Fans, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, Giancarlo Stanton (barring injury) will be crushing home runs on national television during this year’s Home Run Derby.
Giancarlo Stanton has dropped out of the top three in the All-Star voting and the Marlins right fielder has some ground to make up if he is going to claim one of the starting outfield spots for the National League. Stanton, who leads the NL in home runs (20), RBI (58) and all outfielders in OPS (.993) and WAR (4.6), is more than 279,000 votes behind the Brewers Carlos Gomez for the third outfield spot. Stanton has 2,130,519 votes. Gomez, leader Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, who is second, each has more than 2.4 million votes.
What to make of the Marlins at the halfway point of the season? They got there Saturday afternoon with a 7-6 loss to Oakland in 14 innings in Marlins Park that dropped them to 39-42. They are in third place in the National League East.
The Marlins announced Saturday they've signed 30 of their 42 draft picks. The deadline for draft picks to sign is July 18.
Giancarlo Stanton confirmed Sunday that he has accepted an offer to compete in the 2014 Home Run Derby in Minneapolis, though the team has not yet been formally announced. National League Derby captain Troy Tulowitzki reached out to Stanton during the Marlins’ most recent roadtrip in Philadelphia, and Stanton said he was excited to accept the offer. In the midst of a three-game losing streak though, Stanton said he is not thinking much about the July 14 event.
Wait a few seconds and you'll get an idea of the kind of personality Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler has. Koehler, who turns 28 on Sunday, and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their first child. Their baby, a girl they've named Riley, is due next Saturday.
June has been bad for the Marlins. Not like a few games here and there bad but historically bad. The Marlins' 7-6 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night was the team's 13th defeat in June and the second time in three games they've lost in 14 innings. According to both the Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN Stats & Info, the Marlins became the first team in MLB history to lose five or more 13-plus inning games in a calendar month. "Try to score," is what Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee said about the team's approach coming into extra inning games. "I don't know if you have an approach...you just try to play baseball."
Christian Yelich came off the disabled list with a bang Sunday, smacking a triple in his first at-bat and scoring on a throwing error. The Marlins hope Yelich provides a spark that they missed while going 5-9 during his absence with a lower back strain. "It was a very slow 15 days," the young outfielder said before Sunday's 4-3 win over the A's. "It's good to be back out there and trying to help the team win."
Jeff Mathis saw an opening and seized it with a crafty pick-off throw that nabbed Nick Punto at first. In the fifth inning of the Marlins-Athletics game at Marlins Park on Sunday, Punto slapped a one-out single to center off Andrew Heaney.
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton confirmed on Sunday that he will finally make his Home Run Derby debut. The 24-year-old, who leads the National League with 21 homers and 60 RBIs this season, was supposed to participate in the contest as part of Matt Kemp's National League squad in 2012. But he had to back out when some loose bodies were found in his right knee, causing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery the day before the Derby.
A core player is back in the lineup for the Marlins. As expected, the club on Sunday reinstated Christian Yelich from the 15-day disabled list. The team also recalled lefty reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans.
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Don't rule out Jose Abreu for the Gillette Home Run Derby just yet. The White Sox rookie slugger told American League Derby captain Jose Bautista to keep the lines of communication open as the Blue Jays' right fielder considers his options for the five-man squad.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has a golf ball-sized swollen lymph gland in the vicinity of his right groin, an ailment that didn't necessarily bother him until what ended up being a crucial play in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
Matt Joyce's big day for the Rays was one of historic proportions. The Rays outfielder went 5-for-6 on Sunday with two homers, two singles and a double to help lift Tampa Bay to a 12-7 victory against the Orioles. His numbers helped him into the Rays' record book.
With Major League Baseball a week away from announcing its All-Star Game rosters, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is busy preparing for his duty of naming the additional National League reserves and Final Vote candidates.
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The Miami Marlins made a series of moves ahead of tomorrow's contest against the Oakland Athletics. Christian Yelich is set to return from the DL, so the Marlins have optioned both Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani back to Triple-A.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton told ESPN on Wednesday that he is open to participating in this year's home run derby. Stanton missed the 2012 derby after undergoing last minute knee surgery.
Reid Redman was released by the Rays in 2012 after an underwhelming season at second base and the Marlins gave him a shot at pitching. So far, Reidman has a 2.12 ERA in just under sixty innings pitched over two seasons.