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5 Reasons Why Miami Marlins Should Extend Giancarlo Stanton

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5 Reasons Why Miami Marlins Should Extend Giancarlo Stanton

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In 2003, the Florida Marlins took down the New York Yankees 4-2 for its second World Series title in the team's history. Flash forward to 2014 and now the newly named Miami Marlins have been toward the bottom of MLB ever since its 2003 crowning. The Marlins have a long way back to relevance and it starts with the development of their core players Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, and if they plan on winning soon, they need both of them.

5. It's Hard Enough To Get Fans In The Stadium

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5. It's Hard Enough To Get Fans In The Stadium

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The Marlins have a brand new ballpark and most of the time the upper deck is empty. The team is around .500 so it's not like they are terrible, but the fans don't want to go to their games. Most of the time the upper deck is empty and it's quite a shame to see because money is being wasted. I'm sure half of the fans who go to the games are there to see Stanton and if he leaves, that already empty stadium may be vacant.

4. Relevance In MLB

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4. Relevance In MLB

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Some consider the Marlins' roster as a glorified AAA team, and it's hard to knock their way of thinking. There are not a lot of household names on the roster and I'm sure if you asked a casual MLB fan to name a Marlins player it would be hard for them to name more than two on a roster of 40 players. If the Marlins want to make a name for itself, it needs players with high-profile star-like potential, and Stanton is that guy.

3. Chance At Signing Other Free Agents

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3. Chance At Signing Other Free Agents

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If Stanton leaves, players aren't going to run to Miami to play with the Marlins. As the team stands right now, it is young and has some talented pieces such as Andrew Heaney, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, but they need some more time. Free agents don't want to wait on players to develop into something great, they usually want to win now.

2. He's Worth The Money

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2. He's Worth The Money

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I'm sure Stanton is ready to cash in his MLB career for a nice eight figure paycheck. It's not like the young 24 year old doesn't deserve the money, he is a two time All-Star and has a career .272 average with 138 home runs. He is one the games best power hitters and he hasn't even reached his ceiling yet. The Marlins don't like to spend a lot of money, but it will need to if it wants Stanton back with the team.

1. Miami Needs A Star

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1. Miami Needs A Star

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The Marlins would be like the Miami Heat if its biggest player left to join another team. Stanton has to stay on board with the Marlins because it gives them an identity and something to build off for the future. Once Stanton leaves, he takes away of the buzz and the excitement that he brings to the ballpark every time he steps up to the plate. Don't let Stanton walk and be like LeBron James.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.