Fish Bites: Stanton Shines Early, But Falls Short in Home Run Derby

Rob Carr

In one of the most boring Home Run Derbys in recent memory, Giancarlo Stanton blasted some mammoth home runs off of Manager Mike Redmond, but fell to Todd Frazier in the semifinals.

Giancarlo Stanton’s mammoth home run livens otherwise listless Home Run Derby - The Washington Post
In an otherwise listless Home Run Derby, Giancarlo Stanton hit a ball that would have traveled an estimated 510 feet to steal the show.

MINNEAPOLIS: Fellow All-Stars heap praise on Miami Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
It took an injury and a spot opening up for the MarlinsHenderson Alvarez to land a place on the All-Star team.

Mets sweep Miami Marlins with 9-1 win to reach All-Star break on a high | NJ.com
Jacob deGrom allows one run in seven innings as Mets end homestand with 8-2 record.

NEW YORK: Marlins’ Mike Hill says team is seeking another starting pitcher - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
Even though the Marlins sputtered toward the finish line before the All-Star break and sit a season-worst six games under .500 after Sunday’s 9-1 loss to the Mets, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said he hasn’t lost faith in his clubhouse making a run at a playoff spot this season.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton stars in face of questions about future | MLB.com: News
For Giancarlo Stanton, the trade rumors are just part of his existence -- kind of like the tape-measure home runs he hits. But unlike the power, which Stanton has worked hard to maintain, the trade talk -- which has started to pop up again in recent days -- is completely out of his control. So as he was asked about it again and again and again during his All-Star media availability, Stanton was completely unfazed.

Giancarlo Stanton on Miami Marlins: 'No more backpedaling' - LA Times
The Dodgers appear fully stocked in the outfield, but could they pass on a chance to bring Giancarlo Stanton home?

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

La Potencia time: Yoenis Cespedes defends HR Derby title
Yoenis Cespedes beat out Todd frazier in the final round of the HR Derby and becomes the first repeat winner since Ken Griffey Jr.

Todd Frazier finishes second in Home Run Derby
Todd Frazier of Toms River shined in the Home Run Derby.

Derek Jeter remains stoic in final All-Star appearance
Derek Jeter is the only one not showing the slightest bit of emotion at the All-Star Game, insisting he will be treating it like any other game, nothing rehearsed or planned, is the man of the hour himself.

Jose Abreu heads trio of White Sox All-Stars - chicagotribune.com
Cuban slugger Jose Abreu's parents will see the Chicago White Sox first baseman play as a major leaguer for the first time in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

Nick Cafardo: Miami Marlins getting calls on Giancarlo Stanton, should remain 'buyers' - Fish Stripes
In his Sunday baseball notes column, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe notes that the Marlins have been receiving calls on Giancarlo Stanton after dropping their final two series before the All-Star break.

Fish Bites: Marlins' Jeff Baker solid off the bench, in spot starts - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins utility infielder Jeff Baker has been a consistent option off the bench and when he is in the lineup against lefties. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Andrew Heaney, and Giancarlo Stanton.

2014 MLB All-Star Game: Giancarlo Stanton favorite to win Home Run Derby - Fish Stripes
Giancarlo Stanton has the best odds to win the 2014 Home Run Derby, according to some of the latest sportsbooks. Will he win tonight?

2014 MLB All-Star Game: Giancarlo Stanton eliminated in NL finals of Home Run Derby - Fish Stripes
Giancarlo Stanton led the National League in home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby, but he was shut out and eliminated in the NL finals.

2014 MLB All-Star Game: Reactions to Giancarlo Stanton's derby performance - Fish Stripes
Giancarlo Stanton fell to Todd Frazier in the National League finals round of the Home Run Derby. Here are some reactions from around the league (GIFs included!).

2014 MLB All-Star Game: Reactions to Giancarlo Stanton's derby performance - Fish Stripes
Giancarlo Stanton fell to Todd Frazier in the National League finals round of the Home Run Derby. Here are some reactions from around the league (GIFs included!).

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