Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton (born November 8, 1989), formerly known as Mike Stanton, is an American outfielder and designated hitter for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his major league debut in 2010 as a member of the Miami Marlins, with whom he played until the end of the 2017 season. Stanton has twice led the National League (NL) in home runs; he hit 59 home runs in 2017, the most in 16 years. Known for his prodigious physical strength and ability to regularly hit long home runs, Stanton stands 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and weighs 245 pounds (111 kg). He bats and throws right-handed.

Stanton is originally from the Greater Los Angeles region. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, before the Marlins selected him in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft. In 2017, Stanton led the major leagues in home runs (59), runs batted in (RBIs) (132), and slugging percentage (.631),[1] winning the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. A four-time MLB All-Star, Stanton has twice won both the NL Hank Aaron and outfield Silver Slugger Award after leading the league in home runs.

In November 2014, the Marlins signed Stanton to the richest total dollar value contract in team sports history at the time of the signing; the contract is worth $325 million over 13 years.[2] Following the 2017 season, Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees.

Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton 2018
Stanton with the New York Yankees in 2018
New York Yankees – No. 27
Outfielder / Designated hitter
Born: November 8, 1989 (age 29)
Panorama City, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 8, 2010, for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
(through April 28 2019)
Batting average.268
Home runs305
Runs batted in772
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Stanton is mostly of African American and Irish descent. His maternal great-great-grandmother was Puerto Rican. He is the youngest of three children born to Michael Stanton and Jacinta Garay; his siblings are Egidio Carlos Moacir Garay Stanton (ten years older) and Kyrice Valivia (two years older). He was raised in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles,[3][4][5] and grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.[6]

He has represented the United States internationally, including the World Baseball Classic in 2013. Team Puerto Rico had previously investigated whether Stanton could play for them or not. However, it was found out his Puerto Rican ancestry was too little for him to be eligible to represent the island.[7] Giancarlo has always identified as an American of biracial background.

Stanton attended Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California, for two years.[8] He transferred to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, where he was a three-sport athlete. In addition to baseball, Stanton played wide receiver and cornerback for the gridiron football team, and also played basketball.[9] He had accepted a scholarship to play baseball for Tulane, and received offers from UCLA, UNLV and USC to play football.[10][11]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Florida Marlins selected Stanton in the second round, with the 76th overall selection, in the 2007 amateur draft.[12] Rather than enroll in college, Stanton signed with the Marlins, receiving a $475,000 signing bonus.[13]

Stanton began his professional career for the Gulf Coast League Marlins of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, but quickly advanced to the Jamestown Jammers of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. After playing nine games for the Jammers, where he batted .067 on 2-for-30 hitting, he was promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League. With Greensboro, Stanton hit 39 home runs, on a .293 batting average with 97 RBIs and a .993 OPS.[12][14] Stanton received an invitation to the 2009 Marlins' spring training.[15] He won numerous post-season awards for his performance in the 2008 minor league season, and was placed at number 16 on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list.[16]

Stanton began the 2009 season with the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, where he batted .294 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs. This performance led to a promotion to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League.[17][18] He was selected for the All-Star Futures Game.[19] In the off-season, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League, for top MLB prospects. Before going down with an injury, he led the league with a .478 batting average.[20] Baseball America declared him the number one prospect in the Marlins system,[21] as well as being number 3 on John Manuel's of Baseball America, top 20 prospects in the minors.[22]

In 52 games with the Suns in 2010, Stanton batted .311 with 21 home runs, 52 RBIs and a 1.167 on-base plus slugging percentage. He struck out just nine more times than he walked (44). After a series against the Mississippi Braves in early May, Mississippi manager Phil Wellman told The Florida Times Union: "He looks like a 15-year-old playing on an 8-year-old's Little League team." On May 6, 2010, Stanton hit a home run against the Montgomery Biscuits that cleared the scoreboard in center field and traveled an estimated 500 to 550 feet (150 to 170 m).[23]

Florida / Miami Marlins (2010–2017)

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Stanton with the Marlins in 2010

