Jun 28, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) breaks his bat after hitting a single during the 14th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Marlins Ballpark. The Oakland Athletics won 7-6 in 14th inning. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
First Half MVP: Giancarlo Stanton
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It’s hard to make the argument that anyone player has been more valuable to his team than Giancarlo has been this season. This especailly since he is the only big named Marlin player with Fernandez out. His 4.4 WAR according to Fangraphs is the third best in baseball. However, his 5.1 WAR from Baseball Reference is topped by no other player.
Stanton is on pace for a breakout season and has likely priced himself out of the Marlins price range going forward. For that reason, Marlins fans should enjoy everything that he does this season.
Stanton will be partaking in the home run derby during the ASG break. This will be his first major opportunity to prove how good he is on a national stage.