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Mike Stanton starts his spring with a bang

Mar 25, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

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The Marlins’ Mike Stanton is a beast, but he’s been a sidelined beast this spring, battling a leg injury. He made his spring debut yesterday, however, and he murdered baseballs:

Stanton not only left his indelible mark on the scoreboard — a tape-measure line-drive shot that traveled an estimated 500 feet — but also the Boston Red Sox and a sellout crowd at Roger Dean Stadium.

Stanton smashed two home runs on the afternoon, and when he was lifted for a pinch runner after knocking in his seventh run of the afternoon with a sharp single to center, many in the pro-Red Sox crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Because he’s a Marlin he doesn’t get as much press as guys like Jason Heyward or Buster Posey, but in many ways, there may not have been a more auspicious debt last season than Mike Stanton’s, even if a lot of people didn’t realize it at the time.  He may take some time to figure out the strike zone — he struck out 123 times in 100 games last year — but lord have mercy does that young man have power.

  1. nps6724 - Mar 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Dude can straight CRUSH.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I can’t wait to see what he can do.

  3. JBerardi - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I’m a Red Sox fan, and I’d cheer Mike Stanton onto the field. Maybe the most exciting hitter in baseball right now.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Definitely good to see the Iron Giant back in form. Buddha cause his merciful countenance to shine on NL pitchers if he ever manages to define a strike zone for himself.

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