2010: Rookie season

On June 6, 2010, the Florida Marlins announced that Stanton would be called up to the major leagues, making his debut on June 8. At 20 years, 212 days, he became the third youngest player in Marlins history, behind Édgar Rentería (19 years, 276 days)[24] and Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 67 days).[25] Stanton went 3-for-5 with two infield singles and scored twice in the debut.[26]

Stanton's first big league home run was a grand slam off of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza. He joined Jeff Conine, Chuck Carr, Quilvio Veras, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Hermida on the list of Marlins whose first homer came with the bases loaded. In addition, Stanton became the fourth player in the past 25 years to hit his first career grand slam before his 21st birthday along with Jose Reyes (2003), Andruw Jones (1997) and Alex Rodriguez (1996). On August 11, 2010 against the Washington Nationals, Stanton went 5-for-5 with 4 RBI, 2 doubles and a home run. He became the second youngest player to collect five hits and four RBI in a game, and the youngest to do it since 1935 (Phil Cavarretta, who was 19 years and 33 days old with the Chicago Cubs on August 21, 1935). Stanton also is just the second Marlin with five hits and four RBI in the same game, joining Gary Sheffield, who did it on September 17, 1995 at Colorado.[27]

Stanton's favorite big league at-bat came on September 6, 2010, against Roy Oswalt in Philadelphia.[28] Stanton thought he had struck out on a foul tip, but the catcher dropped the ball. On the next pitch, he hit a 435-foot home run. "That (home run) I really liked, because that's what made me grow", Stanton said. "I thought I struck out; I was a little flustered. You learn that when something's over with, you move on. I did that pretty quick right there."[29]

For his rookie season, Stanton's home runs averaged a distance of 399.6 feet with average speed of 104.3 MPH.[30]

He was named an outfielder on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[31] He was also named an outfielder on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[32]

2011

In 2011, Stanton battled through leg and eye injuries which kept him from being a consistent hitting threat in the Marlins lineup. He hit his first walk-off home run on July 6, 2011 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Stanton finished the 2011 season batting .262 with 34 home runs and 87 RBI in 516 at-bats. According to HitTrackerOnline, Stanton belted 15 no-doubt home runs, the most in the National League and second most in the major leagues behind José Bautista's 18. Stanton hit the longest home runs of the season by any player in 2011 at Citi Field (465 feet), Nationals Park (455 feet), Coors Field (475 feet), and Sun Life Stadium (466 feet).[33] His average distance (416.6 feet) and off bat speed (107.4 MPH) made significant improvement in his sophomore season. Stanton finished 23rd in the National league MVP.[34]

At the end of the season, Stanton had 56 career home runs before his 22nd birthday (which was in November), which matched Alex Rodriguez and was behind only Ken Griffey Jr. among players in the past 40 seasons.[35]

2012: All-Star season

Picture of Giancarlo Stanton during Marlins Fanfest 2012
Stanton with a fan in 2012

On May 21, 2012, Stanton hit a grand slam off Jamie Moyer that traveled 462 feet (141 m) with an off-bat speed of 122.4 miles per hour (197.0 km/h), the fastest since ESPN's Home Run Tracker[36] began tracking.[37] The ball made contact with a scoreboard in the outfield which resulted in the panels hit getting knocked out momentarily.[38] Moyer had not given up a grand slam since 2004.[39]

On June 28, 2012, Stanton confirmed that he would play in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and participate in the Home Run Derby. However, On July 7, Stanton left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a knee soreness. The next day, Stanton had surgery on his knee and later missed both of the events. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 14. On August 17, Stanton hit a 494-foot home run at Coors Field.[40] The home run was his sixth home run at Coors Field, in as many games, dating back to 2011. The home run was the longest in MLB since 2009.

Stanton finished the 2012 season with career highs in home runs (37; 2nd in the National League, behind only Ryan Braun), batting average (.290), on-base percentage (.361), and slugging percentage (.608) which led all of MLB. He was third in the NL in on-base plus slugging percentage (.969; behind Braun and Joey Votto).[41]

According to HitTrackerOnline, Stanton belted 11 no-doubt home runs, the most in the National League and sixth most in the major leagues. Stanton hit the longest home runs of the season at Coors Field (494 feet) for 2nd straight season, and Marlins Park (462 feet).[42] His average distance (413 feet) and off bat speed (107.2 MPH) remained on-par with his 2011 campaign.

