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A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Podcast: Hamilton, Trout, Mets, Statcast, the Yips, and more

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Tonight on A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Podcast, I was joined by Mike Hllywa and M.J. Lloyd. I thought we had a great little show here tonight, one of our better efforts; but then again I am the same guy who thought it was a good idea to bet my hard earned, real-life wages against Matt Harvey today when he faced off with C.C. Sabathia.

That said, we talked about a lot of great topics tonight:

  • Josh Hamilton traded to the Texas Rangers
  • The debt of MLB Statcast
  • Surprises in baseball: the New York Mets, the Kansas City Royals, Nelson Cruz, and others.
  • Our usual Mike Trout mention
  • The Royals want to fight everybody
  • Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton chatter
  • Clint tells a story on the Yips
  • Media markets in baseball – where is great, and where is a pressure cooker?

And as always, there’s a lot of golden stuff in between. Like Hllywa’s one-liners. Or me getting his last name right finally after eight tries. Or M.J.’s goat. If you have an hour at lunch and you’re allowed to put your headphones on, eat your lunch, zone out and listen to some great baseball talk; you should enjoy this installment.

Giancarlo Stanton visits the Clevelander on a Saturday with a monster home run

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While we dozed off, Giancarlo baptized one into the ‘you can only hit a ball here in a video game’ area off some poor schlup just trying to mop up in an 8-0 Marlins win over the Nationals. And just as we thought the Nationals were starting to get rolling, it appears we actually had the wrong team that was about to get hot. The Marlins have suddenly won four in a row.

The home run was Stanton’s fifth of the season, and it follows up that rapier laser he hit into the seats in Philly the other day. It brings up a good point – in terms of watching a guy in the big leagues hit a home run – has there ever been a guy who is more fun to watch do the act?

Stephen Strasburg was his usual ‘meh’ self. Certainly not a guy that’s ever going to step in and end a slide for the Nationals.

But lets not talk about them. The Marlins are the story right now. We would not mind seeing them catch fire and become the hottest team in baseball. This team is going to be very fun to watch at some point. And look at little Tom Koehler throwing some shutout baseball for them!

The Miami Marlins are in deep trouble

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Giancarlo Stanton said it best – and we were waiting for some quote like this to leak out of the Miami clubhouse:

“We’re not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like,” the All-Star slugger said after the loss. “We’ve got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there.

“The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you’re out there and it’s game time, it’s just nothing there.”

Things didn’t get much better on Saturday night in a 5-4 loss at Citi Field. Despite an okay five innings from Mat Latos, and five hits from Dee Gordon; Jacob deGrom threw seven scoreless innings striking out eight and walking nobody. Stanton went hitless (down to .220) and Christian Yelich went 1 for 5 (down to .225).

You could make the case that this is baseball’s most disappointing team; a label they have tried desperately to avoid with all the offseason moves and roster makeover.

Perhaps this was the test that was meant to happen all along. If they’re one of baseball’s worst teams in the first half of the season will Jeffrey Loria stick to his promise to continue trying to build a championship team or will they deal a few veterans for prospects?

This just wasn’t the way it was supposed to go down in Miami. Our call is that they continue to struggle, only to become one of baseball’s hottest teams when they get back Jose Fernandez, falling just short of a Wildcard berth by season’s end because they couldn’t break out of their slumber soon enough.

If you’re wondering on an update for Fernandez, he’s been throwing off a mound for the last month and he’s expected back in June.

If you’re wondering about the Marlins salvaging something on Sunday in Queens, they’re staring down the barrel of Matt Harvey; as always a team seems to when they’re struggling most.

Giancarlo Stanton is on the board

With this home run, Giancarlo Stanton passes Dan Uggla as the Marlins all-time leader in home runs. That’s pretty sad that Dan Uggla – when you think of the type of player he’s been reduced to – was at one time a tenured, all-time leader in home runs of a franchise. This in and of itself has the Marlins headed towards a more respectable future with this guy atop their archives in the sexiest category.

It was a true rapier shot to right-center. The Marlins lost the damn game 7-5 and continue to generally underachieve (especially when we bet money on them, they’re 0-4 now).

Miami wasted a pinch-hit triple and subsequent unbelievable play at home plate by the little old man Ichiro.

We still would like to see Giancarlo ditch that facemask for good, which he seems to be considering.

Can we just sit this guy until the season begins, please?

I say this only half in jest, but seriously. For those that have serious fantasy ownership stock in Stanton (like we do), the absolute WORST thing that could happen is any injury that would cause him to miss the opener in April.

