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Giancarlo Stanton chosen for HR Derby

       Giancarlo Stanton landed a ball in the center field upper deck seats at Marlins Park during batting practice a moment ago, leaving his teammates in disbelief. Stanton will put his power on national display in the Home Run Derby in Kansas City on July 9.

       "We're in there," Stanton said, confirming the news, as he trotted off the field following B.P.

       Stanton, who blasted his 17th home run on Tuesday, a 456-foot bomb off the batter's eye in center, will become the fifth Marlin to participate in the Derby, which is the main appetizer heading into the July 10 All-Star Game.

       "I love his chances," said Marlins coach Joe Espada, who throws batting practice to Stanton. "This guy has the best chance to win the Home Run Derby because he can mishit the ball and it's going to go over the fence." Stanton

       "Everybody's waiting to see this kid on that kind of stage," Espada said of the Marlins' 22-year-old slugger. "Everybody's talking about it. I'm waiting for it. He'll play to the crowd, the oohs and ahhs. He'll get it going. It'll be fun."

      Stanton was invited to participate by the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who was put in charge of choosing the National League's four-man team.

      Previous Marlins to take part in the Home Run Derby were Gary Sheffield (1996), Miguel Cabrera (2006), Dan Uggla (2008) and Hanley Ramirez (2010).

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      Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' top draft pick last year, is scheduled to make his debut for Single A Jupiter on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium. Fernandez was just promoted from Single A Greensboro, where he received All-Star honors by going 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 14 starts and striking out 99 in 79 innings. Start time is 6:35 p.m.

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Alex

He is deserving and also belongs on the All Star Team as the Marlins representative. I really don''t think this city realizes exactly what they have here in this Stanton kid. i have been watching, playing and coaching baseball for over 50 years and this kid is the real deal. He has the potential to be one of the greatest baseball players, a Hall of Famer. He certainly has all the physical tools, size, speed, power and arm, and he's ONLY 22 YEARS OLD. That fact somehow escapes people when they talk about him. Most guys are still in the minors at that age! And Stanton is still learning how to play this game; everything he has done up to now (70 HRs ALREADY!)he has done on pure natural TALENT alone. Just wait another two or three years when he actually masters the mental aspects of this game. You can see him learning every day, and getting better.

Miami fans are so blase about baseball that they don't even understand what they have here. If the Phins had a great young QB, the town would be going nuts. But a baseball player? Not many people care, which is a damn shame. If this was New York, Chicago, or St. Louis, this kid would have the key to the city, the fans would be going crazy over him.

flagstafffishfan

Way to go Giancarlo!!

bob

Well, there's one bit of good news now. I'll have a reason to tune into the Home Run Derby this year. I bet Giancarlo will finally be the one to bring the trophy home this year. Hanley tried a few years ago but couldn't beat Big Papi, but Big Stanton makes Papi look like Small Sonny. I'm willing to bet that Giancarlo could even break distance records here. Baseball will get its first taste of home run derby Stanton, and they will like what they see.

Go Stanton!

rbleigh

From previous thread; @ Stan:

Do you really think a pickup of Carlos Lee, Willingham or a Doumit puts this team over the top? I wish the team could trade for Lee of 5 or 10 yrs ago when he was a bonafide 30/30 guy but that's a long time ago. His OF presence would be no better than Lomo or any other out of position guy they run out there. Does Lee play 1B these days, then we'd have 5 instead of 4?

What this team really needs is for Ramirez, Lomo and Sanchez to hit the f'ing ball and Anibal to pitch like he wants a long-term contract. Anything short of that just won't get it done. Maybe just maybe Oviedo gets here and is actually consistently good. I remember one game (1 game that is) where his stuff was electric. If he could somehow throw like that on a consistent basis he'd be unhittable.

laurelbowie

Oviedo could actually be a great trade piece if the Fish decide to go that way.

Stan M

Alex, it's good to have differing ideas, but it is helpful not to misinterpret what one is talking about. I never said that those 3 players would put the Marlins over the top, nor do I think they would. What I said was, "All would help and cost little". That doesn't even come close to saying that they would put our team over the top. And I also said that I didn't think Winningham's type of power would play well in Marlin's ballpark and did not include him in the three I felt could help.

Alex

Stan, what the hell are you talking about? I haven't "misinterpreted" anything. I never said ANYTHING AT ALL about "those three players" or Willingham. Please show me what the hell you are talking about. No offense, but I think you are talking about someone else. LOL!

