Giancarlo Stanton returns to Miami, still rooting for the Marlins

By the final time Giancarlo Stanton put on a Miami Marlins home uniform last season, he was worn down, beaten up, drained.

But that wasn’t all.

At what would prove to be the end of a decadelong roller-coaster ride with a foundering franchise, Stanton also felt enriched, wiser and more complete than he was when he started his Marlins journey as a 17-year-old second-round draft pick in 2007.

A revolving door of Marlins managers — eight in Stanton’s eight seasons with the big league club — made it particularly challenging to feel connected to the organization, even as he was stamping his place in the team record books and launching a barrage of jaw-dropping home runs. Still, the joy and the pain of his time in Miami — plus support from his father, his agents and a small but dependable collection of teammates and assistant coaches — taught him valuable lessons, he nfl nike jerseys free shipping

Home runs at Marlins Park were a regular occurrence for Stanton, who has hit more there (112) than he has anywhere else. He also hit 22 at the Marlins’ previous ballpark, SunLife Stadium, in his first two years in the majors; that’s tied with Citi Field for the second most he has hit at any stadium.1

Stanton also has been on a particularly torrid homer-hitting pace of late, crushing eight in his past 19 games. While he’s just a tick behind the 18-homer pace he had last August with Miami, he’s making his hits count. In the 23 games since fellow power hitter Aaron Judge went on the disabled list July 27 with a chip fracture in his right wrist, Stanton has batted .300 and hit nine home runs with seven doubles, 21 RBIs and a 1.053 OPS.

“He’s been huge for us, especially since Judgey went down,” Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks says. “We needed somebody to step up, and we’ve kind of come together and kept going, trying to find different ways to win ballgames.”cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

After struggling early in the season, Stanton has been among the Yankees’ most consistent offensive weapons.

“I knew I had a big hole to dig out of,” Stanton said after hitting his latest home run Saturday. “But I don’t ever doubt my craft or my work. Sometimes in this game, [it] takes longer than you expect or want.”

“Every at-bat, you always thought that. Even if he struck out or if he struck out five times in a row or whatever, we always knew he would do something.”

Now it’s time for the Marlins to do something. As their rebuild continues, Stanton will be keeping a close eye on how it all progresses.

“Hopefully it’s changing down there,” Stanton says. “The city of Miami is always going to be one of my homes, and I’ll never forget my time there.”