Giancarlo Stanton is probably the second to best known Marlin behind the late Jose Fernandez. His contributions to the organization along with the time and effort he put into the club is why he finds himself as the best Marlin of all-time.
The Marlins selected Stanton in the second round, 76th overall, of the 2007 MLB draft. He was assigned to the Jamestown Jammers and after nine games he was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League. In Class A he hit for a .293 average with 39 home runs and 97 RBIs while producing a .993 OPS.
Giancarlo quickly moved through the Marlins’ minor league system. After splitting time between three minor league affiliates, Stanton made his debut in June of 2010 at the age of 20.
He went 3-5 and scored twice in his debut. Stanton is known for his power, he his first big league home run on June 18, 2010. Not only was it a home run it was a grand slam and Stanton became the sixth Marlin hit a grand slam as his first home run. It came ten days after making his debut.
Stanton was having trouble being a consistent hitter at the plate due to leg and eye injuries. After making a recovery from those lingering injuries Stanton became a bigger threat at the plate. At the end of his sophomore season, Stanton finished with a .262 average, 34 home runs and 87 RBIs. His numbers allowed him to finish 23rd in National League MVP voting.
2012 All-Star Season
Stanton was voted into his first All-Star game and was chosen to participate in the home run derby. However, he would miss both events due to knee surgery after feeling knee soreness in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Giancarlo finished his All-Star season with a .290 average, 37 home runs, and 87 RBIs.
Giancarlo was looking to match his impressive 2012 season but an injured hamstring resulted in him missing six weeks or ¼ of the regular season. Stanton finished his season with a .249 average, 24 home runs, and 62 RBIs. Despite his low numbers compared to his previous season, Stanton was still able to hit his 99th and 100th home runs before season’s end.
2014 Near MVP Season
Giancarlo’s 2014 season seemed as if he was destined to be voted as the NL MVP. He hit his 154th career home run which tied Dan Uggla for the franchise record. Its’ estimated that his home run against the San Diego Padres is the longest one hit in Marlins’ Park history.
Unfortunately, on September 11th, 2014 Stanton was hit by a pitch in the face that resulted in multiple facial fractures, lacerations, and dental damage. A week later, after being expected to return to the playing field, the Marlins announced that the injury was more serious than anticipated and the thought to be NL MVP would miss the last two weeks of the regular season.
Stanton would finish second in MVP voting behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. Stanton and the Marlins also agreed to a 13-year, $325 million dollar contract extension that was the most lucrative contract in all of sports at the time.
In Stanton’s 2015 season, he hit his 155th career home run passing Dan Uggla as the Marlins’ all-time leader. He also hit a home run at Dodger Stadium that cleared the left field stands exiting the stadium completely. Stanton had a good average in June, hitting .344 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs. However, another injury would limit him to 74 games. On June 26th, Giancarlo broke the hamate bone in his left wrist during an at-bat in the ninth inning. Stanton finished his season with .265 average, 27 home runs, and 67 RBIs.
In 2016, Stanton didn’t produce the power numbers he was expected to. He did, however, win the 2016 Home Run Derby after hitting a combined 61 home runs which were the most ever hit in a single derby. In 119 games played, he hit for a .240 average, 27 home runs and 74 RBIs. He suffered a grade 2 hamstring which caused him to miss 22 combined games between August and September.
2017 MVP Season
Stanton’s 2017 MVP season was off to a hot start after hitting a two-run home run that had a fan jumping into the pool of the Clevelander in left field. Stanton was selected to his fourth All-Star game in 2017 after leading the National League with 26 home runs at the time. During the 2017 campaign, Giancarlo also slugged his 250th career home run against the Colorado Rockies.
Stanton was on a complete tear. He hit his 43rd home run in August which was set as a new Marlins franchise record after passing Gary Sheffield’s 42 home runs in 1996. Giancarlo set another franchise record when he homered for the fifth consecutive game. On August 27th, Stanton became the first player to hit 50 home runs in a season since Chris Davis in 2013.
Trade to the Bronx
Finally, after his 2017 MVP season, Jeter and the new ownership needed some financial flexibility. Stanton’s large contract was the complete opposite of financial flexibility. So on December 11th, 2017, the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. This was after Stanton vetoed a trade to the Cardinals and vetoed another trade to the Giants. The Marlins received Starlin Castro, Jose Devers, and Jorge Guzman.
Stanton’s career numbers as a member of the Florida/Miami Marlins are as followed: .268 average, 267 home runs, and 672 RBIs.
Also, check out the rest of the Top Ten:
No. 10 – Livan Hernandez
No. 9 – Jeff Conine
No. 8– Mike Lowell
No. 7 – Hanley Ramirez
No. 6 – Josh Beckett
No. 5 – Gary Sheffield
No. 4 – Luis Castillo
No. 3 – Jose Fernandez