19 Apr Getting to Know…Miami Marlins All-Star Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton
Born: November 8, 1989 Panorama City, California Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 240 pounds Descent: Irish, African-American, and Puerto Rican
Contract: On November 17, 2014, the Marlins and Stanton agreed to a 13-year, $325 million extension. The deal is the biggest in sports history. The deal involves a no-trade clause and Stanton can opt out of the contract after he turns 30. His salary will go up every year he plays for the Marlins
Fun Facts: On June 18, 2010, Mike’s first MLB home run was a grand slam with a bat he borrowed from teammate Dan Uggla. Stanton’s 56 homers before his 22nd birthday tied Alex Rodriguez and trailed only Ken Griffey Jr. Last season in 145 games, Stanton batted .288 with 37 home runs, 105 RBI, 94 walks (24 intentional), a .555 slugging percentage, and a .950 OPS. October 25, 2014: Stanton was named the 2014 winner of the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Nov. 4, 2014: Giancarlo was the 2014 NL Outstanding Player of the Year award-winner, as voted on via the Players Choice Awards.
Favorite Baseball Player Growing up: Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Favorite Professional ball player: Lebron James
What’s the story with your name. Are you Mike or Giancarlo? My mom calls me Cruz. Teammates call me Bigfoot. Most baseball fans know me as Mike Stanton. I like them all, but I prefer Giancarlo, which is actually my middle name. When did you know that you wanted to be a baseball player? When I was 10 or 11. I remember I was on the Cardinals, I was No. 25, = I was on first base. I always tried to be Mark McGwire and hit homers like he did. I was kind of following his race, too, when he was trying to break the record.
On September 11, 2014 you suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and a facial laceration requiring stitches after being hit in the face by a pitch from Brewers starter Mike Fiers. How are you feeling these days? I got lucky. I got hit in the best part of the worst place. It did not affect my sight. I’m feeling great now. I’m wearing protective gear on my face and I’m ready to play ball. What do you think of the New York Mets this year? The entire East is going to be really competitive this year and the Mets are definitely part of that. They have some great pitching especially with Harvey, Degrom & Colon. It should be a fun season.