The great Giancarlo Stanton is enjoying the home run chase, the MVP speculation and easily enduring the controversy in the debate over what’s the real home run record, which has its obvious “gray areas,” as he called them, to explain the whole Roger Maris vs. Barry Bonds thing. But on this one other major issue, there is no gray – only black and white. Stanton talked late Friday night after he only doubled and singled, still much to the crowd’s delight (and yes, there was a bit of a crowd by Marlins standards, almost 20,000, even on Yom Kippur), as he stood at an incredible 59 home runs, just one, two and three shy of some historic marks in baseball – and, arguably, the real record of Maris. Stanton has been one consistent mix of power, talent and excitement for the Marlins all year, culminating in a weekend where history – if not the technical single-season record – can happen. He’s clearly relishing it, as is his father, the ever present Big Mike (who’s only slightly smaller), but he also understands his time in Miami could be coming to an end. And while he loves it here, he’s OK with it — more than OK if reports, hints and the clubhouse buzz is true that new ownership is looking to rebuild, with the team said to be losing close to $70 million this year, and also again losing on the field, after a surprisingly strong start to the second half momentarily put them in contention. By now, veteran guys around the clubhouse are openly wondering where they may be shipped next year (St. Louis seems to be a popular guess for some), and Stanton, thanks to his record $325 million contract, which contains a full no-trade clause, is the one guy who can stay if he wants to – or direct, to a large degree, where he goes. But word has been that he’s long been tiring of the also-ran status of the Marlins, and he’s ready to go if he hears about a new Marlins three-year plan, or five, or whatever. And that is indeed the case. Stanton understands the home run record brings many perspectives, and he stopped just before opening up completely about his own (more on that later). But when it comes to yet another retool of the Marlins, he makes his thought as sharp and obvious as one of those drives that flies over the iconic Clevelander and onto the left field concourse. “I don’t want to rebuild … I’ve lost for seven years,” Stanton said flat out to FanRag Sports late Friday, long after most everyone else had left. There wasn’t much to say after that, as that pretty much summed it all up in a couple quick sentences. Stanton isn’t verbose; he knows how to sum up a situation in a sentence or two, as he did five years ago, when he encapsulated his feelings in a famous and sharply-worded tweet when the Marlins were trading veteran stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto for prospects.
Giancarlo Stanton wants out if Marlins rebuild
Fanrag Sports | Sep 30