Slugger Giancarlo Stanton is not happy with the Miami Marlins. After the Dodgers trade, the Boston Red Sox can use another slugger. It sounds like a match made in MLB heaven—Stanton to the Red Sox. With the Toronto Blue Jays upgrading their roster the other day, the Red Sox must do the same. The AL East is the most competitive division in MLB with Baltimore, New York, Tampa Bay and Toronto all in the mix.
The 23-year-old rightfielder has been in the majors with Miami for three seasons. In that time, he’s hit 93 homers, averaging 40 per 162 games). He’s also got 232 RBIs and a batting average of .270. Bigfoot, as he is nicknamed, might do well in Fenway, using the Green Monster to his advantage. However, there are a few concerns regarding Stanton, his moving from one league to another and his being in a baseball city like Boston.
NL to AL Move
One concern is the move from one league to the other. Players often find the transition difficult. Pitchers going from the NL to the AL sometimes have a hard time facing a lineup with nine hitters rather than just eight. For hitters it can be less problematic, however the fact that a pitching change can be facilitated at any time without affecting the batting order gives managers a little more power in sending in relief to handle certain hitters.
Pressure Cooker Boston
One major problem for players is Boston itself. Not the city but the fans and media. Red Sox Nation is a powerful force and the pressures on and off the field can be daunting. This is especially true for players coming from less passionate and savvy baseball town. Stanton wants to be on a team that’s serious about winning the World Series. If he means that, then he’s going to have to be ready for the huge responsibilities that come with that.
Stanton Tweeted his displeasure at the Miami trade of three star players. He wants to be a contender on a contender. Put him in the lineup with David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia and you could have a pretty darn good 2,3,4 punch. Boston needs a dynamite player with great batting chops. Stanton might just be the one.