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Mike Stanton wants to be called Giancarlo Stanton now

Feb 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Mike Stanton AP

Mike Stanton‘s birth name is actually Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton and apparently the 22-year-old Marlins slugger wants to be called Giancarlo from now on.

Steven Wine of the Associated Press writes that the Marlins now list Stanton as “Giancarlo” rather than “Mike” on their roster and also display “Giancarlo” on his locker and his paychecks. Of course, Wine also notes that Stanton’s own father still calls him “Mike.”

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Giancarlo is a much cooler name than Mike, and if nothing else the left-handed reliever who pitched from 1989-2007 would probably be happy to reclaim his spot atop the “best Mike Stantons in baseball history list.”

As for why he switched from Giancarlo to Mike in the first place, Stanton told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that teachers consistently mispronounced his name in grade school and “it got really annoying having seven classes having to correct seven different people every single day.” He also has a brother named Egidio and a sister named Kairice, so “Mike” was never really a great fit.

  1. Ben - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t always change my name to my own name, but when I do it’s to something awesome.

    Also, is this site slow as molasses for anyone else? Other pages load just fine.

    • dondada10 - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      I’m having trouble on both my home computer and my work computer. At work, it’s slow as hell. At home, it’s slower and it keeps asking me if I want to stop the script.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Me too. Come on, HBT!

      • El Bravo - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Yep, it’s the damn endless script that runs on this page. It’s annoying and I can’t use at work via firefox. Only works at work via IE. At home, on mac, it works fairly nicely on Chrome.

      • Ben - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        I’m using a Mac and running Chrome and this site is painful.

      • kranepool - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Looks HBT changes it name to Slow As Shite

      • meyerwolf - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        I thought I was the only one! Every damn article, it freezes up and asks me if I want to stop the script. There’s a completely useless box to tick (“never ask me again”) which infuriates me even more, since of course it always asks me again.

        I only have it on this site – not on the football or basketball thing. Only on my home computer, too. I use firefox. It’s annoying the hell out of me and, after reading “Rounding the bases”/HBT for years it is very close to making me stop. (It’s really not. But please, help me.)

      • cur68 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Anyone running Norton Antivirus should use something else. That crap will gum up your computer like glue. For Mac users, the next step is to fix your permissions using disk utility.

        Finally, you can try these instructions:

        Good luck. We’re all just innocent victims of the Adobe/Apple hissy fit.

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        I’m a PC with Google Chrome and the site works wonderfully for me. That’s what you get you uppity Mac users!!!! 😉

      • Pierre Cruzatte - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        PC at work and it’s terribly slow. Plus, in IE7 & IE8, each page makes five or six of those ridiculous loading sounds every time. “Click… clickclickclickclick.”

      • Ari Collins - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        I stopped using Chrome on my PC for a couple sites, as the scripts got wonky. Firefox handles this and and Words with Friends just fine.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        No issies here on my 2 PCs with Firefox, so it may be local for you guys. I have found that the site is smoother if I skip the homepage and use the scrollbar at the top to switch between articles.

      • 4cornersfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I am from the future. We have chips implanted in our brains. Computing is powered by a diet of beer and Twinkies. Web pages change instantly and porn can be run in a small window 24/7.

  2. largebill - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    At least he didn’t go with Ochocinco

  3. paulydefense - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    He should just change it to Giancarlo Cruz.

    It would easily be one of the greatest names in baseball history.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      I think he should just change it to Leo Nunez, I’m pretty sure it’s available. I think that has a nicer ring than Giancarlo Stanton.

  4. rjostewart - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    A bit disappointed to learn this is his real name and not a tribute to Giancarlo Esposito after the most recent season of Breaking Bad.

  5. Ben - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I approve of this name change.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Considering his size, he should just go by “Megatron.”

    • cur68 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Considering Old Gator calls him “The Iron Giant”, Giancarlo really works.

