeing balls fly out of the park. Apparently Stanton stands above all the rest, which isn’t exactly a surprise given his 37 home runs and .608 slugging percentage last year. What is a surprise is that he is only 23, meaning he could be one of the game’s elite players for well over a decade. The Marlins may be listening to offers for Stanton, but they might as well enjoy him while they can. It seems inevitable that he’s going to price his way out of Miami.

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Marlins not looking to trade Giancarlo Stanton, but will reportedly listen to offers

Ever since the Miami Marlins decided to basically start from scratch and throw most of what they did this past offseason out the window, no one has been more unhappy than Giancarlo Stanton. The 23-year-old outfielder is one of the brightest young stars in the game, and he is not thrilled about having to be part of a rebuilding project.

When Miami traded Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays, Stanton immediately took to Twitter to rip his team for the move. He offered no apologies several days later, reiterating the fact that he is unhappy with the team’s approach and feels sorry for the fans. Many believe Stanton wants to be traded, but the Marlins are unlikely to deal him. That doesn’t mean the phone lines aren’t open.

“We’ve never not listened to a deal on any player,” assistant GM Dan Jennings told Jim Bowden on SiriusXM radio, via the Palm Beach Post. “We’ve always been willing to listen… But what we are not going to do is move a player for less than what we value their ability. And Giancarlo Stanton, you’ve got a 22-year-old guy we think going forward has got a chance to be a .300 hitter and (hit) 50 home runs and be a guy who is a big-time run producer.

“While we are not shopping him, certainly not looking to move him, yeah, if someone knocked on our door and said, ‘Hey, will you guys consider this and this and this,’ you have to listen.”

Stanton belted 37 homers and drove in 86 runs last season to go along with his .290 batting average. He’s under team control for several seasons, so any team that wanted him would have to offer — at minimum — a boatload of top prospects. That being said, players generally get their way. If Stanton puts up enough of a stink, there’s always a way he can force himself out of town.

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Giancarlo Stanton rips Marlins for trades: ‘I do not like this at all’

If you thought Giancarlo Stanton was thinking irrationally when he ripped the Miami Marlins on Twitter earlier this week and would later apologize, think again. The 23-year-old outfielder is still upset, and he was not shy about making his feelings known when speaking with MLB.com’s Peter Gammons on Thursday night.

“I do not like this at all,” Stanton said. “This is the ‘winning philosophy?’ Then to say it’s not about money? What is the motivation? There comes a breaking point. I know how I feel. I can’t imagine how the city and the fans feel.”

“Jose, Bonifacio, Hanley … all three are gone now. I had people warn me that something like this could happen, but it runs against the competitive nature every athlete has, that nature that everything is about winning. This kind of thing is what gets talked about all the time around this team. Former Marlins come back and they warn us. It gets talked about during the stretch, in the clubhouse, after games, on the road. Again, I do not like this at all.”

Last offseason, the Marlins made a high-profile managerial hiring in Ozzie Guillen and spent a ton of money bringing in guys like Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell. Stanton is one of the best young players in the game, so you can understand why he was excited to receive some veteran assistance that should have made his team a contender. Instead they flopped, and Miami has traded away Buehrle and Reyes in addition to young superstars Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. They also fired Guillen.

The Marlins had a plan and they completely blew it up after one disappointing season. Stanton, who belted 37 homers and drove in 86 runs last season, is under team control for three more seasons. Why shouldn’t he be pissed?

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Giancarlo Stanton ‘pissed’ about Marlins trade

Miami Marlins stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton summed up the feeling of the team’s fans in one tweet:

Who can blame him? The Marlins traded away their top players in a surprise deal. They have decimated their payroll, and are now firmly entrenched in rebuilding mode. This all comes less than a year after the team moved into a new stadium and showed signs of promise by adding many high-priced players in free agency. It didn’t take them long to blow up the plan after a failed first season.

Nationals Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper has an idea:

Unfortunately, Stanton is still under the Marlins’ control for at least three more seasons. He might have to demand a trade.

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