Miami Marlins Morning Catch: How do you spell ‘Giancarlo Stanton?’
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The Miami Marlins finally beat the New York Mets on Tuesday night. That’s great news!
What’s not so great is that the Marlins are unable to employ a spellchecker capable of noticing when their star player’s name is spelled incorrectly on the video ribbon at Marlins Park.
If I’m Giancarlo Stanton, this gaffe has me fuming. The Marlins roster has famously been reshaped more times that their fans can keep up with over the last few years, but one of the few constants in the dugout has been Stanton. They should know how to spell his name. “Giancarlo” should be much harder to spell than “Stanton,” anyway.
Stanton signed the richest contract in North American sports history this winter, and Jeffrey Loria and Co. pledged to finally right the ship and try to act like a competent sports franchise, yet it’s moments like this, and rain delays in a retractable roof stadium, that still keeps the hashtag #ThatsSoMarlins popping up on our Twitter timelines.
Stanton isn’t the only notable Marlins player to receive this treatment, either.
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Marlins have a hard time spelling Giancarlo Stanton’s name right
Giancarlo Stanton is one of the best players in all of baseball, and the Miami Marlins paid him as such this past offseason with a ridiculous 13-year, $325 million contract that will likely keep him in South Beach for the remainder of his career.
As the reigning National League home run champ, the 25-year-old slugger looks to capture the 2015 NL MVP Award and begin his lofty contract on a high note.
Stanton hit 37 home runs and drove in 105 RBI last season with a .288 average all while missing the last few weeks of the year after getting hit in the face by a Mike Fiers’ pitch on Sept. 11. The young superstar then had a mask attached to his helmet with a signature “G” on it prior to the 2015 season — although it looks a bit silly on his face, it’s there for a very good reason. Click here for full article.
Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek‘s early velocity problems
The Miami Marlins were closing in on a 1-0 win against the division-leading New York Mets, but Steve Cishek struggled in his one inning against the Mets. He struck out two batters, but he also walked a man and gave up two hits, including the game-winning three-run homer to Daniel Murphy. It was Cishek’s second blown save against the Mets this year, and it bumped a lot of his early season numbers to ugly proportions.
Of course, the key is that it is early in the season, so there is plenty of time to correct any incongruities. Cishek had not been getting regular work when the Marlins were struggling in the first few weeks, and they won a lot of their games in blowout fashion last week, thus not necessitating their closer. However, there is one thing that is worth pointing out early in the year for Cishek. Play-by-play man Rich Waltz pointed it out last night, and that may have been the first time the broadcast noticed something that some fans have astutely pointed out the last few times out: Cishek’s velocity is down this season. Click here for full article.
As MLS Reiterates Commitment, Marlins Park Remains Most Likely Stadium Site
Despite months of silence and political stalemate, professional soccer is still coming to Miami, MLS’ commissioner reiterated this weekend — and there’s still a good chance the new team will play right next to Marlins Park.
At an event late last week, Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez once again showed off his office’s three-dimensional renderings of what a new stadium in Little Havana might look like. He tells New Times that David Beckham’s group still views the site as the most likely for a new stadium.
“The site plan is done in a way to show that Marlins Stadium need not overwhelm the MLS park,” Suarez tells New Times of his vision for the complex. “In fact, the two stadia look like two wings of a bird, and the retractable roof as the torso connecting the two.” Click here for full article.
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