There are certain things you should not do in life, and on that list of things is catching a Major League Baseball home run bare-handed. I have to admit that if I were going to a game I would not bring a glove and would consider trying to catch a ball bare-handed. After seeing this picture of a fan’s hand, who tried to catch a Giancarlo Stanton home run barehanded, I am going to rethink that.
Marlins fans everywhere have worried about the future of Giancarlo Stanton ever since he broke into the big leagues. More importantly, does that future take place in Miami? The answer is still unclear, as keeping him would involve a massive long-term contract, as the slugger has blossomed into an MVP candidate this season. However, an LA Times reporter offers some clues about what Giancarlo could be thinking, in terms of his willingness to become a franchise player in Miami.
The rest of the country found out what the Marlins have known for years now -- watching Giancarlo Stanton take batting practice can be breathtaking. On the eve of the 85th All-Star Game, the Marlins' 6-6, 250-pound muscle-bound right fielder put on an epic display of power at the Home Run Derby -- the kind few rarely see because of his team's relative obscurity.
Giancarlo Stanton didn't leave Target Field Monday as the Home Run Derby champion, but that doesn't mean he's done trying. The Marlins' 24-year-old slugger said Tuesday he's already looking forward to getting another chance in next year's derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, baseball's most prolific launching pad for home runs.
The all-Jeter-all-the-time All-Star Game started off the way it was supposed to Tuesday night when Derek Jeter dove to his left for a shot off Andrew McCutchen's bat, righted himself and rifled a throw to first.
The All-Star break could not have come at a better time for the Miami Marlins, who open the second half Friday night having lost four in row and 11 of 16. They are a season-worst six games below .500 (44-50) and are 7 ½ games behind the National League East-leading Braves and Nationals. That's also the distance between the Marlins and the top of the wild card standings.
One of the things Eovaldi has been able to control is his issuing of free passes. He's allowed only 23 walks compared to 83 strikeouts. "I think that's the best I've done with my walks-to-strikeouts ratio," Eovaldi said. "I was pleased with [the first half]. I just had those few bumps in the road, where I had that one bad inning. If I can eliminate that, I'll be good."
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.
Though Giancarlo Stanton took three trips to the plate as a designated hitter during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, finishing 0-for-3 with a popout, flyout and strikeout, his All-Star legacy did not budge. Stanton's presence here will always be defined by the 510-foot explosion he generated in Monday's Home Run Derby, and there was little he could have done Tuesday to alter that.
At the midway point, the Marlins can sum up their season as a mixture of encouragement and disappointment. They've made tremendous strides since losing 100 games a year ago, but Miami has also squandered a number of games that could have kept it closer to the leaders in the National League East.
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At least as we enter the second half of the 2014 season, we're making something vaguely resembling educated guesses.
After enduring personal tragedy, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has told team officials that he is ready to get back to work. Segura traveled with members of his family on Thursday to Washington D.C., where he will meet the Brewers to begin the second half of the season on Friday, one week after Segura's 9-month-old son, Janniel, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic.
The Rays played their best baseball of the season over the final month of a disappointing first half, providing reason for optimism within their clubhouse. But the question remains: Will they trade David Price?
For some teams, the future is defined as the next 3 1/2 months. For others, it's about the big picture. Welcome to the final two weeks before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the time when every club attempts to better position itself for the future.
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