Though Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has never experienced a winning record as a major league player, he's hopeful that will change in 2014. The outfielder had some pretty strong words for reporters on Saturday in regards to Miami's lack of success during his tenure.
"I'm not a loser. That's not what I'm accustomed to. That's not what I like to do. So obviously it hasn't been ideal so far. And I don't want a career like that."
Stanton also referred to his time with the Marlins as a "circus." Since entering the league, Marlins teams with Stanton on them have finished 80-82, 79-90, 69-93 and 62-100. Each year they've gotten worse and sometimes those losses have been followed by embarrassing events off the field.
This offseason the Marlins added veteran free agents to their emerging core of young talent. They signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a two-year deal, and also signed Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee. The team figures to be at least a little better this season than they were in 2013.
Unless the Marlins extend Stanton some time soon, he'll hit free agency after the 2016 season. He's under contract for three more years, but as we've seen before, the Marlins like to trade impending free agents for prospects.
Will the Marlins right the ship this season, or once again be a "circus" as Stanton referred to them?