2013: injury season

After having a career best .290 batting average, 37 home runs and .608 slugging percentage, Stanton had a good feeling coming into the 2013 season from spring training and participating in the WBC team USA. On April 27, 2013, Stanton opened up with his first homer of the season, putting it over the scoreboard he hit last season off Jamie Moyer, and traveling an estimated 472 feet. Stanton was put on the 15-day disabled list three days later due to a grade 2 hamstring injury. He was re-activated on June 10, 2013.

Missing six weeks, about 1/4 of the season, Stanton worked hard to regain his form. With only 116 games played he was not able put up equivalent numbers: for 425 at-bats he had a .249 average with 106 hits, 62 RBI and 24 home runs by season's end. Stanton was able to hit a milestone marker in his career. In a June 17, 2013 victory, Stanton hit two long home runs, one off former closer Heath Bell to take the lead. They were his 99th and 100th career home runs, making him the 9th fastest player to hit 100 career home runs. On the last day of the regular season against the Detroit Tigers, Stanton scored the winning run on a wild pitch to complete Henderson Álvarez's no-hitter.

Stanton again displayed home run power but fell short of expectations due to his injury.[43]

2014: All-Star season

On April 18, Stanton hit a walk-off grand slam home run against the Seattle Mariners. Against the San Diego Padres, Stanton hit what was estimated to be the longest home run in Marlins Park history. Stanton hit his 154th career home run with the Marlins, tying the franchise career record with Dan Uggla. On September 11, Stanton was hit by a pitch in the face by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers, and was at first expected to resume play, but subsequent examination determined the injury was more serious.[44] The impact resulted in multiple facial fractures, lacerations, and dental damage. On September 17, the Marlins announced that Stanton would not play the last two weeks of the 2014 season.[45] In 145 games, Stanton batted .288 with 37 home runs, 105 RBI, 94 walks (24 intentional), a .555 slugging percentage, and a .950 OPS. He finished second in MVP voting to winner Clayton Kershaw.

On November 17, 2014, the Marlins and Stanton agreed to a 13-year, $325 million extension, the most lucrative contract in sports history. The deal included a no-trade clause and Stanton could opt out of the contract after he turns 30.[46][47]

2015: All-Star, injury-shortened season

Giancarlo Stanton on June 18, 2015
Stanton with the Marlins in 2015

On April 16, Stanton hit his 155th career home run, surpassing Dan Uggla to become the Marlins all-time home run leader. On May 12, Stanton hit a 467-foot home run which cleared the left field stands at Dodger Stadium. It was the third-longest home run of the season at that point and the fifth ever hit out of Dodger Stadium.[48] On May 15, 2015, Stanton hit a 474-foot line drive to center field which landed in the camera well in Marlins Park. It was the second longest home run of the season at that time, pushing his out of the stadium homer to number 4. On May 30, Stanton hit a 466-foot home run, the longest in Citi Field history.[49] In June he had a strong batting average, but on June 26, he broke the hamate bone in his left wrist in a ninth-inning at-bat.[50][51]

At the time of his season-ending hand injury in June, Stanton had played only 74 games but hit 27 home runs, with a batting average of .265.[52] His batted balls had the highest average exit velocity of the season in the major leagues, at 96.0 miles per hour.[53] He also hit the ball with the highest exit velocity in the major league all season, at 120.3 miles per hour.[53]

2016

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Stanton makes a catch during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016

On April 26, Stanton hit a three run home run off of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. It was the first three run homer Kershaw had allowed in 844 innings.[54] From July 5–6, Stanton hit four home runs in four consecutive at-bats at Citi Field.[55]

Despite not being selected to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Stanton was among those representing the National League in the 2016 version of the Home Run Derby.[56] Stanton won the Derby with 61 total home runs, setting a new record for most home runs in a single Derby.[57] Stanton hit the 10 longest home runs and 18 of the 19 longest among the eight competitors.[58] In 119 games of 2016, Stanton batted .240 with 27 home runs and 74 RBI. He again hit the ball with the highest exit velocity in the major league all season, at 120.1 miles per hour.[59] He also hit the longest home run of the season in the major leagues, a 504-foot home run.[59] He missed 22 games in August and September after suffering a grade 2 hamstring strain, originally thought to be season-ending.[60]

