This is exactly what the Miami Marlins envisioned for Giancarlo Stanton: when they drafted him in the second round as a 17-year-old; when they promoted him to the majors as one of baseball’s top prospects; and when they signed him to the richest contract in U.S. sports history. On Thursday night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) named Stanton the 2017 NL MVP Award winner over fellow finalists Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt.
2017 NL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton. Full voting details: https://t.co/kEoINIfOWQ— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 16, 2017
He becomes the first player in franchise history to receive this honor, finally getting over the hump after finishing runner-up to Clayton Kershaw in 2014. At age 27, he batted .281/.376/.631, leading the National League with 59 home runs and 132 runs batted in. The All-Star right fielder also fared well in a variety of other key stats:
The Giancarlo Stanton MVP case— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 16, 2017
2017 Stats | NL Rank
59 HR |
132 RBI |
123 R |
.631 SLG |
1.007 OPS |
156 wRC+ |
4.84 WPA |
6.9 fWAR | (tied)
7.6 bWAR |
And of course...
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Meanwhile, Marcell Ozuna enjoyed a career year of his own in terms of both run production (124 RBI) and defense (NL Gold Glove winner). Six writers noticed and included him among their top 10 candidates. Overall, Ozuna finished tied for 15th in the balloting with eight points. It’s the first time since the Florida Marlins era that two members of the team received MVP shares in the same year (most recently Dan Uggla and Josh Johnson in 2010).
If this proves to be Stanton’s final season with the Marlins, what a way to go out! His record-setting performance was already recognized with the Hank Aaron and Silver Slugger awards. And he produced with style, starring in more GIF-able moments than any other player.
In a live interview with MLB Network after the big reveal, Stanton called the MVP win “unbelievable” and thanked his father for helping him adjust after a forgettable 2016 campaign. Specifically, adopting a closed stance at the plate made a huge difference, in his opinion.
If Stanton stays relatively healthy, there’s no doubt he’ll be a top contender for the award again in 2018...but what uniform will he be wearing?