Sunday mornings at the ballpark is usually a good time to catch ballplayers taking things lightly and joking around. Such was the case this morning with Marlins outfielders Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton.
"A Superman cape," Morrison said.
"Only if you buy it," Stanton replied.
"You can go as Superman and I'll go as Wonder Woman," Morrison fired back.
"Yeah, but you have to wear the short shorts," Stanton answered.
Stanton, who is tied for fourth in the National League with 16 home runs entering Sunday, has homered in three straight games for the Marlins. He's done that twice before. On Aug. 11-13, he he hit four homers in three games vs. the Nationals and Reds. Then, on Sept. 6 at Philadelphia, he hit a homer in each game of a double header before hitting a third blast the next day.
The Marlins record for consecutive home run games is four, last done by Josh Willingham from Sept. 22-26.
Stanton, who doesn't like to talk too much about his home runs, estimates that of his 16 homers this season he thinks he's only hit about "six to seven with good wood."
"Last night was probably the first one in the last five I actually felt like I got good part of the barrel on it," Stanton said. "But you know, I really don't care about that stuff."
Earlier this week, Marlins radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner said during a broadcast that the Diamondbacks' scouting report on Stanton listed him with "Herman Munster power." Stanton definitely displayed that Saturday night with a 430-foot plus blast to center field off Ian Kennedy in the fifth inning.
The home run was among the top three longest for Stanton this season. According to hittrackeronline.com, Stanton's 465-foot blast to centerfield at CitiField ranks as the fifth longest in baseball this season. Among NL power hitters, Stanton is tied for first with the Diamondbacks Justin Upton for the most "no doubt home runs" with six according to the website.
"It's just ridiculous man," Morrison said of Stanton's power. "The guy hit 16 home runs and he's hardly hit any of them good."
Entering Sunday, Stanton has played in 160 major league games and is hitting .260 with 38 home runs, 98 RBI and 184 strikeouts.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only eight players to debut since 1910 have hit more over their first 160 games. Rudy York had 54, Mark McGwire 49; Ryan Braun 47; Chuck Klein 44; Ryan Howard 43; Bob Horner 42; Tony CLark 40; and Frank Robinson 39. Three others have hit 38: Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria and Wally Berger.
Stanton, by the way, would only get to participate in the home run derby if he earns an All-Star selection.
> Speaking of Morrison, the left fielder said he'll be going to Game 6 of the NBA Finals tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena with a Marlins fan.
"Dan has season tickets to Heat games and usually sits in left field here," Morrison said. "He saw me at the last Heat game and said if I wanted to go to next Heat game with him to let him know. So I gave him my number. He's got good seats, 24 rows up, section 113."
Morrison said the Finals is the first championship series he's ever been to. His advice to the Heat? They need to take it to the hole stronger.
"I think they settle for too many jump shots," Morrison said. "They don't know how to run an offense. Kind of sounds like us. We get them on, can't get them in it."
> Marlins lineup vs. ARI: 1. Coghlan CF, 2. Infante 2B, 3. Morrison LF, 4. Sanchez 1B, 5. Stanton RF, 6. Dobbs 3B, 7. Bonifacio SS, 8. Hayes C, 9. Hand P