2017: MVP season

On April 12, 2017, Stanton hit two home runs, the second one landing in a pool behind left center field, prompting a fan to dive in to retrieve the ball. The Marlins would lose 5–4 to the Braves.[61][62] On May 21, while at Dodger Stadium, Stanton attempted to snag a fly ball that was heading for the visiting teams' bullpen by leaping up on the door, but the door was left unlocked, causing it to slide open while Stanton was hanging on it.[63] Stanton was selected to the National League team in the All-Star Game, his fourth selection, played at Marlins Park. At the time, he led the NL with 26 home runs and batted .277/.360/.572 (avg/on base/slugging).[64] He also participated in the Home Run Derby but lost by one home run in the first round to New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez.[65]

Named NL Player of the Week on August 13, Stanton had hit his 250th career home run earlier in the day versus the Colorado Rockies. For the week, he generated a major league-leading six home runs and 11 RBI and absolutely dominated the league that week. and averaged 1.037 SLG and 1.416 OPS.[66] While playing the San Francisco Giants on August 14, Stanton hit his 43rd home run, setting the Marlins franchise record for most home runs in a season, which surpassed Gary Sheffield's mark of 42 set in 1996. Stanton hit the home run versus Ty Blach and had homered in five consecutive games, setting another franchise record.[67] Over a span of 35 games through August 15, Stanton erupted for 23 home runs, including in six games in a row. Only Sammy Sosa (1998) and Barry Bonds (2001) had hit more in a 35-game span.[68]

On August 27, Stanton became the first player since Chris Davis in 2013 to hit 50 home runs in one season. Stanton also became the sixth player in MLB history to reach 50 home runs before the end of August.[69] During the August 29 game versus the Washington Nationals, he hit his 18th home run of the month, tying Rudy York for the most home runs in August, set in 1937.[70] Stanton won the NL Player of the Month Award for August, leading the major league with 18 home runs, 37 RBI, 28 runs scored and .899 slugging percentage.[71] Stanton hit his 57th home run and drove in four runs on September 23 versus Arizona, giving him 125 RBIs on the season, and passing Preston Wilson's franchise record of 121 set in 2000.[72] Enhancing the cachet of Stanton's historic season, ESPN ranked Marlins Park as one of the six most difficult stadiums in which to hit a home run in 2017.[73]

He finished the season with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, and batted .281. He yet again hit the ball with the highest exit velocity in the major league all season, at 120.1 miles per hour.[59] He also had the highest ISO (Isolated Power) of all MLB players in 2017, at .350.[74] He was also the first player in the National League since Prince Fielder in 2007 to hit 50 or more home runs in a season.[75]

Before Game 2 of the World Series, Stanton was presented with the Hank Aaron Award, the second of his career, as the "most outstanding offensive performer" in the National League. On November 16, Stanton was named the National League's Most Valuable Player, beating out Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Joey Votto by two voting points.[76] At the end of his MVP season, Stanton was the holder of 10 Marlins records including most career home runs (267), RBIs (672), slugging percentage (.554), total bases (1,983), strikeouts (1,140), and single-season records for home runs (59), RBIs (132), slugging percentage (.631), extra-base hits (91), and total bases (377).

In the offseason, the new Marlins ownership sought to trade Stanton in order to shed his large contract from the payroll; on December 8, the Marlins agreed to trade Stanton to the Cardinals, but Stanton exercised his no-trade clause to formally reject the deal. Hours later, the Marlins finalized a trade with the Giants, but Stanton again used his no-trade clause to veto the offer.[77]

New York Yankees

On December 11, 2017, the New York Yankees acquired Stanton and cash considerations from the Marlins for Starlin Castro and minor leaguers Jorge Guzmán and José Devers.[78] He is the second player in major league history to be traded after a 50-homer season, Greg Vaughn being the first.

