The most important part of every Giancarlo Stanton rumor right now is this: The Marlins haven’t officially put him on the trading block. Teams keep calling because they know the Marlins are a) weird and b) for sale, but they’re inbound calls. The Marlins aren’t actively soliciting offers.
That written, we absolutely have to respond to this rumor:
I’m not disappointed. It’s par for the course, Morrison said, per the Tampa Bay Times. I play for the Rays. I get it.
But where Morrison erred is when he called out Sanchez, who has 14 home runs this season.
Gary shouldn’t be there. Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby, Morrison said. I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.
Let’s take a step back for a moment.
Morrison has already set a career high in home runs this season, at basically the halfway point. Morrison hit 23 home runs with the Marlins in 2011, but has otherwise never hit more than 17 in a season. From 2011-16, he averaged 14 home runs in 109 games per year, so for him to call out another player especially a catcher for having only 14 home runs, as if Morrison is some perennial power threat, is ludicrous.
Even though pop flies mean watching the tiny people in the outfield attempt to read major league fly balls and, ya know, try not to collide with each other at full speed, they do not make for the most fun here.
The Cubs have been hovering around .500 so consistently since the very beginning of the season, it’ll be wildly inappropriate to use the term hovering around .500 for any team over the next decade. Twice they’ve pushed four games over .500. Both times, a four-game losing streak sucked them right back.