Alex

Very nice win yesterday! But Reyes continues to scare the hell out of me with his SHAKY, lackadaisical defense! He was freaking late getting over to cover on that play with the grounder to Bell. So far, I'm sorry, but Reyes has NOT been worth the 109 MILLION we paid him. Yes, much of that is the fault of Hanley and others hitting behind him, but lets keep it real, ok? Reyes is batting like .270. And his Defense is scary. SO FAR - not worth the money. Hope that changes!

Alex

I think guys seriously need to take more care when READING EACH OTHER'S POSTS. Stan just accused me of misinterpreting something he said, except it's obvious he is talking about some other guy, who I believe is "rbliegh" who posted something @ Stan right on this thread.

Then we have Glags who condescendingly talls me "I don't have any idea how teams are run" and says I wanted the Marlins to "dump Reyes", LMFAO!!! Glags, I'm 56 years old, SONNY. Don't you EVER try talking down to me. I am a business man who knows VERY WELL how businesses, INCLUDING BASEBALL TEAMS, operate.

Number two, I NEVER said we should "dump Reyes". LEARN TO READ & COMPREHEND, if you're going to address me. I did say he was UNDERPERFORMING & NOT WORTH 109 MILLION DOLLARS. I am quite aware that we are STUCK WITH REYES, for better or for worse. I sure hope it's for BETTER, by the way!

Alex

Stan, I BELIEVE you are talking about THIS POST. Which is NOT MINE:

From previous thread; @ Stan:

Do you really think a pickup of Carlos Lee, Willingham or a Doumit puts this team over the top? I wish the team could trade for Lee of 5 or 10 yrs ago when he was a bonafide 30/30 guy but that's a long time ago. His OF presence would be no better than Lomo or any other out of position guy they run out there. Does Lee play 1B these days, then we'd have 5 instead of 4?

What this team really needs is for Ramirez, Lomo and Sanchez to hit the f'ing ball and Anibal to pitch like he wants a long-term contract. Anything short of that just won't get it done. Maybe just maybe Oviedo gets here and is actually consistently good. I remember one game (1 game that is) where his stuff was electric. If he could somehow throw like that on a consistent basis he'd be unhittable.

Posted by: rbleigh

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Jolson

Climb up on my knee, Sonny Boy

Alex

Oh one more thing Stan. You REALLY thought Hanley would come back strong this year based on those FEW GOOD WEEKS he had last year after Jack McKeon made him the clean up hitter? Seriously? I'm sorry, I didn't. He even had a few decent weeks THIS year, but all in all, what I have seen from Hanley is DECLINE. Especially a big decline in BAT SPEED as he has a lot of trouble catching up to the fastball these days. Pitchers are blowing heaters right past him. Sure, some of that is his ridiculously long swing, but a LOT OF IT is his LOSS OF BAT SPEED. And I noticed that back even in 2010. It was already apparent. And I know you noticed it too, LOL! I think you HOPED Hanley would return to form, like we all did. But I seriously doubt that you really BELIEVED IT!

Cher

Get off my lawn ,Sonny

BraMan

Can someone please answer this for me. Why were we willing to offer Puljhos (sorry for the mispelling) a 200 hundred million dollar contract when Prince Fielder was sitting out there for much less. Jeez man, Stanton and Fielder in the middle of the line-up would have been dynamic. WHY?

Jackie Mason

Poo-holes is not Jewish

Henny Youngman

Neither is Fielder

Mel Brooks

What about Julius Irving?

Stan M

Just went on line. Sorry, Alex. Was so upset by the misquote that I didn't even look at bottom. I WAS WRONG! Hanley's slow swing is obvious to us all. However last year he had started to hit to RF, etc. and yes I expected him to be better than he has been. You can't see into my mind, so please don't write about what I might think, stay on what I, or anyone else really says. Bill James has said that if a player has a skill, it remains with him and Hanley had shown enough skills to be one of the most productive players in the league. Look at a comparison of these 2 players:
Hanley-39runs; 16doubles; 11 home runs; 41 RBIs; .260BA
Other--36runs; 18doubles; 12 home runs; 46 RBIs; .260BA

Yes, Hanley is having a sub par year, and again may I emphasize that it wouldn't upset me one bit to see him traded, but it can happen to anyone. He isn't that far off from the other player and that other player is Pujols.

And rbleigh, as I was wrong, so were you!

To Hell With David Samson

It's the Home Run Derby, not the Whiffer Derby. Stanton shouldn't even be allowed to watch it on TV, much less take part in it.

