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Giancarlo Stanton did what Giancarlo Stanton does on Saturday, mashing a pair of obscene home runs into the seats at Citi Field in a 9-5 Marlins win over the New York Mets. His first homer, a solo blast to center field in the third inning, was impressive and awe-inspiring. But it’s his long ball in the ninth inning off reliever Alex Torres that is garnering all the headlines:
The home run is the longest in the seven-year history of Citi Field. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the shot was estimated at 466 feet, breaking the ballpark’s old record of 465–unsurprisingly also held by Stanton–by a foot.
Stanton now has 15 home runs on the year, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Closing in on two full months, or about one-third of the way through the 2015 season, Stanton is on pace to comfortably shatter his career-high 37 home runs from 2012 and ’14.
The Marlins might be 10 games under .500, but Giancarlo Stanton is always a treat to watch.
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Video: Giancarlo Stanton breaks own record for longest home run at Citi Field
Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-4 with a walk and two solo home runs in Saturday afternoon’s win against the Mets. His first home run was his traditional fare: a brute-force line drive home run to center field off of Jon Niese. The second was a ninth-inning moon shot that went into the second deck in left field at Citi Field.
That blast measured at 466 feet, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, citing ESPN Stats & Info. That bested the previous record of 465 feet for the longest homer at Citi Field, also held by Stanton.
Stanton now has 15 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .232/.326/.524 triple-slash line on the season. Click here for full article.
Dan Jennings is learning the ropes as new Marlins manager
The cameras, recorders and notebooks and the people holding them were waiting in a semicircle several layers deep in the visiting dugout at Citi Field. And then a man cut through the crowd and sat in his hot seat, wearing a black No. 26 jersey instead of a black suit.
Dan Jennings was ready to meet the media before the 11th game in his new role (as Miami Marlins manager) after about a year and a half in his old role (as Miami Marlins general manager).
“I’m having a great time,” Jennings said before a 4-3 win over the Mets on Friday night. “I’m keeping the TV off and the newspapers out of my hand, but yeah, I am. It’s an honor to be able to put on a major-league uniform. I’ve had fun and I’m trying to learn every day.” Click here for full article.
Baseball Statistics: Ichiro Suzuki Has 0 Doubles This Season
Ichiro Suzuki was never really known for his extra base hits other than the occasional triple thanks to his speed. In his first and I hope only season with the Miami Marlins, he has started the year 32 for 111 for a respectable .288 batting average. Of those 32 hits, he has 1 home runs and 1 triple. Not included in them is a two-base hit better known as a double.
Throughout his career, Suzuki was always a singles hitter more than anything else. His career high in doubles came in his rookie season when he managed to secure 34 of them. Only two more times in his career would he reach 30. In fact, his 162-game average for doubles currently rests at a rather low 24.
With a little more than 100 hits away from reaching 3,000 while playing in the MLB, Suzuki is probably less concerned about what the hit is and more about just getting on base with one. The veteran and future Hall of Famer is already a legend even if he can’t seem to get to ball to drop into the gap this season. Click here for full article.
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