The Miami Marlins had one of the worst seasons in franchise history but the lone bright spot on the team was outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. With the National League MVP going to San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Stanton received one vote seventh place vote and one eighth place vote in the running.
In 2012, Stanton played in his third season with the Marlins. Stanton played in 123 games and hit 37 home runs and recorded 86 RBI. He batted .290/.361/.608 and struck out less although he played in less games than he did the two previous years. He led the league in slugging percentage and finished second behind Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun.
Stanton is one of the best players that the Marlins have had the luxury of building a team around. He is the face of the team but with the direction of where this team is going, Stanton could look to get out of it sooner rather than later.
The Marlins traded all of the players they signed in the 2011 off-season as well as Josh Johnson and John Buck in a mega deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Not to say that the players that the Marlins acquired were not good but none of them could match the hitting ability of Jose Reyes and the pitching ability of Mark Buehrle.
The organization needs to keep Stanton around for a long if the team wants to have any kind of success in the future. Owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson have assured the fans that Stanton will stay put, but who really knows for how long.
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