2018

Stanton hit two home runs in his debut with the Yankees, including on his first at-bat, on Opening Day 2018.[79] He was the first Yankee since Joe Pepitone to have a multi home run game on Opening Day. On May 15, Stanton collected his 1,000th hit. On June 4, while playing the Detroit Tigers, pitcher Mike Fiers, who hit Stanton in the face in 2014, hit him again, angering Stanton. In his next at bat, he hit a home run to left field, pointing at Fiers as he hit it. On August 30, Stanton hit his 300th home run, off Francisco Liriano, becoming the 147th player in MLB history to do so.

Stanton played 158 games in 2018, finishing the year with a .266 batting average, 38 home runs, 34 doubles, and 100 RBI. He also struck out 211 times, breaking the Yankees record previously set by Aaron Judge. For the fourth consecutive year, he hit the ball with the highest exit velocity of the season in the major leagues, which was 121.7 miles per hour.[80] He also tied for the major league lead in sacrifice flies (10).[81]

With the Yankees finishing the 2018 year 100-62, the team clinched a wild card spot. In the 2018 AL Wild Card round against the Oakland Athletics, Stanton hit his first career postseason home run off of Blake Treinen. The home run traveled 443 feet at 117 MPH. The Yankees won 7-2.

2019

On April 1, Stanton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a Grade 1 left biceps strain.[82] On April 22 he received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder that was administered to address a preexisting injury.[83] On May 20, he was optioned to Class-A Advanced Tampa for a rehab assignment.[84]

Personal life

His mother calls him "Cruz" (his other middle name), but his father and other relatives call him "Mike" or "Mikey." He was known as "Mike Stanton" throughout his high school and minor league careers and for his first two years as a major leaguer, but after a trip to Europe in the 2011–12 offseason during which he frequently heard names like Gianpiero, Gianpaolo, Gianluigi and Giancarlo, before the 2012 season he made it known that he preferred to be called Giancarlo.[5] He grew up idolizing Roberto Clemente and Iván Rodríguez, both from Puerto Rico.[5][35]

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Awards
Preceded by
Matt Kemp
National League Player of the Month
May 2012
Succeeded by
Andrew McCutchen
2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the Gillette Home Run Derby) was a home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) between five batters each from the American League and National League. The derby was held on July 14, 2014, at the site of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Yoenis Céspedes was the winner, repeating his winning performance in 2013 to join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win consecutive Home Run Derbies.In June, MLB named José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies the Home Run Derby captains. On July 8, 2014, the captains each made their first three picks, while saving their final pick for July 10. Tulowitzki selected Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and would later select his teammate Justin Morneau who played in Minnesota for ten seasons. Bautista selected defending home run derby champion Céspedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, and added Oakland's Josh Donaldson as his fifth AL selection.

2016 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2016 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the T-Mobile Home Run Derby) was a home run hitting contest between eight batters from Major League Baseball (MLB). The derby was held on July 11, 2016, at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the site of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. On July 8, the participants that will be eligible to participate in the Home Run Derby were announced. Giancarlo Stanton won the Home Run Derby by defeating defending champion Todd Frazier 20–13.

2017 Miami Marlins season

The 2017 Miami Marlins season was the 25th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Marlins franchise, all in the National League, and the sixth as the "Miami" Marlins. The Marlins played their home games at Marlins Park and hosted the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. The Marlins were managed by Don Mattingly in his second season as manager of the team. They finished the season 77–85 to finish in second place, 20 games behind the Washington Nationals, in the National League East Division. They failed to make the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season.

The season marked the last season under Jeffrey Loria's ownership of the team as Loria agreed to sell the team to a group led by Derek Jeter for $1.2 billion.

2018 American League Wild Card Game

The 2018 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 postseason contested between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. The game took place at Yankee Stadium on October 3, starting at 8:08 pm EDT. The Yankees won, 7-2, and advanced to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. As a result of sponsorship agreements with Hankook Tire, the game was formally known as the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire.