Stan M

It doesn't sound like a win-win opportunity for Stanton. He's very young and if he fails it could humiliate him. And if he succeeds, the participation is too damn long and he could damage his swing and//or approach while at the plate. I still haven't gotten over his name change. Mike Stanton was the name of an "all American boy" like Jack Armstrong. This Giancarlo stuff reminds me of a foreign person...that's not politically correct, but it's how I feel. So jump all over me. As a very supersticious person when it comes to baseball, it seemed like he was jinxing himself. Why mess with something that was working so well.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
I've said before exactly what you just said, that having Stanton in the HR Derby could turn out to be a big mistake. That derby nonsense is a meal best eaten by an experienced, established Big League hitter, not a kid trying to perfect his swing. As former Marlins hitting coach Jim Presley (now with the O's, I believe) and a number of other coaches have said, it's an established fact that some (not all) hitters have come out of the derby seriously screwed up. Why take a chance on messing up the best thing the Marlins have for two hours of boring idiocy that has nothing to do with real baseball? He and the Marlins have nothing to gain and everything to lose. By the time the actual all-Star game starts, nobody is going to remember (or care) who won the damn HR Derby, anyway. I know the decision has already been made, but Stanton has a lot of years ahead of him to think about participating the HR Derby and it's a mistake to do it when he's 22 years old.

flagstafffishfan

Thinking about the game last night and how it was a good team effort. I have to give HUGE props to Infante for being in position to back up that throw by Bell that Reyes was a little late for. Our boy John Buck seems to be seeing the ball better as well.

When I look at the new park and its dimensions it becomes obvious that the gap hitter would thrive in Marlins Park. Then we have our hitters and their approach. Outside of Stanton every other hitter on this team should be shooting for the gaps yet when you sit and watch most of their approach's it appears that our hitters are trying to hit the ball out of Yellowstone. Reyes has been spraying the ball around pretty good of late but Hanley and that HUGE LOOPY swing of his has to go. When he shortens up he becomes much more dangerous and has more success. Gaby, same thing. Derek Lee would have been a perfect fit for this park. Maybe our team's baseball IQ is that low or it's the "chicks dig the long ball" but when Marlins hitters learn to use the gaps they'll have some continued success offensively. When we talk of trades I just hope the fish bring in guys with higher baseball knowledge and an approach that will fit.

spitballer

Spitballer is coming to Miami for tomorrow nights game!
Any fellow "Fish Byters" going to be @ Fridays game???
Head'n over to stub hub right now to get my tix.....

Stan M

FLAGS...,
Couldn't agree more with your position on gap hitters. A slugger would be fine if we played in Phil or Cinn ballparks. Our FO wanted to improve defense, speed and pitching during the offseason. There really wasn't a slugger available except for those two that got ridiculous contracts. Because someone hits HRs elsewhere doesn't mean he has the POWER to hit them in Miami. That's why I would frown on a Winningham pickup.

Bono is also a gap hitter and no one was better than Coghlan two years ago. LoMo has that type of swing as well, but because he has been playing on one leg for so long, we really have to wait and see how he performs. Agree that Buck is making far better contact...who knew? Our chances for this year are just about gone, and moving Hanley and even Infante wouldn't upset me. But Sanchez is a Free Agent and it's my hope that they keep him.

There is no doubt that the next month is going to be both interesting and filled with apprehension.

julio

Quit making excuses for Lomo ...his leg has been fine for at least 2 months now. His hitting sucks .Period No excuses.

laurelbowie

I have no idea how Julio knows Lomo's leg is fine unless he's a close personal friend of somebody in the dugout, and that I seriously doubt. From everything I've heard, he's still hurting. The fact is, his hitting HAS sucked this year — just like most of the other Marlins. But unlike some Fish, he goes hard on every play, and he cares — and for that reason alone, I'd take him over at least half the guys on that team. Baseball is supposed to be fun, and it's a lot more fun rooting for a player who hustles every play than a guy who thinks he's great but isn't — which, by the way, is what Gary Sheffield said about Hanley recently.

Stan M

LB,
ditto and bravo

richiej

a lot has been said about how big the new playing field is. i think the new playing field demensions are about the same as the old one.

laurelbowie

MLB.TV had a bit yesterday showing Andre Dawson giving Marlins outfielders tips on fielding and throwing. Which raises the obvious question — why isn't he giving them tips on hitting?

flagstafffishfan

Agree Stan that signing a big bopper won't do anything for this team. Love what laurel said about Lomo. He does hustle and is fun to watch and is a little crazy too. Hanley and Infante are the two pawns right now and maybe Anibel. Do you start a little rebuilding but don't blow it all up? I think you do. Should be interesting that's for sure. Can't believe I'm thinking about next year.....sucks.

Robert  H

anybody that goes to games and watchs Lomo run down the line to first ,can tell you his leg is fine, morons.

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