He’s fine by the way, but I hate hearing stuff like this. Makes me cringe just a little.

Giancarlo Stanton lands (body painted) on the Sports Illustrated Cover

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Two Giancarlo Stanton posts in a row! The guy is everywhere right now, and for good reason. The highest paid athlete in sports – just entering his prime years – set to attack home run records down in South Beach. Not too sure how we feel about the body paint cover, but it’s unique. And we can’t turn away from a guy we like so much making the cover.

Stanton’s cover story is written by Ben Reiter, and he actually talks about being angered by the initial record offering by the Marlins.

“I think they were thinking I was going to be like, ‘Oh, well, sign me up!'” Stanton says. He wasn’t.

“I put the paper down, and I was like, ‘I’ll tell you right now that numbers don’t mean anything,'” Stanton recalls. “‘If you think you’re just going to pay me a bunch of money, and I’m going to go live my lavish lifestyle, come to the park and get my ass kicked every day, and go back to my lavish lifestyle, you got another thing coming.’ I said that straight to their faces. I was angered

You’ve got to respect the guy and believe him when he says that. While the money probably didn’t hurt their chances at getting this done, three main reasons for Stanton signing for 13 years were as follows:

1. Stanton loves Miami
— “I could go anywhere … but if we win here, I’d rather be here over any place, any other city.”

2. Stanton believes in the Marlins’ young core of players — “Never are we going to be the biggest market, have the highest payroll, none of that … And the players that we have, they’re still not the biggest names, most people aren’t going to know who they are. But in terms of pure talent, they’re there.”

3. Stanton believes the team’s days of gutting the roster of talent are over — “Why would you give me so much money and not try to win? … What on earth is the point of that? They have to be serious about winning going forward. There’s no other logical explanation.”

The Marlins are going to turn things around and prove to be a viable baseball organization yet. We like them, we believe in them. There’s already talk on Sirius XM radio that Stanton could receive ‘Barry Bonds treatment’ in not getting pitched to by opposing teams if guys like Mike Morse and Marcel Ozuna don’t do their jobs, but don’t worry about that. Some poor sucker on the mound will make a mistake they don’t live to tell about some 40 or so times this season and Stanton will cement himself as the game’s premiere player. That’s our prediction.

Here’s the ugly protective face cage device Giancarlo Stanton will wear

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This is…… well this is weird.

You know Giancarlo collaborated with the manufacturer Schutt Sports to be as stylish as possible on this – the first thing I noticed was the scripted ‘G’ in the middle of the mask – but it’s still just a strange looking thing to see worn on a baseball batting helmet.

But this is the new look of baseball’s most feared slugger.

“All season I’ll wear it, given it is comfortable vision-wise,” Stanton said. “Just to rule out any type of doubt. We’ll see after the first year.”

For some reason, we’re kind of hoping he gains his comfort back in the box enough to drop it at some point. Michael Jordan just wouldn’t have looked right sporting a Rip Hamilton mask his entire career. As hard as Stanton may try to make this thing a thing, we hope it doesn’t stick. Safety first, and all but still.

Great Read on the Upstart Miami Marlins

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The 2015 Miami Marlins are a team we’re excited about. Aside from the centerpiece $325 million slugger that is central to any conversation about their franchise, they have a lot of nice little complementary pieces and they’re going to be a fun team to watch this upcoming season.

Jonah Keri had a great piece on Grantland about how the Marlins got to where they’re at currently, tracing things back to their inauguration and explaining exactly why they couldn’t hang onto a future Hall of Fame caliber player in Miguel Cabrera way back when but found a way to do it with Stanton. It’s worth your time to check out.

Keri has a conversation with David Samson – the team’s president since 2002 (I also learned in this article that he’s team owner’s stepson). Samson is forthcoming about the past firesales and shortfalls the organization has faced, with detailed reasoning as to why the Marlins have had to take the not so Magellan-like path to their present day.

I’m bullish on the Marlins. I love their outfield, and Buster Olney says they’re the best in baseball. I rate their bench as one of the strongest in the National League and think they have some upside in their rotation and bullpen. Mike Redmond is a manager who won’t hurt you.

Some don’t see the Marlins making a big jump in 2015, looking more towards 2016 for their ‘all-in’ year. I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people a year ahead of schedule and be one of the more interesting teams in baseball to watch by April.

 

The Giancarlo Stanton Extension Press Conference

Because many of us have never seen a press conference to discuss a $325-million dollar contract.