50 home run club

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 50 home run club is the group of batters who have hit 50 or more home runs in a single season. Babe Ruth was the first to achieve this, doing so in 1920. By reaching the milestone, he also became the first player to hit 30 and then 40 home runs in a single-season, breaking his own record of 29 from the 1919 season. Ruth subsequently became the first player to reach the 50 home run club on four occasions, repeating the achievement in 1921, 1927 and 1928. He remained the only player to accomplish this until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa matched his feat in 1999 and 2001, respectively, thus becoming the only players to achieve four consecutive 50 home run seasons. Barry Bonds hit the most home runs to join the club, collecting 73 in 2001. The most recent players to reach the milestone are Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, achieving the feat during the 2017 season.In total, 29 players have reached the 50 home run club in MLB history and nine have done so more than once. Of these, seventeen were right-handed batters, eleven were left-handed, and one was a switch hitter, meaning he could bat from either side of the plate. Four of these players (including two active members of the 50 home run club) have played for only one major league team. The New York Yankees are the only franchise to have five players reach the milestone while on their roster: Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Alex Rodriguez, and Judge. Ten players are also members of the 500 home run club and two of them (Willie Mays and Rodriguez) are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Ten players won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in the same year as their 50 home run season. Mantle is the only player to have earned the Major League Triple Crown alongside achieving 50 home runs, leading both leagues in batting average, home runs and runs batted in (RBI). Mantle and Maris—collectively known as the M&M Boys—are the only teammates to reach the 50 home run club in the same season, hitting a combined 115 home runs in 1961 and breaking the single-season record for home runs by a pair of teammates. Albert Belle is the only player to amass 50 or more doubles in addition to attaining 50 home runs. Prince Fielder, at 23 years and 139 days, was the youngest player to reach the milestone while Bonds, at age 37, was the oldest.Due to the infrequent addition of members into the 50 home run club, Baseball Digest called it "a restrictive fraternity comprising slugging elite" in 1954, when there were only six members. Of the seventeen members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, eight have been elected and three were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months, disqualifying four active players and five players who have been retired for less than five seasons. Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members; fifteen players joined the club on a total of 24 occasions from 1995 to 2010. Additionally, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs.

At bats per home run

In baseball statistics, at bats per home run (AB/HR) is a way to measure how frequently a batter hits a home run. It is determined by dividing the number of at bats by the number of home runs hit. Mark McGwire possesses the MLB record for this statistic with a career ratio of 10.61 at bats per home run and Babe Ruth is second, with 11.76 at bats per home run. Kyle Schwarber has the best current career ratio with 13.82 at bats per home run. Giancarlo Stanton, with 14.33 at bats per home run, was the previous leader among active players.

Fort Bragg Game

The Fort Bragg Game was a Major League Baseball (MLB) game played between the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves of MLB's National League at Fort Bragg Stadium in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on July 3, 2016. The game was broadcast on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The game was the first regular season professional sports event ever held on an active military base, and the first MLB game played in North Carolina. The Marlins defeated the Braves, 5–2. After the game, the grandstands were removed, and the field became a multi-use sporting ground.

Greensboro Grasshoppers

The Greensboro Grasshoppers are a Minor League Baseball team based in Greensboro, North Carolina. They are members of the South Atlantic League and the Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They play their home games at First National Bank Field, which opened in 2005 and seats 7,499 fans.

The team's logo was changed to a cartoon Grasshopper prior to the inaugural season at the new ballpark. Fans selected the name "Guilford" (Greensboro's county's name) for the team's mascot, a giant grasshopper. Prior to that, all home games for the Hornets and Bats were held at World War Memorial Stadium, just northeast of downtown Greensboro.

Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) customarily held the day before the MLB All-Star Game, which places the contest on a Monday in July. Since the inaugural derby in 1985, the event has seen several rule changes, evolving from a short outs-based competition, to multiple rounds, and eventually a bracket-style timed event.

List of Miami Marlins team records

The Miami Marlins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in the U.S. state of Florida. The Marlins became members of MLB as an expansion team in the 1993 season. Through 2017, they have played 3,981 games, winning 1,870 and losing 2,111 for a winning percentage of .470. This list documents the superlative records and accomplishments of team members during their tenures as Marlins in MLB's National League East.

Giancarlo Stanton holds the most franchise records as of the end of the 2018 season, with ten records, including both the most career and single-season Home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases records.

No Marlin holds a Major League or National League record for any of the below statistics. However, the Marlins are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros for the shortest franchise record losing streak, recording 11 straight losses twice in 1998 and once in June 2011.

