Even playing for a mediocre franchise, even after inking a contract worth the gross domestic product of that island you want to retire to, Giancarlo Stanton isn’t taking things easy. After hitting five home runs in the last five games, Stanton now leads the majors in homers, though it may not help his squad make the playoffs.
Stanton has not been shy about his frustrations with Miami.
“It’s probably the highest ever,” Stanton told the Miami Herald in July regarding his frustration level. “It’s higher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year.”
Many thought Stanton would be on the move with July’s trade deadline, especially considering the impending sale of the Marlins. Moving a contract as big as Stanton’s off the books could be key to getting the franchise out of Jeff Loria’s hands and under control of somebody who can rebuild the floundering Marlins.
The struggles certainly aren’t stopping Stanton from putting on a show for the fans. The much desired Judge-Stanton matchup didn’t come to be in the Home Run Derby, but he’s making up for it now. He now sits at 38 homers on the year, three ahead of cryptozoological Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
The Marlins currently sit in second place in the NL East, 13 games behind the Washington Nationals. Oddly enough, after last night’s victory over the Nats, the Marlins lead them 6-5 in the season series.
So, keep an eye turned to Miami for some long home runs, but don’t be shocked if Stanton is on the move once this season is over.