Look at the miser Loria as they sign the dotted line together! He’s like ‘sign the fuckin papers’ almost grinning that he pulled this off!

I think that Stanton plays his entire career in Miami and retires with about 550 big league home runs. To lock that down for over a decade is never a bad thing. I just can’t overstate how happy I am to see this elite talent stay with his original organization.

Giancarlo Stanton signs the biggest contract in Sports History

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At 13 years, $325 million dollars; Giancarlo Stanton has signed the most lucrative contract in sports history.

And I think I’m in the minority of folks who believes that this is a great deal for baseball. I hear a lot of people say being critical – saying that the Marlins overpaid – and to these folks I say that teams like Miami simply can’t win with you. They did exactly what they needed to do in backing up their talk that they would offer Stanton a record deal. Prior to learning the terms, many folks said that Stanton would be offered a joke of a contract that wasn’t up to par and the Marlins rhetoric would be ‘well, we tried’.

The Marlins have taken the first step – a large one – in being a credible franchise. They’ve got their cornerstone signed now, and they will continue to make good on their promise to try to build around him. I can’t wait to see how creative they get, because with the pieces already in place there in South Beach (Yelich, Fernandez, Alvarez, Hecheverria) they have a chance to put something fun together in that neat park of theirs and create a good baseball environment.

The curmudgeon owner got off his fortune and wrote a hefty check. It’s on the fans of Miami now to come out and support the team if they appreciate the Marlins getting this deal done and keeping the National League’s finest talent in town.

As the national media is quick to pounce on the first opportunity to mention that Stanton’s contract is ‘heavily backloaded’, the truth is that the player did the good-guy act of allowing his organization to try to get a few complimentary pieces to put a competitive team around him.

The Marlins should be an entertaining watch in 2015 and will likely go for it all in 2016 when Jose Fernandez is fully recovered and they’ve had a year to see what should stick and what should not.

One thing is for certain though, the Marlins are no longer the misfits of the baseball world, and this is one fan who really appreciates that they did all they could to keep their homegrown star.

It’s sounding that the Marlins have pulled off a Stanton heist

This is awesome. The mega-contract in all of baseball (and sports) history is being pulled off by the Miami Marlins, says Jon Heyman. We’re glad it’s going to Stanton and he’s staying put. Cuban Sandwiches are about to be a bit more expensive at Marlins Park.

Miami Marlins would like to have Stanton extension wrapped up by winter meetings

While the entire sports world was distracted by NFL football, Jim Bowdwen welcomed the Miami Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations on MLB Network Radio. It would seem that good old Ralph Bowden might have an inside track of a story here when something goes down – he’s been talking a lot about this story and served as a point of reference (stating he would get this thing done by offering Giancarlo Stanton a no-trade clause).

Hill basically said in some conjecture that the Marlins have created an environment to be one of the ten teams that could be playing in October 2015 in the postseason, and he thinks Stanton recognizes this.

I don’t know what to expect here. I could see the Marlins somehow pulling this off – because you would have to think about folding up shop if you’re not going to build around a player like Stanton. I also think they need to sell hard on the what the Royals were just able to do. If they can paint a picture for Stanton that the Marlins could be the National League’s version of the Royals; something that isn’t that far-fetched, this thing could become a reality in a hurry if they’re offering $28 to $30 million a year over the next six or seven years with a no-trade clause.

You can hear the clip from MLB Network Radio below:

The Marlins are willing to break the bank for Giancarlo Stanton

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If you like what’s good for baseball, (we feel) that you should want the Miami Marlins to find a way to keep big Giancarlo Stanton in South Beach as their centerpiece for a long time to come.

According to a story that broke this morning by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, that’s exactly what they’re going to try to do this offseason.

“He’s the leader of this franchise,” Marlins president David Samson tells USA TODAY Sports. “We always knew the talent he had, but what he’s done this year, playing every day, he’s the definition of a game-changer.

“We call him a no-food player. A no-bathroom player. When he comes to the plate, nobody leaves their seat.

We like that second quote by David Samson – that’s exactly what Stanton is.

The article by USA Today seems to highlight the Marlins’ bright future. There are some pieces, but we don’t quite feel that it’s a roster destined for anything beyond mediocrity. The Marlins need to find a way to re-sign Stanton and then get extremely creative in attracting more talent up and down the roster to truly build around the player who could become the highest-paid in Marlins history.

Make no mistake about it, we’re really hoping Stanton signs that long-term contract in Miami. There are rumors that Stanton could become baseball’s first $300 million dollar player. If his next eight to ten years are anything like this one, he is deserving of that.