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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!

GIANCARLO CLOSES IN ON BASEBALL HISTORY

With less than 3 weeks to go in the season, time to look again at a note I researched a few weeks ago, detailing just how historic Giancarlo Stanton’s 2014 season has a chance to be.

The 24-year-old slugged his league-leading 37th home run last night in Milwaukee, driving in his NL-best 105th run. Giancarlo leads Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs by 7 home runs and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers by 5 RBI in his quest to become the first Marlin to ever lead the National League in either of those categories, let alone both in the same season.

Now here’s where things get truly historic (even forgetting for a second he also leads the league in WAR, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits, total bases, walks, home run ratio and RBI ratio, while currently ranking 2nd in OBP):

The last major league player to lead his league in both home runs and RBI at the age of 24 or younger was 23-year-old Jose Canseco, who hit 42 long balls and drove in 124 at the age of 23 for the A’s in 1988.

The last National Leaguer to turn the trick was Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench who, at the age of 24, led the NL with 40 homers and 125 RBI in 1972. Bench had also previously achieved the feat at the age of 20 in 1970.

Here’s the complete list of players who have led their league in both home runs and RBI in the same season before the age of 25 (age as of June 30). Note that every player on the list except for Canseco is a member of the Hall of Fame:

Jose Canseco (OAK) in 1988 at age 24
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1972 at age 22
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1970 at age 20
Orlando Cepeda (SF) in 1961 at age 23
Henry Aaron (MIL) in 1957 at age 23
Mickey Mantle (NYY) in 1956 at age 24
Ted Williams (BOS) in 1942 at age 23
Hank Greenberg (DET) in 1935 at age 24
Jimmie Foxx (PHA) in 1932 at age 24
Babe Ruth (BOS) in 1919 at age 24

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in homers (but not RBI) was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, who slugged 50 at the age of 23 in 2007.

The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in RBI (but not home runs) was Matt Williams of the Giants, who knocked in 122 at age 24 in 1990.

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STAT OF THE DAY (SEPT. 9 at MIL)

With his 154th career home run last night, Giancarlo Stanton tied Dan Uggla for the Marlins franchise home run lead.

Stanton has hit his 154 home runs in 631 games, while Uggla needed 776 games to slug his 154.

Stanton joins Evan Longoria of the Rays as one of only 2 active players to be his current franchise’s career home run king.

The only active players who rank 2nd in their club’s history are David Wright (whose 230 homers are 22 behind Darryl Strawberry in Mets history) and Paul Konerko (whose 432 home runs are 16 behind Frank Thomas for the top spot on the White Sox career list).

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150 AND COUNTING FOR GIANCARLO

Giancarlo Stanton launched his 150th career home run tonight in Anaheim, a 3-run blast off Cory Rasmus.

Stanton reached 150 in his 619th major league games, 12th-fastest of any player in history.

Ryan Howard 495 games

Eddie Matthews 569 games

Ralph Kiner 570 games

Albert Pujols 586 games

Mark McGwire 588 games

Chuck Klein 593 games

Willie Mays 598 games

Adam Dunn 607 games

Joe DiMaggio 608 games

Bob Horner 609 games

Rocky Colavito 616 games

Giancarlo Stanton 619 games

Stanton hit #150 at 24 years, 290 days, making him the 10th-youngest player to reach the milestone.

Mel Ott 23.196

Eddie Matthews 23.332

Andruw Jones 24.158

Ken Griffey, Jr. 24.180

Albert Pujols 24.212

Alex Rodriguez 24.255

Mickey Mantle 24.255

Jimmie Foxx 24.263

Johnny Bench 24.288

Giancarlo Stanton 24.290

(Research assistance provided by STATS LLC)

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