Marcell Ozuna

Marcell Ozuna Idelfonso (born November 12, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 30, 2013, with the Miami Marlins, where he played until 2017.

A native of Santo Domingo, the Marlins signed Ozuna as an amateur free agent on February 15, 2008. He is a two-time MLB All-Star (2016, 2017), and won both his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award in 2017, his breakout season. That year, he finished fourth in the National League (NL) in batting average (.312), and third in home runs (37) and runs batted in (RBI, 124). Following the 2017 season, Miami traded Ozuna to St. Louis.

Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are an American professional baseball team based in Miami, Florida. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. Their home park is Marlins Park. Though one of only two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other is the Colorado Rockies), the Marlins have won two World Series championships as a wild card team.

The team began play as an expansion team in the 1993 season as the Florida Marlins and played home games from their inaugural season to the 2012 season at what was originally called Joe Robbie Stadium, which they shared with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Since the 2012 season, they have played at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. The new park, unlike their previous home (which was criticized in its baseball configuration for poor sight lines in some locations), was designed foremost as a baseball park. Per an agreement with the city and Miami-Dade County (which owns the park), the Marlins officially changed their name to the "Miami Marlins" on November 11, 2011. They also adopted a new logo, color scheme, and uniforms.The Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team, making them the only franchise in the major four North American professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to have never lost a playoff round. They defeated the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians in the 1997 World Series, with shortstop Édgar Rentería driving in second baseman Craig Counsell for the series-clinching run in the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game. In the 2003 season, manager Jeff Torborg was fired after 38 games. The Marlins were in last place in the NL East with a 16–22 record at the time. Torborg's successor, 72-year-old Jack McKeon, led them to the NL wild card berth in the postseason; they defeated the New York Yankees four games to two in the 2003 World Series.

Miami Marlins award winners and league leaders

The Miami Marlins are a professional baseball team that has played in the National League since the team's founding in 1993. Major League Baseball offers several awards at the end of each season to commemorate the achievement of individual players. The Most Valuable Player award is generally given to the player who had the greatest impact on the success of his team, whether that be in the regular season, the postseason, or the All-Star game. The Cy Young Award is a prize awarded to the pitcher who is perceived to have had the best regular season. The Gold Glove Awards are presented to players who are recognized as being the best at fielding their respective positions during the regular season, while their counterparts the Silver Slugger is awarded to the best hitter at each respective position. The Rookie of the year is presented to the player recognized as the best newcomer to the league, while the Manager of the Year is given to the coach perceived to have had the greatest impact on his team's success.

Mike Stanton

Mike Stanton may refer to:

Mike Stanton (right-handed pitcher) (born 1952), right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, played 1975–1985

Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher) (born 1967), left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball, played 1989–2007

Giancarlo Stanton (born 1989), formerly referred to as Mike Stanton, outfielder in Major League Baseball, played 2010–present

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, California)

Notre Dame High School (NDHS) in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, is a co-ed Catholic college preparatory high school founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947.

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Notre Dame has been awarded the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

Right fielder

A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in right field. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9.

Statcast

Statcast is a high-speed, high-accuracy, automated tool developed to analyze player movements and athletic abilities in Major League Baseball (MLB). Statcast was introduced to all thirty MLB stadiums in 2015.

Trade (sports)

In North American professional sports, a trade is a sports league transaction between sports clubs that involves an exchange of players from one club/team to another. Though players are the primary trading assets, draft picks and/or cash are other assets that may be supplemented to consummate a trade, either packaged alongside players' contracts to be transferred to another team, or as standalone assets in exchange for players' contracts and/or draft picks in return. In Major League Baseball, a player to be named later can be used to finalize the terms of a trade at a later date, but draft picks are not admissible as trading assets (with one exception). In Major League Soccer, besides current MLS players and draft picks, clubs may also trade MLS rights to non-MLS players, allocation money, allocation rankings, and international player slots. Typically, trades are completed between two clubs, but there are instances where trades are consummated among three or more clubs.

Conversely, a sports transaction involving a player who becomes a free agent and joins another club/team does not qualify as a trade as the player was not contractually bound to the previous team at the time of acquisition.

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