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Mike Stanton Hits Two More HRs -- One Goes 480 Ft.


    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has a 12-year-old nephew who sends him text messages whenever Mike Stanton does something special for Double A Jacksonville. Based on the season Stanton has had so far, let's hope the kid has an unlimited texting plan with his phone company.

    Stanton belted two more home runs on Tuesday, one of which traveled an estimated 480 feet. The two shots increased his season total to 20 -- most in the pros -- and raised the level of anticipation on his Marlins arrival to even greater heights. When will that day come? June 5 has been tossed around as a possible cutoff date for when he'll no longer qualify for Super Two status. The guess here is the Marlins will call him up shortly after, perhaps on the upcoming road trip when the Marlins go to New York, Philadelphia and Tampa. These next two games against the Brewers might be the last time the Marlins play at home without Stanton in their lineup.

    Loria was standing inside the Marlins clubhouse after tonight's win and pointed to his cell phone, which contained a text message from his nephew indicating that Stanton had hit another one. Loria said he was told that one of the home runs left the ballpark in Jacksonville. It shouldn't be long before Stanton is flexing his muscle in South Florida. Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was on hand in Jax to watch Stanton perform on Tuesday, as was assistant general manager Dan Jennings.

    By the way, check out this interesting article in the Florida Times-Union, which ranks Stanton as the sixth-best player to play for Jacksonville during its 40 years as a Double A city. Keep in mind, when reading the article, that players are ranked on how they performed in Jax, not how they turned out in the majors, if they even made it that far. Take the #2-ranked player, outfielder Terrell Hansen. He's high on the list because he's the only player to hit at least 20 home runs in three different seasons. But he never made it past Triple A, where he spent six seasons.The top-ranked player is Gabe Kapler. There are two former Marlins on the list, and both are ranked higher than Stanton. Outfielder Juan Encarnacion checks in at No. 4 while pitcher Brian Moehler is right behind him at 5. Even more interesting: Randy Johnson didn't crack the top 10.

    -- While Stanton was having another huge night, the evening didn't go so well for Sean West, who was appearing in his first game of the season for Triple A New Orleans and was knocked out in the second inning. West went into spring training as a candidate to crack the Marlins rotation but was eliminated early due to big-time control problems. Back issues had kept him sidelined until Tuesday. West didn't give up any runs. But he threw a lot of pitches (59) in just an inning and two-thirds. He walked two.

    -- Not sure how much effort the Marlins put into acquiring Dontrelle Willis from the Tigers, as opinions on him within the organization were mixed. But it looks like Willis found a better fit with the Diamondbacks, who got him for a minor-league pitcher -- Billy Buckner -- and cash (the Tigers are eating his salary). The pitching-starved D-Backs are plugging Willis into their rotation. With no openings in their own rotation, the Marlins would have tried him in the bullpen, and most likely in the minors to start.

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J-Dawg

With Cogs heating up.....where will Stanton play? I really think the Marlins will have a problem playing the 4 OF's. Ross is the Vet that will help the 3 youngsters, Maybin is the speed demon that the Marlins truly needs and then Cogs, when hitting is just a hitting machine. You need all three. But you can pass on the talent that Stanton brings to the table. My suggestion, bring Maybin to the minors for one more year of learning the strike zone, play Cogs in LF, Ross in CF and Stanton in RF.

Beasly

I agree. It's got to be Maybin. He needs playing time to learn, so he will go down to AAA. Then next year, our starting outfielders will be Couglin, Maybin, and Stanton...

PSL BILL

how about trading for some relief pitching and putting coghlin where he belongs at 2nd. everyone knows that cheapo Loria is not willing to pay Uggla what he will be worth after another 30+ hr year. time to get some value from him now when pitching is what is needed most. loria still sucks.

Jacob

Maybin is the speed demon that the Marlins truly need??? What does that even mean? How much did Bonifacio's speed help last year? Give me a break.

Matt

We need relievers more than anything. Trading Uggla or Ross could definitely help us get a couple really proven relievers. The bullpen has cost us more wins than anything else this season and it needs to be fixed. Last night was another case. If Loria wants to compete, he will make some trades for some relief help.

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