Team USA failed to deliver a win in their opening round game against Mexico on Friday night, with Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton taking in a 0-for-3 night, but the player formerly known as Mike Stanton did happen to make headlines before the game.
During batting practice, Stanton hit a ball deep over the wall at the Diamondbacks spring training facility, and smashed a car’s windshield located in the parking lot.
As we can expect for the next 15 years so, Mike Trout made a bunch of news out of a seemingly mundane act on the weekend. Mike Trout saw his contract renewed at just $20 000 above the league minimum despite posting eye-popping numbers with which your a very likely familiar. .326/.399/.564, 30 HR, 49 SB, highlight reel defense, 10 WAR, Rookie of the Year, runner-up for AL MVP, blah blah blah.
That the Angels would not extend Mike Trout a modicum of grace and bump his contract by more than they are obligated by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement doesn’t sit well with some folks – some folks including Mike Trout’s agent and, presumably, Mike Trout himself.
This is why beat writers both going to Spring Training. This is why the idea that the World Baseball Classic is somehow more dangerous than Spring Training is insane. This is why newer, better, baseball helmets are now mandatory across baseball.
More than anything. this is why Jose Fernandez, one of the top prospects in baseball, will never amount to ANYTHING in the game of baseball. That is Giancarlo Stanton you just beaned, Jose. Have you no tact? Have you no decency?
What an awful sight. Hopefully Stanton is fine. Fernandez, on the other hand, he has to face Stanton in the clubhouse. Expect his prospect stock to take a hit, as pitching without a head tends to be quite difficult.
Update:the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Stanton is “fine”, he signed a few autographs before leaving the field and claimed he was not dizzy. Poor Jose Fernandez, whom I jokingly chided in the this post, was reportedly upset and rushed to the clubhouse to apologize to Stanton.
The granddaddy of them all, the PECOTA projections, strode onto their virtual stage today. Any time you bill your product as “deadly accurate” it invites additional scrutiny but, for many people, PECOTA is the gold standard. Whether or not it lives up to that billing, that is a matter for taller foreheads than my own.
The system is more than just spitting out slashlines based on ageing curves and the like. Adjustments are made for ballparks (both home and away) and playing time. For many people, it justifies the expense (nominal as it might be) of a full BP superscription for the year.
Enough with the passive-aggressive sales pitch, let’s put these numbers to work: how to they expect the Marlins 23-year old masher, Getting Blanked raison d’etre, Giancarlo Stanton, to fare in 2013?
It is easy to understand why a fan of the Miami Marlins might be conditioned to expect the worse. Like fans of the Toronto Raptors patiently awaiting their team’s fourth quarter collapse, Marlins fans just count the days between faces of the franchise being dumped for prospects. Life as a Marlins fan is just space between Ice Ages. Not totally unlike other teams, it is just the on a more condensed timeline.
After dumping their roster to the Blue Jays, Marlins fans now must contemplate life without Giancarlo Stanton, the biggest piece left for the Marlins to deal, should they see fit. Much has been made about Stanton’s relative levels of happiness, mostly without any actual input from the man himself. But the sharks continue circling, recognizing the Marlins trading Stanton is all but inevitable. SB Nation Marlins blog Fish Bites has the topic covered from multiple angles, only one of which is realistic.
Don’t let that headline deter you, every team in baseball. The duplicitous Marlins insist Giancarlo Stanton will not be traded and, considering he is still one season short of arbitration, just 23-years old and one of the best players in the game, they would be nuts to absorb the kind of PR and on-field hit moving him represents. The Marlins, slimy yet cunning business people as they are, won’t hand over Stanton to opportunistic American League pilferers…yet.
Unless, as the asterisk indicates, they do. Intrigue!
What do you get for the man who has everything? More to the point, what do you get for a man who has already given so, so much? In addition to being a stellar baseball player (his underrated glove netted him the Marlins Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award), an invaluable asset for the Miami Marlins to squander, Stanton is also the consummate entertainer.
So today, on Giancarlo Stanton’s 23rd birthday, we offer only our sincere thanks and appreciation to the finest masher of baseballs and creator of jaw-dropping highlights. May your career continue on its very historic path, with the only bump in the road being you running your car over Jeffrey Loria on the way out of town the moment you reach free agency in 2016.
Hit the jump for some of Stanton’s greatest hits from this season. His prowess is nature’s gift to you, friends.