The Miami Marlins are Surprise Contenders

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by Matt

Coming into the 2014 season – just like the past couple of seasons – the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals were expected to compete for the N.L. East title. And, so far, that has been the case – Atlanta and Washington are closely linked in the standings, and will probably be battling for most of the summer to decide who comes out ahead.

However, there is a surprise third entrant into that tight East race who stands poised to put a wrinkle in all of the predictions. The Miami Marlins are right there with the Nationals and Braves, despite losing their star pitcher Jose Fernandez to season-ending Tommy John surgery. With a pitching staff that has been solid, and a deep lineup that has been doing enough to win so far, the Marlins seem like a teamstanton that could stick around into September. While they are down one star player, it is the presence of another that gives reason for optimism in Miami.

Stanton is a Star

Giancarlo (formerly Mike) Stanton is a young star outfielder for the Miami Marlins, and one of the strongest hitters in all of baseball. Stanton’s homeruns are frequently highlight reel material, either for their overall distance or the sheer speed at which they leave the park. Currently, he leads the league with 20 homeruns and 57 RBI’s, and has an OPS of .979. Considering that he is just 24 years old this season, the future is bright for Giancarlo and the Marlins.

As a testament to his power, Stanton owns three of the eleven longest homeruns hit so far in 2014, including the longest, measured at 484 feet. He has also registered the homerun with the fastest speed off the bat, with a ridiculous 119.9 MPH. It doesn’t matter which measurements you decide to use, Stanton has power that is unmatched in the game today.

More than Just Strength

Beyond his impressive power, Stanton is a good overall hitter. He has struck out 77 times already this season, but still manages to carry a .394 on base percentage, which is among the league leaders. Not surprising, he also leads the league with 14 intential walks, as teams decide they would rather have other Marlins hitters try to beat them. It has worked out for Miami to this point, as they are a couple games over .500 and right in the middle of a crowded N.L. East race.

Get Your Collectibles Now

Giancarlo Stanton is already a great player, and only seems poised to further establish himself as one of the best in the game. A Hall-of-Fame career is not out of the question for Stanton, which is why now is the time to grab some collectibles from his early years. Most likely, his career will continue on an upward trajectory and the value of his baseball cards and other items will continue to grow along with his status in baseball. Find a few rookie cards to put into your collection and watch as his career develops over the coming seasons.



THE Ultimate Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Card Collection.                        picture
THE Ultimate Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Card Collection.
$37500.0


2008 Bowman Chrome DP & Pros. Xfractor Auto Mike Stanton #115 PSA 10 Marlins RC picture
2008 Bowman Chrome DP & Pros. Xfractor Auto Mike Stanton #115 PSA 10 Marlins RC
$18000.0


MIAMI MARLINS JOSE FERNANDEZ GAME USED 1ST START 2016 JERSEY MLB AUTHENTICATED picture
MIAMI MARLINS JOSE FERNANDEZ GAME USED 1ST START 2016 JERSEY MLB AUTHENTICATED
$15000.0


2017 Marlins Giancarlo Stanton 14 Game Worn 4 HR MVP Jersey Photo Matched picture
2017 Marlins Giancarlo Stanton 14 Game Worn 4 HR MVP Jersey Photo Matched
$12000.0


2008 Playoff Contenders Auto Mike Stanton #109 PSA 10 Marlins RC  picture
2008 Playoff Contenders Auto Mike Stanton #109 PSA 10 Marlins RC
$12000.0


2003 FLORIDA MIAMI MARLINS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING TOP PENDANT picture
2003 FLORIDA MIAMI MARLINS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING TOP PENDANT
$11500.0


JOSE FERNANDEZ SIGNED ROOKIE MARLINS AUTHENTIC JERSEY MLB AUTH ONLY 16 Made RARE picture
JOSE FERNANDEZ SIGNED ROOKIE MARLINS AUTHENTIC JERSEY MLB AUTH ONLY 16 Made RARE
$11350.0


Jose Fernandez Autographed Framed Miami Marlins Rookie Jersey (MLB) picture
Jose Fernandez Autographed Framed Miami Marlins Rookie Jersey (MLB)
$7718.0


2013 JOSE FERNANDEZ GAME USED MIAMI MARLINS ALTERNATE JERSEY (ROOKIE SEASON) $$$ picture
2013 JOSE FERNANDEZ GAME USED MIAMI MARLINS ALTERNATE JERSEY (ROOKIE SEASON) $$$
$7500.0


Marlins Miguel Cabrera Game Worn/Used & Signed 2005 Baseball Jersey MEARS 10 LOA picture
Marlins Miguel Cabrera Game Worn/Used & Signed 2005 Baseball Jersey MEARS 10 LOA
$7000.0


Jose Fernandez career hit #6 Marlins Dodgers Ryu picture
Jose Fernandez career hit #6 Marlins Dodgers Ryu
$5800.0


2017 TOPPS TRANSCENDENT ICHIRO SUZUKI GOLD FRAMED ON CARD AUTO TRUE 1/1 MARLINS picture
2017 TOPPS TRANSCENDENT ICHIRO SUZUKI GOLD FRAMED ON CARD AUTO TRUE 1/1 MARLINS
$5499.0


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