Giancarlo Stanton reports, still not happy
Giancarlo Stanton reported to the Miami Marlins training camp Friday, but it’s doubtful he’s any happier than he was when the Marlins management dismantled the team, sending several of their stars (Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle) to Toronto in what became Miami North. November 13th, this spewed from Stanton’s Twitter feed
Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
Stanton has reason to be peeved, the Marlins pitched a competitive franchise in a new stadium to reinvigorate South Florida, but in a bait and switch, are completely not looking to win in the near future.
Stanton is the unquestionable star, with almost career 100 home runs before his 24th birthday but hasn’t made over half a million dollars yet in a season. And the team has control over his team selection for 4 more seasons. With arbitration eligibility, his salary will begin to reflect his level of performance, but they have appeared to have cleared payroll to keep him onboard no matter what.
According to an MLB.com story, Stanton was quite the politician today, saying the right things while still expressing displeasure between the lines.
“You’re not going to linger on something and cry about it all day,” Stanton said. “You let it be known how you feel, and push forward.”
“I’m not one to [say], ‘Hey, everyone, feel sorry for me.’ What is there to feel sorry for me about?” Stanton said. “I’m in the big leagues. I play a game for a living.”
He could not play his cards better, it’s clear the barring some sort of run on free agents, his time in Miami will result in “also ran” status, but you don’t want to get the reputation as being a bad clubhouse guy or too quick to stop caring about the team paying your salary.
The Marlins are in a position to deal him at any point and get a lot in return, so his fate may not be sealed for as long as prescribed above. Let’s hope not, Stanton is a talent worthy of being built around, not held hostage.
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