The stars seem to have finally aligned for Marlins fans and baseball fans everywhere as it appears that Giancarlo Stanton will compete in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game for the first time in his career.
Giancarlo Stanton may still be the best player in baseball that no one knows about. He has the fourth best WAR (coming into play Tuesday), yet is still in fourth place in All-Star voting for the upcoming All-Star game.
Marlins President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill said he called Giancarlo Stanton on Monday to reassure him the team is not looking to trade him. On Monday, ten months worth of internal trade talks by the Houston Astros' front office was leaked online by computer hackers. Among a couple of discussions between the Marlins and Astros that were posted included a conversation regarding Stanton.
The deadline for fans to vote for the All-Star Game is 11:59 p.m. tonight, and barring some ballot-stuffing that hasn't been seen before Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is going to need the support of his peers in the player vote to earn a trip to the midsummer classic.
Garrett Jones was among the major league first baseman who took part in a special Lou Gehrig video tribute that will air in ballparks Friday. July 4 is the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's "Luckiest Man" speech.
The results when Casey McGehee swings the bat are impressive. The results when he leaves the bat on his shoulder are no less pivotal to his 2014 success. McGehee with 100 hits entered Thursday night's series finale on pace for 192 hits. Only Daniel Murphy (104) and Jonathan Lucroy (101) had more among National League hitters.
Andrew Heaney isn’t mowing them down just yet with an 0-3 record and a 5.29 ERA in his first three major-league starts, but it’s a little much to ask one franchise to serve up another instantly spectacular rookie pitcher on the order of Dontrelle Willis and Jose Fernandez.
Across the board, Giancarlo Stanton is posting numbers worthy of being a starting outfielder for the National League in the All-Star Game. But he doesn't have all the votes.
Sitting in striking distance in the National League East has the Marlins weighing which direction they will go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Miami entered Thursday night 5 1/2 games off the pace in the NL East, and two games under .500. It's not ideal positioning, but it still is an encouraging spot before going on the road for nine games ahead of the All-Star break.
Among the top outfielders in the National League, Giancarlo Stanton's numbers stand out as the best. Still, the Marlins slugger must make up ground on the final day of fan voting to secure a starting spot in the All-Star Game. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, and Stanton ranked fourth in voting among outfielders.
Closer Steve Cishek suffered just his second blown save of the season Thursday night -- an inning after the Marlins took the lead -- and Miami dropped the series finale to Philadelphia, 5-4, at Marlins Park.
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria will head to Class A Advanced Jupiter on Friday if he continues to make strides in his recovery from a strained right triceps. The 25-year-old has been out of the lineup for almost two weeks since he landed on the 15-day disabled list on June 25, retroactive to June 21. He's eligible to rejoin the Marlins on Sunday at St. Louis.
Around The League
Though the All-Star break isn't actually here yet, we have reached the midway point of the 2014 baseball season. If we've learned anything from years past, it's that there's always a team or two who will surprise in the second half. Who will it be this year? These five teams have cases.
The A's and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority have agreed on a 10-year lease extension to keep the club at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.
The Rangers scratched pitcher Yu Darvish from his start on Thursday against the Orioles because of the uncertainty about the weather. Scott Baker started in his place. Darvish is now scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Mets at Citi Field.
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Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton confirmed on Sunday that he would be competing in the Home Run Derby in the 2014 All-Star Game. He still trails the starting outfield vote as of Monday for the All-Star Game.
After news leaked from the Houston Astros organization that Giancarlo Stanton may have been shopped in November, the Miami Marlins reassured the slugger that the club was not shopping him. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Brad Hand and more.
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