The Pride of the 818 is at it again. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Giancarlo Stanton homered last night. There’s locked in and then there’s whatever that is. Five straight games with a bomb, homers in 8 of his last 10, 10 homers in his last 11, 22 in his last 34. At this point, those numbers are starting to get ridiculous. At the rate he’s mashing, I could say that he’s hit a hundred home runs in his last 50 games and it would feel believable.
He tied the franchise record for homers in a season with his 42nd on Sunday, and shattered it with his 43rd on Monday. Normally, you want to a see a home run, but this is one that you only need to hear.
Since July 17th, he has 17 home runs. Since July 17th, the San Francisco Giants have 17 home runs. His ten home runs in August is one more than the Pittsburgh Pirates team has for this month. I thought the home run derby was supposed to jack with a guy’s swing? Turns out it didn’t mess up G’s swing, it unlocked it. And he never cheats you. Averaging 418 feet per homer. No wall scrapers for this cat.
And there’s normally nothing more tired than “on pace” guy, but on pace guy will be the first to tell you that Giancarlo is on pace to hit 60 this year. And that’s still less than three years removed from taking a fastball to the face that could’ve destroyed his career.
If you have a piece like that, you do everything you can to keep it and build around it right? Ehhh, let’s not get into that just yet. According to Smack off podium finisher, and Yahoo MLB columnist, Jeff Passan, Stanton cleared waivers on Sunday and four teams have inquired about trading for him. And one team has gotten far enough that they’re starting to swap names for a potential trade.
How is it possible that the hottest player in baseball would be traded in mid-August? And if not now, then in the offseason? Because he’s got a big, well-deserved contract, and because the Marlins need a total reboot.
I totally get it for everyone involved. Getting Stanton on a contender and seeing him in October would be great for him and for baseball. Right now, mashing in Miami might as well be Manitoba. He’s a guy who deserves a bigger stage and more love.
Maybe a deal doesn’t get made until the offseason, but come on, if something’s worth doing eventually, it’s worth doing now. Get it together people. He deserves it and we deserve it.