All season Miami Marlins' Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been hitting home runs to the moon. All 59 of them, have awed Major League Baseball.
As the season is coming to an end, Stanton has emerged as a front runner for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Even though Stanton and the Marlins are not in the postseason hunt, Stanton can be credited for pushing the fish from 13 games below .500 in May to an astonishing three games over .500 and 4.5 games back of a wild card spot in late August.
During the month of August, the 6'6" 27-year-old bashed 18 long balls and tied Rudy York's 80-year-old record of home runs hit in the month of August. Not only did Stanton tie this record, he became the sixth player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs before the end of August.
Stanton is highly deserving of winning the NL MVP award this season. He is in the top-five in the majority of categories across the league.
Stanton is leading the league in home runs, which he has 59 of. He has hit the most home runs in a single season since Ryan Howard did so in 2006, when he had 58. In the RBI race, he is tied with Rockies' Nolan Arenado does, with 129.
Stanton has the second most runs scored in the NL, with 121 of them. He sits behind Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, who has 136 runs scored. Stanton also leads the league with a .636 slugging percentage.
Keep in mind this is not the first time Stanton has been considered an MVP candidate. In 2014, when he hit .288 with 37 HRs and 105 RBIs, he was the runner-up behind Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw for the award. Obviously Stanton is having a much better season then his 2014 season.
Stanton deserves to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. This is a no-brainer.
This is Stanton's year!
The Atlanta Braves have extended catcher Kurt Suzuki through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $3.5 million. MLB.com's Mark Bowman was first to report the deal.
Suzuki served as a part-time catcher this season, alongside Tyler Flowers. Suzuki served as a veteran presence this year in Atlanta. The Braves were fond of Suzuki's first year with the team. Suzuki will earn $2 million more next season.
Suzuki, 33, put together an excellent campaign at the plate in 255 at-bats. He slugged a slash line of .271/.343/.525 with 18 round-trippers and 47 RBIs.
Suzuki has collected a 2.2 WAR this season, which is the highest since his all-star season in 2010 with the Minesota Twins.