By Josh Kramer
Chicks dig the long ball. And the long ball is what Miami Marlins right fielder, Mike Stanton does. Stanton is one of three players in the past 40 years to have hit at least 56 home runs in the Major Leagues before their 22nd birthday. Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. are the other two to accomplish this feat (not bad company).
Since his arrival to the “Show,” Stanton has wowed fans across the country with his absurd power and tape measure home runs. This year, the Marlins are expected to be a contender. They have a new ball park. A new manager. And a whole new look to their lineup. Miami is hoping for a 1997 or 2003-esque season.
Stanton is a physical specimen. Standing 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds, he is definitely a hard player to miss on the field. Last season, he hit the longest home runs of the year at four different ballparks including Citi Field (465 feet), Nationals Park (455 feet), Coors Field (475 feet), and Sun Life Stadium (466 feet). At just 22 years of age, the future looks bright for Stanton and the Miami Marlins.
Now Stanton is asking for the name game to end. He is asking for people to call him by his actual name, Giancarlo. I think people should start calling him “Tape Measure” personally. Short for Mike “Get out your tape measure” Stanton. People should respect Stanton’s wishes. In addition, nobody should be surprised to see this rising star thrive on what should be a contending team out of Miami in the form of 40 home runs and 100 plus RBIs. If he is able to contribute these types of numbers, I think he will have earned the right for people to call him by his proper name of Giancarlo.
Besides, new Miami skipper Ozzie Guillen has an innate ability to have his voice heard by the press. The old saying is, “If you build it, he will come.” People love to hear Ozzie talk. What Ozzie says goes. So Ozzie, just call the youngster Giancarlo, and the rest shall follow.
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