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New York Yankees CC  Sabathia reacts after Tampa Bay Rays Wil  Myershit grand slam home run in MLB game in New York

Home runs are visceral. Home run to bring ‘em out of the seats. Home runs spark a reaction.

Batters experience the happy side of home runs – the glory and the accomplishment. The current style (going on 20 years or so) for home run celebration is the bat flip. Toss your bat aside with maximum flair or “pimp” your home run. Opposing team doesn’t like it? Get me out.

Here Wil Myers displays some bat flip technique belying his youth and inexperience. This is an elite bat flip.

The other side of the coin is the defense. The pitcher and catcher, scheming together to concoct a plan of attack, only to see the batter go deep. The anguish of a mistake or a bad pitch call.

In the GIF above, we see two pretty typical reaction from both parts of the battery. Both turn to watch the flight of the ball, hoping for the best. As confident as Myers in this shot, the battery holds out hope that the ballpark might keep it. (Video)

Sometimes, after a ball leaves the bat, the outcome is not in doubt. It is here we see the greatest variety in reaction – not unlike the grieving process. The type of reaction often relates directly to the potential distance a home run will travel and/or the significance of the moment.

Scouring the archives, researchers for theScore discovered six stages of home run acceptance. Here are the six stages of home run acceptance.

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MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton is one of the most fearsome sluggers in baseball. He hurts baseballs in a profound way. Just this week he did this to a baseball in Port St. Lucie, Spring Training home of the New York Mets.

For further reference, here is a photo of just how far beyond the left field fence that black screen really is. It’s really, really far from home plate. Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs dug in and tried to estimate the actual distance. His final result? Really far.

Because it is just Spring Training, this shot is only good for tenth on the top Stanton bomb list.

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Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

The Miami Marlins are not going to trade Giancarlo Stanton this winter. The Miami Marlins are going to build their franchise around Giancarlo Stanton.

This is the official party line of the Miami Marlins. Which is to say, it should be taken with grains of salt and no small amount of flippant disdain. The Marlins are not to be trusted. Not now and not ever.

This Stanton situation is very reminiscent of the Miguel Cabrera Marlins situation after the 2007 season. Miguel Cabrera won a very significant arbitration reward on his first trip though the process, setting himself up for very significant paydays down the road.

The grown cost of being in the Miggy business mixed with growing questions about his makeup prompted the Marlins to shop Cabrera, eventually settling on a blockbuster package with the Detroit Tigers.

But the Tigers weren’t the only team bidding on the services of the eventual AL MVP. Many other teams threw their hats into the ring. We can look back today to remind ourselves of the volatile nature of prospects. Hopefully your favorite teams heeds this is a warning.

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Cincinnati Reds v Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton plays for the Miami Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton is a terrific-to-excellent baseball player. Anyone who claims those two attributes knows trade rumors are sure to dog them. Giancarlo Stanton is the focal point of more rosterbation than just about any other player in baseball because no other player in baseball can claim his combination of skill, age, and availability.

There is little to no doubt in my mind that Giancarlo Stanton will be traded by the Miami Marlins. Well, there is some doubt as the Marlins are quickly turning from The Ruthlessly Cynical Franchise to The Misanthropic Franchise Run By A Despot. They are unpredictable, like an ocelot trapped on a passenger train.

Had the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton last season, they could’ve asked the world in return. A 23-year old slugger still a year short of arbitration eligibility, the prospect packages offered to the Marlins would bring tears to the eyes of most internet scouts.

But now? Maybe the outlook isn’t so rosy.

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matt harvey marlins park

Matt Harvey doesn’t throw harder than every other pitcher in baseball, though it is pretty close. Matt Harvey doesn’t have the best stuff of any pitcher in baseball, thought it is pretty close. Matt Harvey doesn’t have the lowest walk rate of any pitcher in baseball, but it is pretty close.

Many pitchers have big time velocity. Many pitchers have terrific control, others have great command. It is possible to have one without the other – pitchers who are able to hit the strikezone with regularity but don’t hit their spot quite as often, resulting in hard hit balls and stuff that doesn’t show up in a raw strikeout-to-walk ratio.

In a single at bat today, Matt Harvey demonstrated the value of all three – working together to against one of baseball’s most dangerous hitters.

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Bird sing. Fish swim. Giancarlo Stanton hits tape-measure home runs at Coors Field.

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San Francisco Giants v San Diego Padres

There isn’t a lot to say about Tim Lincecum‘s performance on Saturday night. Whining about his pitch count misses the point entirely, as though a six-year veteran staring at eight days off isn’t capable of throwing above a certain number of pitches – almost all of which were thrown in low-stress situations.

There is not a lot to say about what this no-hitter, a dominant 13 strikeout performance against the Padres en route to a 9-0 win, adds to Tim Lincecum’s legacy. Tim Lincecum has two World Series rings and two Cy Young awards – one great start in a gigantic ballpark can’t knock this ship off course.

But Tim Lincecum’s start on Saturday night wasn’t nothing. It was awesome, an amazing performance by a man with all the bonfidas but not a lot in the way of recent success. While Lincecum’s legacy is secure, this no-hitter gave some Giants fans a chance to remember how much Tim Lincecum meant to them, before the relationship soured ever so slightly.

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