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Giancarlo Is The New Mike Stanton

I’m led to believe that it’s more than mere coincidence that the name “Giancarlo” and “giant” share the first four letters of their respective spellings.

Miami Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton has recently informed us that his birth name is actually Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton and the mammoth home run slugger would like for us to now refer to him by his first given name. I doubt he’ll receive many complaints over this request.

It seems that the change was the result of official documentation already referring to him by his new to us name, as well as the increasing number of teammates who have begun calling him Gincarlo.

That’s not all according to Stanton:

Everything. Cruz. Giancarlo, Mike, Mikey, Big Mike, Big Foot, Bam-bam. Man-Child. I respond to 25 different names.

While there’s little doubt that Giancarlo is a far cooler sounding name than Mike, I think Marlins catcher John Buck has the right idea:

I told him he needs to have longer hair. ‘When I think of Giancarlo, I think of someone with long, flowing hair, like Fabio. But if he keeps hitting homers, I’ll call him whatever he wants me to call him.

Yup. Still terrifying. Still killing baseballs with extreme prejudice. The kid can play.

Not sure how I missed this but here’s Mike Stanton, excellent baseball player and Getting Blanked muse, flipping over the temporary bullpen wall in the cavernous prison which doubles as the Pro Player stadium. Luckily, both Stanton and the state of Florida were okay after this incident.

Getting sick of hearing about Mike Stanton yet? Time to get used to it as Mike Stanton, well, he just might be a star.

Stanton homered again last night, his fourth consecutive game with a big fly. Stanton’s reaction (via Marlins scribe Joe Frisaro) to setting a team record in another tough loss? “Oh really? It happens.”

Stanton now sits one home run shy of National League leader Albert Pujols with 29. Word is getting out on Stanton – this kid is pretty good.

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It was but three months ago that we at Getting Blanked declared Mike Stanton to be a terrifying force in Major League Baseball. His prodigious blasts and top-secret Army experiment size make him a fearsome opponent. He put both of those skills to good use last night, clubbing a grand slam in the 10th inning to push his Marlins past the Mets, 7-3.

Clearly we aren’t the only people quaking in fear before the Mighty Stanton. Hit the jump for some ominous comments from straight shook Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, courtesy of ESPN New York.

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Nearly every time I watch a Marlins game or see Marlins highlights, I am taken by how insanely imposing a figure Mike Stanton cuts (6’5, 233.) Dude is huge and, ohbytheway, he’s one of the best young players in baseball.

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels

If talk is cheap, Spring Training workout talk is “wheelbarrow full of devalued currency” worthless. Everybody is in the best shape of their life, everybody is primed for a big season, everybody is ready to leave last year in the past.

When it’s Mike Trout who starts making noise about improving over 2013 and being in the best shape of his life, people tend to notice. In a pre-camp State of the Franchise address with Angels media, Trout expressed a desire to bring his stolen base totals up after swiping a mere 33 bags in 2013.

Stolen bases aside, the question of Mike Trout’s future performance is a very interesting one. Specifically: how much better can he get? And on the flip side of that question, what would it look like if he got worse?

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