Miami Marlins Season Review: Reviewing Ehsan Kassim’s Preseason Bold Predictions
By Ehsan Kassim
Sep 13, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A jersey of injured Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (no pictured) hangs in the Marlin dugout during game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
2. Giancarlo Stanton will hit 47 home runs
Stanton hit 10 less homer than I predicted before the season, ending up with 37. He was a sure bet fire to hit the 40-homer plateau if he didn’t get nailed in the face. Needing just 5 home runs and having most of September left, Stanton would have also likely defeated Gary Sheffield‘s franchise record of 42 home runs.
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Getting to 47 would have been a long shot, even if Stanton did not miss the final three weeks of the season. However, Stanton did improve a great deal at the plate, in terms of plate discipline. Despite him not reaching my lofty home run expectations, he did turn in an MVP caliber season with a .288/.395/.555 slash line with a 159 wRC+ and a 6.1 fWAR.
Maybe next season will be the one that we see Stanton smash the Marlins franchise single season mark.