Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been a bright spot on an otherwise dismal Miami Marlins team for seven years, and it would seem he’s had enough of the frustration.
Fans in South Florida have been treated to the fantastic play of Giancarlo Stanton since he made his major league debut for the Marlins in June of 2010. Those days may be coming to an end for a frustrated fan base.
Speaking to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Stanton made it clear he’s not willing to go through further rebuilding with the team, and that he has had his fill of losing.
“I don’t want to rebuild … I’ve lost for seven years,” Stanton told Heyman during a discussion about the direction of the Marlins and his future with the team.
For Stanton, who has had a bittersweet seven years with the Marlins, the future could be a interesting one, as he’s considered one of the best young hitters in the game but comes with a $325 million contract in tow, which gives him the power to stay in Miami or leave if he so chooses.
If the Marlins go into yet another rebuild, which seems likely, Stanton could direct where he wanted to go, and based on his comments he’s going to be looking to an immediate contender. The team is currently in sale mode, but getting a well-financed ownership group together to finalize the sale has proven to be a difficult task.
Stanton has been on a personal chase to reach 60 home runs this season, becoming just the sixth player to hit that many in a single season (Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa did it twice). He is sitting at 59 homers with only two games against the Atlanta Braves remaining in the season
Marlins fans will certainly hate to see Stanton leave should that happen, but not nearly as much as they’ll hate living through another team sale and rebuild.