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So far this Major League Baseball season the new-look Miami Marlins have been as good as advertised. At press time the Marlins were in a three-way tie for the division lead in the National League East. One of the many reasons for the team’s early success has been the red hot bat of OF Giancarlo Stanton. The artist formerly known as Mike Stanton has been nothing short of sensational thus far. Stanton matched a franchise record by slugging 12 home runs during a sizzling month of May. Not only was he peeling the skin off the baseball, Stanton was flat out in the zone at the plate as he batted .343 (37-for-108) with a .432 on-base percentage and .769 slugging percentage. He banged in 30 runs and delivered at a pretty good clip with runners in scoring position knocking in 30 runs hitting .300 (9 for 30) under those circumstances. This is no small achievement folks, according to Elias, Stanton joined the legendary Joe DiMaggio as the only players since 1920 to total at least 12 homers an 30 RBI while hitting .343 or better in a month before his 23rd birthday. DiMaggio as a 22 year old in 1937 hit .430-15-43 in July of that year. We all knew Stanton had an opportunity to be special hen we first saw him pop up in the bigs. He is special — the rare power hitter who can also hit for average. Miami Marlins fans need to take note; we are witnessing the coming out party of a superstar. Already people in the know are spreading the word around MLB about that awesome “young fella” in Miami. So much so that Stanton was recently named National League Player Of the Month. Stanton is only the third Marlin to ever win the award. The others were Jeff Conine (June 1995), Hanley Ramirez (June 2008) and Emilio Bonafacio (July 2011). Sure it’s still early and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and start comparing Stanton to hall of famers on a regular basis, we get that. However, with overall team success comes personal recognition and Stanton has staked his claim as a budding superstar in the majors. Let us all enjoy the ride and hope this young man continues to make strides on what appears to be a great future in the making.
By The Sports Brothers
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