      • Old Gator - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        The Iron Giant can call himself anything he wants. He is what he is. If you want to know why I call him that, watch the movie. He actually looks like Mi…er…Giancarlo.
        Incidentally, I’m mainly computerless in Annapolis and Baltimore for the next few days. My traveling laptop crapped out a couple of days ago and went to meet its maker (Compaq, that is, on a mail-ibn warranty) So meanwhile I’m visiting my son and grandchildren and, oh, yeah, Cowboy Junkies are playing two shows at the Ram’s Head.

        What a coincidence, huh?

      • cur68 - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        The vagaries of computer ownership, eh? Enjoy the show. Wish I could get the hell out of winter and do something a bit more interesting than edit. Only a few more days till the Iron Giancarlos unleashes bombz, wooo!

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Megatron was really that bad of an idea. Sheesh. At least I make myself laugh. Good thing he doesn’t play for the Pirates, or Megatron would look like Bumblebee.

    • foreverchipper10 - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions (I know, I know, football and that makes some of you cringe) has that moniker on lock down.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        I’m bringing it back! NFL is not something I’m a fan of.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I didn’t even know he is Dominican.

  8. gendisarray - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    +100 interest from the ladies. “Mike Stanton” works at your local auto body shop. “Giancarlo Stanton” is a Miami playa (or maybe just crushes a lot).

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      That a boy Disarray! You had to dig deep my Man.
      “I ain’t a playa I just crush a lot.” I wear this out on the Golf Course! Well done.

      • jwbiii - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Mike Stanton drives a Ford F-150 pickup.
        Giancarlo Stanton drives a Lamborghini Spyder.

  9. lyon810 - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:08 PM


  10. birdman6824 - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Been getting wait or kill pages and “Aw Snap” in Chrome for 2 weeks on my PC laptop at my daughters, and on my home PC using Chrome. IE on both is real slow but eventually shows up. (I can see, at bottom left, “waiting for” various elements in Chrome. Chrome is usually faster than IE on both machines for other sites

  11. azpackerbacker - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Still sounds better than World Peace

  12. SmackSaw - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    First some one changes their name to “Giancarlo,” next there is a horde of Seamuses and other rabble. I have seen this nightmare before.

  13. hank10 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    “My name is Raymond J. Johnson, Jr. Now you can call me Ray, or you can call me J, or you can call me Johnny, or you can call me Sonny, or you can call me Junie, or you can call me Junior; now you can call me Ray J, or you can call me RJ, or you can call me RJJ, or you can call me RJJ Jr., but you doesn’t hasta call me Johnson!”

  14. alqj24 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Giancarlo is my nephew’s name. This will be his new favorite player probably since I have yet to see anyone else with this name and spelled the same way and he will feel cool that a baseball player has the same name. Good for Giancarlo(Stanton) for wanting to be unique. At least he didn’t go Ochocinco or World Peace like some said.

  15. Florio_Jr. - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Hey Mike, I hear the name Leo Nunez is open, why don’t you take that. Or Ron Artest.

  16. uscfan1988 - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Giancarlo is his real name anyways. I have no trouble with this site and I use Chrome on my macbook with no issue

  17. humanexcrement - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Yeah, I get that. Not only because of the other Mike Stanton that pitched not too long ago for some very high-profile Yankee teams (among others), but who wants a generic name like Bill Jones or Steve Anderson or Dave Williams when you can be Giancarlo or something like it? That’s one thing I never got about the Steve Miller Band. Okay, if your name is Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen or Ozzy Osbourne (yes, I know his real name is John) you can name the band after yourself. But Steve Miller? Steve Miller is the name of a guy who sells insurance in Scranton, PA or used cars in Des Moines, Iowa.

  18. atworkident - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I want to be called Terd Fergueson.

  19. hushbrother - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    The greatest Stanton of all time is Harry Dean.

  20. thegonz13 - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Change your name to Giancarlo Dos Siete. Matches your number, fits great in Miami… oh, and it continues the “Ochocinco” thing!

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