Giancarlo Stanton is proof that money doesn’t always buy happiness. Despite his 13-year, $325 million contract, Stanton said prior to Thursday’s game against the Dodgers that his frustration level with the Marlins is at its highest point yet. From the Miami Herald:
“It’s probably the highest ever,” Stanton said. “It’s higher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year.”
The Marlins went on to lose last night’s game, their ninth defeat in the last 10 games. With a 14-26 record, you can understand why Stanton’s frustration is growing. No one expected the Marlins to be good, but they have been atrocious ever since the last week of April. Before a four-game losing spurred the tailspin, they were actually above .500 at 10-8.
Stanton hasn’t been phenomenal, but he hasn’t been part of the problem hitting .263/.339/.533 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI.
“We’ve had some bad luck with injuries, and we haven’t been playing well,” Stanton said. “Just a funk. But we’ve got to get out of it or the season is going to be twice as long as the last few years.”
“Surprised? Yes,” Stanton said. “No one expected it to be like this.”
This is Stanton’s eighth season in Miami, and he’s never been on a .500 team. The team’s best season came when he was a rookie as they went 80-82 and finished third in the NL East.
That’s how a franchise winds up with its biggest news of the last few weeks being a “mermaid” flashing her cleavage at opposing pitchers.