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Giancarlo Stanton exits game with strained right hamstring

Apr 29, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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Giancarlo Stanton was finally starting to come around with the bat over the past few days, but he could now be looking at an extended absence.

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Stanton left tonight’s game against the Mets with a strained right hamstring. The young slugger suffered the injury when he tried to beat out a tapper in front of the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning. After he crossed the bag and was called out, he quickly grabbed at the back of his right leg and fell down in a heap. Not a pretty sight.

The Marlins were dead-last in the majors in runs, batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and home runs coming into play tonight and things don’t figure to get any better without the only legitimate threat in their lineup.

  1. xmatt0926x - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I think the Marlins will soon be starting to consider some of the mega-packages that teams want to give them for Stanton. They probably should have been considering them anyway. This guy is not a young Miguel Cabrera with the talent to be a great hitter AND a great slugger. Stanton is a great slugger and a strikeout machine. Are the Marlins really going to keep turning down 3 or 4 top prospects for him?

    • paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      I think the mediais far more interested in giving up megapackages for Stanton than GMs. There isn’t any evidence so far of anything being offered since the Marlins have just said he’s not available.

      You are 100% correct. His contact rate does not translate to high OBP. He is a dangerous slugger, but not an elite hitter. He is only 23, and it is possible he could improve, but his power numbers are the only things that have improved so far….if he keeps striking out 28-30% of his ABs, he’s never going to be an elite hitter. I said it before and people pretty much universally disagreed with me, but I would rather the Cardinals keep Taveras than trade him straight up for Stanton (and it would probably take much much more to get Stanton). Cheaper, younger, with as more potential due to his elite contact ability.

      • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        GMs also need to take into account that sluggers like the Iron Giant put tushies in the seats almost as much as winning does – and a winning team with a slugger like that is in an optimal position to draw. Fans like to wait for that bullet-crack sound arriving late to the upper decks while the ball sails way to the back of the stadium on its breathtaking arc. I haven’t been to Macondo Banana Massacre Field this season but I can tell you that in the past, if you paid attention, you could hear the noise level drop when the Giant came to bat. Folks were waiting.

      • paperlions - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        People love to say this….there is just no evidence of it. The Angels added Trout and Pujols last year and their attendance went down. Wins put asses in the seats, not “star power”.

  2. breastfedted - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Jeff Loria is a joke

  3. moseskkim - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    This guy is pretty injury prone.. I don’t think teams are going to be giving away their farm systems for a guy who seems pretty fragile. He seriously was just getting his power swing going again.

  4. hittfamily - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Mike Stanton had a lot more tWtW than Giancarlo ever will. It is just facts people. Look at the last 2 years of the team he’s played for. When did Giancarlo come about? Very little tWtW. Hawk knows it. Craig knows it. I know it. You know it. Mike Knows it.

  5. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Either this “Giant” is luckless or made of glass. He spends as much time on the DL as he does active.

    • Old Gator - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Not unusual for solidly packed guys to be wound too tight. He needs to get into a yoga and stretching regimen.

  6. darthicarus - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    One thing I’m fairly certain on, we’ll never hear Giancarlo state he’s “In The Best Shape Of His Life” during Spring Training. (unless of course he’s getting over an off-season injury)

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