It’s been four days since Giancarlo Stanton left his mark on the All-Star break in the form of a 510-foot dinger at the Home Run Derby. On a stage specifically designed to display baseball’s most impressive sluggers (and Brian Dozier), Stanton’s booming shot still managed to impress and give Miami their “That’s our guy!” moment.
While Vines of the homer may loop infinitely on the computer screens of some Miami fans, Stanton’s derby ball eventually landed. The Marlins (44-50) are scheduled to open the second half against the San Francisco Giants (52-43) tonight in a three-game series. First pitch is 7:10 p.m. ET
As the season resumes, the fourth-place Marlins face a 7.5 game deficit in the NL East and numerous trade rumors featuring the Fish as both buyers and sellers. And, as Miami trade rumors go, Stanton is involved with many of them.
Marlins could be in market for pitching, infield help as trade deadline nears | Fox Sports Florida
This report from Fox Sports says that Miami may pursue Tampa Bay’s second baseman Ben Zobrist or a pitcher who is under contract beyond 2014 such as San Diego Padres righty Ian Kennedy as the June 31 trade deadline approaches.
Giancarlo Stanton still unlikely to stay with Miami Marlins | Fish Stripes
In this column from Michael Jong, he examines the likelihood of signing the Marlins right fielder to a long-term deal. In an interview with the LA Times, Stanton talked about the possibility of playing for his hometown Dodgers.
Miami Marlins’ title odds tumble to 250-to-1 | Sun-Sentinel
The Marlins were in first place as recently as May 9, but have since slid six games under .500 and did considerable damage to their World Series odds along the way. Damn all stats, projections and predictions, if anybody knows who’s winning the World Series, it’s probably Vegas.
Jose may be a year away | Fish Pond
José Fernandez was Miami’s lone All-Star last season, and treated fans to a dissection of Dustin Pedroia, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera in a perfect inning of work. Now recovering from Tommy John surgery in May, an expected 14-month ETA puts Fernandez in Miami by next year’s All-Star Break. See you in Cincinnati, José!
VIDEO: Stanton talks All-Star Game experience | Miami Herald
One of my favorite things from the 2014 All-Star break was watching Giancarlo Stanton embrace the limelight. Typically, only around 20 thousand are in attendance to see his acts of freak strength and athleticism soar across Marlins Park. Stanton seemed to have fun in front of the camera: pimping his homers, pausing for a Gatorade break, cracking jokes during on-field interviews, etc. He also seemed to enjoy what was undoubtedly a great environment at a packed Target Field. Here’s a video of Stanton, beaming, as he talks about his All-Star experience.
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