A QUICK CASE FOR GIANCARLO

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It takes something big to bring Fish Tales out of its winter hibernation, but today’s a big day.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its selections for the 2014 American League and National League Most Valuable Player awards tonight. Conventional wisdom seems to have Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as the NL MVP favorite after he took home his 3rd career Cy Young Award last night, but I’m here to make a very quick case for why I think Giancarlo Stanton should be the first Marlin ever to receive Baseball’s most prestigious on-field honor.

I think this point is critical, and I don’t think it’s gotten much attention:

While both Stanton and Kershaw had amazing seasons, Giancarlo had his at the plate in a season dominated by pitchers (with offense at its lowest levels in about 30 years) while playing half his games in a pitcher’s park. Kershaw had his remarkable season at a time when pitchers across both leagues are dominating the sport, while also having the advantage of pitching in a pitcher’s park and in a largely pitcher-friendly division.

In a season in which offense was harder to come by and should be MORE VALUED than it has been in 3 decades, Giancarlo Stanton was clearly the most productive offensive player in the National League for the most improved team in the league. The context of the season and the circumstances in which he—and Kershaw–put up their numbers should not be ignored.

To take it a step further, while there is no doubt Kershaw was brilliant over his 27 starts and deserved the Cy Young Award he received last night, the fact is he pitched in exactly 1/6 of his team’s games as opposed to Stanton, who played in every Marlins game of the season before his September beaning and led his club to the biggest increase in wins of any National League club from 2013 to 2014. One season after 100 losses, Stanton had the Marlins playing meaningful games in September despite not having their ace pitcher after early May.

When his season was cut 17 games short by the gruesome injury on September 11, Giancarlo led the league in nearly every major offensive category. Additionally, he was recognized for his defensive excellence as a Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist.

No National League player impacted more games in more ways more dramatically in 2014. To me, THAT is the definition of Most Valuable.

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DRUMROLL PLEASE

Thanks to all who cast their votes during the season’s final weeks for the 2014 Marlins Fish Tales Award winners.

We are pleased to announce the results, now that they have been verified by an independent accounting firm:

You selected Giancarlo Stanton as the 2014 Marlins Most Valuable Player with 93% of the vote. Others receiving votes included Casey McGehee, Steve Cishek and Christian Yelich.

You selected Henderson Alvarez as 2014 Marlins Pitcher of the Year with 68% of the vote. Steve Cishek finished second with 16%. Also receiving votes: Bryan Morris, Tom Koehler, A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn and Dan Jennings.

And, in our most hotly contested race, you chose Casey McGehee as your Favorite 2014 Marlins Newcomer with 56 percent of the vote. Jarred Cosart came in second with 36 percent, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson and Bryan Morris also received votes.

Thanks for voting and congratulations to our Fishies winners!

STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 16 at NYM)

With the Marlins improving to 6-2 in games started by Jarred Cosart last night, here’s a look at the club’s record in games started by each of the 13 pitchers who have made a start for Miami in 2014:

Kevin Slowey 2-0 (1.000)

Jarred Cosart 6-2 (.750)

Brad Penny 3-1 (.750)

Henderson Alvarez 18-9 (.667)

Jose Fernandez 5-3 (.625)

Jacob Turner 6-6 (.500)

Tom Koehler 14-16 (.467)

Anthony DeSclafani 2-3 (.400)

Brad Hand 5-9 (.357)

Nathan Eovaldi 10-20 (.333)

Andrew Heaney 1-3 (.250)

Randy Wolf 1-3 (.250)

Brian Flynn 0-1 (.000)

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

The Marlins go in search of their 3rd win in a row when they play the middle game of their 3-game series in New York tonight at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 15 at NYM)

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Marlins yesterday became the first team in Baseball to win twice in 2014 when trailing by 3 runs or more in the 9th inning or later. Miami also turned the trick July 28 against the Nationals.

Before 2014, the Marlins had pulled off that feat only once in the last 6 seasons, in an 11-inning 9-6 win at Washington on April 18, 2009.

Yesterday’s amazing finish in Philadelphia probably should not have come as a surprise.

The Marlins and Phillies have played 16 times this season with 13 of the meetings being decided by 3 runs or fewer. Miami is 4-9 in those games, and 3-0 in games decided by 4 runs or more.

9 of the 16 meetings have been decided by one run (Miami is 4-5), 2 have been decided by 2 runs (0-2), and 2 have been decided by 3 runs (0-2).

Including Saturday’s contest, 4 of the games have gone to extra innings (the Marlins are 1-3), and 5 have been decided in walk-off fashion (2-3).

The Marlins and Phillies conclude their remarkable season series with 3 games at Marlins Park next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Marlins’ 3-city road trip moves on to New York tonight for the first of 3 against the Mets at 7:10, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:40 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 12 at PHI)

Marcell Ozuna last night tied a club record, as he became the 7th player in Marlins history to homer in 4 consecutive games.

The others to do so: Kurt Abbott (1994), Preston Wilson (2000), Miguel Cabrera (2004), Hee-Seop Choi (2004), Josh Willingham (2008) and Giancarlo Stanton (2011).

The 23-year-old is one of only 9 major leaguers to homer in at least 4 games in a row in 2014. Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Caleb Joseph of the Orioles and Devin Mesoraco of the Reds have gone deep in 5 consecutive games.

Ozuna joins Josh Harrison of the Pirates, George Springer of the Astros, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays and Mark Trumbo of the D-Backs in homering in 4 straight.

Among all big leaguers 23 and younger, Ozuna ranks 2nd to only Mike Trout with his 23 overall home runs (Trout has 32 for the Angels). And he ranks 2nd to only Trout with his 85 RBI (Trout has 103).

In his first full big league season, Ozuna is tied for 5th in the National League with 85 RBI, trailing only his teammate Giancarlo Stanton (105), Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers (102), Justin Upton of the Braves (96) and Ryan Howard of the Phillies (92).

His 23 long balls are tied for 8th in the league behind only Stanton (37), Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (30), Upton (27), Lucas Duda of the Mets (27), Marlon Byrd of the Phillies (25), Todd Frazier of the Reds (25) and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals (24).

That leaves Stanton and Upton as the only 2 NL players with more homers AND more RBI than Ozuna.

That’s today’s Stat of the Day. To have the Stat of the Day delivered to you directly via e-mail, click the “Follow” button and enter your e-mail address.

The Marlins continue their road trip with the first of 3 in Philadelphia at 7:05, and you can catch all of the action on 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network. Our coverage begins at 6:35 with Marlins On Deck. An updated list of network affiliates—and information about how you can tune in online, on your mobile devices or via satellite radio–is located at http://glenngeffner.mlblogs.com/2014/07/22/hear-here-3/

For more on the Marlins and Major League Baseball, follow me on Twitter at @GlennGeffner and friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/GlennGeffner. To have new Fish Tales posts and the Stat of the Day delivered directly to you via email, please click the “Follow” button and enter your email address. And you can catch Marlins play-by-play on the radio all season long on new flagship station AM 940 WINZ and the Marlins Radio Network.

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