Just another example of how fractured, and perhaps stupid, the Marlins fans are these days. Not too long ago, the fans were turning on Giancarlo Stanton on Twitter – questioning his dedication to the team (a team most of them, said, was being scrapped for payroll). Most even had said they felt sorry for him and would want to see him leave so that he could be appreciated. Yet, Loria and Co. kept Stanton around and guess what? Fans started turning on him.
Well, it turns out Stanton is pretty good. He has hit 2 home runs in 2 straight games and fans are starting to get excited again. Gee, really?
Not to be crass, but when did that change? Sure, Marlin fans are struggling for some good news these days as they are 5-19 and in danger of being swept by the Cubs, but turning on Stanton marked an all time low. Something Loria wouldn’t even be accused of. But we suggested in a previous article that we expect things to take a turn upwards for Stanton.
Stanton has a history of bad Aprils.
- From 2010-2012, he hit .241 with 3 HRs in 141 ABs, a .318 OBP, .383 SLG, and .701 OPS.
- In 2012, he hit .247 with 1 HR in 73 ABs. His OBP was .286. To put that in perspective, he hit 12 HRs in May.
- This year? Stanton is hitting .209 with 2 HRs in 67 ABs with a .329 OBP, .299 SLG, and .628 OPS.
That means that Stanton has already hit more home runs in April than he ever has. In fact, he doubled his career total to this point (his lone April home run coming last season). Once again, Marlin fans show themselves to be an overreactive bunch – dare I say uneducated bunch. It does seem to be a good thing that personnel decisions aren’t made based on the whims of the fans after all. If you still are doubting, check out how successful the Blue Jays are right now with the former Marlins.