If and when the Marlins trade Giancarlo Stanton, it might serve them well to find someone else capable of putting the ball over the fence, at least once in a while. By coming up short again on Sunday, the Marlins have now gone eight straight games without a home run, making it the second-longest power drought in franchise history -- by one game. The 1993 expansion Marlins hold the mark with a nine-game homer-less streak.
The last Marlin to homer was Greg Dobbs on April 5 at Citi Field in New York. The team's two homers puts them last in the majors. The Home Run Sculpture is supposed to light up and whirl, spouting water and so forth. But the gigantic contraption has remained lifeless this season.
"I've heard it's great," manager Mike Redmond said following Sunday's loss. "I've heard it's quite a sight. I just haven't seen it yet."
Stanton has not only failed to homer or drive in a run, he remains sidelined with a shoulder bruise. Stanton said he doubts he'll play Monday when the Washington Nationals send out Jordan Zimmermann to start the three-game series. Stanton has three career homers against Zimmermann.
On top of that, ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Texas Rangers are starting to pay closer attention to Stanton. Wrote Olney: "The Rangers are poking around and doing some early reconnaissance on how they could put together some kind of deal for Giancarlo Stanton."