Congratulations to Giancarlo Stanton, your 2012 NL Player of the Month for May! (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
There should not have been any doubt that Giancarlo Stanton was the best player in the National League in the month of May, but it is nice to see the recognition. From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:
No big surprise to anyone who has followed the Marlins, but Giancarlo Stanton today was named National League Player of the Month for May.
Stanton hit 12 home runs in May, tied with Josh Hamilton for most in the majors. He had 30 RBI (third in majors) and he batted .343.
"I don’t even know if it was last year or my rookie year and I got player of the Week, I was like, ‘Geez, I don’t know if I can play any better than that.’ I thought player of the month would be something way up there," he said.
"It was a long process. I played well and helped us win a little bit. It’s awesome. Just keep it going."
Stanton was of course well deserving of the award, as he was a monster in May. He becomes just the fourth Marlin to win a monthly offense award, following such greats as Jeff Conine (yeah!), Hanley Ramirez (yeah!), and Emilio Bonifacio (huh? Oh yeah, the hitting streak). Stanton's month may have well topped all of them, and it was integral to the Marlins' 21-8 record in May.
Now, if Stanton can continue hitting as well as he has been, maybe we can talk a little about the MVP award. Just keep in the back of your mind, Giancarlo.