Category Archives: Giancarlo Stanton

A BUMPER CROP OF TALENT – BASEBALL IS BLESSED!

It’s hard to recall a time in recent baseball history when so many young and very talented players burst on the scene carrying promise of not only a great future for themselves but for baseball as well.

This bumper crop is evenly composed of both position players and pitchers. They are spread evenly across leagues and teams. In the NFL,images-23 images-16they would all be tagged as “Franchise Players”. Mike Trout (right) and Bryce Harper (upper left) look like  reincarnations of Mickey Mantle while Felix Hernandez (right)images-18 and Jose Fernandez (left) recall memories of Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez years before they entered the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

Add to that quartet  relative newcomers like Dallas Keutchel (lower left) images-20of young and forward marching Houston Astrosimages-31 plus Giancarlo Stanton (right)  and you have the makings of some very exciting baseball for many years to come.

But hold on there……..not so fast. Before we anoint them into the Baseball Hall Of Fame, we need to remember – the Hall is based solely on number (historically)……300 wins, 500 home runs, 3000 hits……..etc.

And with these young exciting players, there are two caveats to recognize and they’re both reasons why we might only see one or two actually make the Hall Of Fame.

The first caveat is simple mathematics. Each player is destined to make a minimum of a quarter of a billion dollars over their career. images-32Some will earn even more. So, the question becomes how long will they need or want to play before they retire and move on to other things? Will the fire continue to burn for twenty years as it did for someone like Derek Jeter (remember – it takes 15 years at 200 hits per to reach 3000 – and for pitchers averaging 15 wins over 15 seasons only nets 275 career wins). So, it’s a long road ahead for these perennial All Stars.

The second caveat is even more looming. Because we need to add to each the “if he stays healthy” clause to each of their careers. Look at the list…….images-29how many have been afflicted with injuries even to this point in their brief time on the field. Will a perennially injured All Star like Troy Tulowiski have the numbers to qualify for the Hall? Coupled with that are the ever conscious owners and GM’ who seek to protect their investments by holding them back (the Mets and Matt Harvey?) until a bevy of doctors say “Go!………

So, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with these young phenoms as their careers play out. Will they have the stamina and desire to play long enough to put up the numbers the Hall has traditionally required……..

 

 

 

 

“Where Have You Gone Giancarlo – A Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You…..”

Bah injuries! The bane of all professional athletes. They’ll tell you it comes with the territory but when you’re restricted by age time on the playing field is paramount.     And any time lost cannot be given or earned back.

And yes we argue about Ted Williams and how he missed three years piloting a plane during the Korean War during his prime playing years…….and what his numbers would have been…..but that’s just it……the numbers are the numbers.

And so it was sad  to see Giancarlo Stanton mag_giancarlostanton001_saint_1600x1000go down this weekend while (of all things) swinging  at and missing a pitch. He’s scheduled to miss four to six weeks and that includes the All Star Game for which he was to be the starting right fielder for the National League.

With no argument, he is the premier power hitter in the game today.

Another Towering Blast

Another Towering Blast

Moreover, he is the consummate professional the game so dearly needs following the departure of Derek Jeter.

Consider this.  In just 74 games prior to going on the DL, he amassed 26 home runs and 67 RBI. At that pace he could (and in his case probably would) be closing in on 60 home runs and 150 RBI by the end of the 2015 season.

And so,  like Williams his numbers will be his numbers falling far short of those projections and this injury will be a mere footnote in his career narrative.

It’s not like the Florida Marlins are going anywhere. They are a miserable team made even worse now by the loss of Stanton.

Instead it’s the fans who are the real losers when a player of this caliber goes down. Because you don’t leave your seat when he comes to bat…………somthing really special could happen and often it does. One of those towering majestic drives that takes forever to land…..or maybe one of those heat seeking missles that comes off his bat and leaves the yard in a split second……..

Indeed…….a nation of your fans turns its lonely eyes to you………..Come back soon…..we miss you Giancarlo.