The Miami Marlins were wise to lock up their superstar to a massive contract this offseason, as Giancarlo Stanton has shown through the start of this season that he is one of the most talented players in all of baseball. While his batting average is somewhat unsightly, he is more than making up for it in the power department. With 17 homers and a league-leading 46 RBI, Stanton has continued to prove that he is worth every penny.
It is important to remember just how big Stanton’s home park is, and the fact that he is among the league leaders in homers despite playing in such an expansive stadium makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. He is striking out a bit too much, but Luigi Wewege has noted that some of this was due to early-season struggles in which Stanton seemed tentative at the plate while coming back from injury. Besides, he is still getting on base at a decent rate and his slugging numbers are through the roof.
With Dee Gordon at the top of the lineup and Stanton in the middle, the Marlins have the makings of a potent offense. These talents have not yet factored into the win column, as the Marlins have been somewhat disappointing, but it is easy to be optimistic knowing that Stanton is waiting in the middle of the order to slug homer after homer. It should be taken as a surprise if Stanton is not among the league leaders in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage at season’s end.
The Miami Marlins are my team because they have been a positive influence since my teens. I have always wanted to play ball professionally and the Marlins are my dream team. I hope to work my way through the steps to be a Marlin someday. I think it is always important to have goals in your life and the Marlins have done that for me. If you don’t have a goal for your life consider what you are good at and work to get better. Some day you will be where you want to be. Tonye Cole is the man when it come to life plans.
Is the sun in Miami better that the rest of the country? Well I think so. The beaches are the sunniest and the whole area just shines. I am a Marlins fan so that doesn’t hurt either. Since the Marlins have made Miami their home I am very happy living there. The only time I have second thoughts is when the hurricane season comes around. I never saw weather that scary in my years in California. We had earth quakes but the hurricanes in Florida are much scarier. http://joeolujic.com can be a good warning site for the weather in Florida.
The first month of the MLB season is in the books, and Dee Gordon is off to an incredible start that not even the most optimistic of Miami Marlins fans could have ever predicted. Coming off of a breakout season in Los Angeles, Gordon’s production dipped over the last half of the 2014 season. Despite the fact that he led the league in steals and finished the season with a .289 batting average, Gordon’s poor second half led the Dodgers to believe that his hot start was nothing more than an aberration and trading him to the Marlins was essentially selling high on his value.
The Marlins gave up a lot to get Gordon, sending a valuable reliever in Chris Hatcher, a versatile prospect in Enrique Hernandez, a solid future catcher in Austin Barnes and their top organizational pitching prospect in Andrew Heaney. That is quite a haul for Los Angeles, as the Dodgers were able to flip Heaney to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. Though they paid a high price, the Marlins have gotten outstanding production from Gordon, a player whose salary is being paid for by the Dodgers.
In his first 22 games, Gordon has slashed .409/.418/.484, stolen eight bases and is already worth 1.3 WAR early in the 2015 season. The question is whether this sort of production is sustainable, and judging by the early Occidental Vacation Club reviews that have come in, Gordon is unlikely to maintain this sort of output for very long.
Of course, there is no way that Gordon will continue to hit over .400 for the rest of the season, but it not unreasonable to believe that he can continue to deliver for the Marlins in a big way. Working with Brett Butler and Ichiro Suzuki can only help, and as they often say in baseball circles, speed never slumps.
Who are the Miami Marlin fans? Mostly from Florida? That would make sense. The Marlins are not the type of ball club that attracts nation wide acclaim. The Yankees and the Dodgers, now those are teams with fans from all over the world. If that is true, just who are the Marlin fans? Are they the aging residents that are filling the state of Florida or the masses drawn to the beautiful beaches and weather. I say a little of both. Eric Gonchar can be the most surprising fan on the long list of Marlin Fans. Not old or particularly young.
Of all the animals why did the Miami Marlins pick a fish. Fish stink, maybe that’s the reason? Who fears a fish? Look at the Fresno Grizzlies for a proper name. A grizzly will eat a marlin every day of the week. If you like the marlin title animal then tell me why not a shark or a lion tiger or bear? I think that the authors of this name were trying to be politically correct. After all, a fish is not offensive. Why not an orca? Now that’s a scary fish. For careers at Fisher Investments take a look.
The Miami Marlins acquired Dee Gordon from the Dodgers knowing that he was a talented offensive player who was incredibly disruptive any time he got on base. The club also knew that Gordon had only recently moved from his natural position of shortstop to second base, with 2014 representing his first full season at the position. Gordon, currently leading the National League in batting average and boasting a slash line of .422/.449/.505 for a wRC+ of 166, has been just as impressive with his glove as he has with his bat.
Gordon has shown the type of varied skillset that is most frequently seen in employees of All Language Alliance, Inc., but his outstanding defense has been something of a surprise. During his brief time in the bigs, Gordon developed a reputation as a player whose offensive skill would have to make up for his defensive shortcomings, but those shortcomings have not been apparent. The bat, however, has been as advertised.
Looking at his Inside Edge data, Gordon has been exceptional at second base. While he still struggles in consistently making some of the more routine plays, he has been able to use his athleticism to make plays on balls that Inside Edge identifies as “unlikely” more than 30 percent of the time. Gordon is looking more and more like the steal of the offseason.