LOS ANGELES, September 12, 2014 — Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton took a pitch in the face yesterday from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Stanton suffered injuries to his face and teeth.
Jeff Passan also said that one of Stanton’s teeth was stuck in his cheek and there was a hole big enough “the doctor’s index finger could fit in it.”
While the injuries will not require surgery, they are expected to keep him out for the rest of the season. Stanton said he wants to try to come back before the end of the year, but that seems unlikely given Miami’s place in the standings. Those flying fish beyond the outfield wall at Marlins Stadium can take the rest of the year off.
Stanton was the only player really in the conversation with Clayton Kershaw for the MVP award in the National League. Any long shot hopes any of the few thousand Miami baseball fans may have had at a 2014 postseason are certainly now dashed.
While the loss to the Marlins is huge, everyone knows that they were not going to be going anywhere this year. The real loss is to those fantasy baseball owners who are in the midst of their playoffs.
Giancarlo Stanton was likely your first pick in the draft and without a doubt the main contributor in your offense. It is probably because of Stanton that your team is even in the playoffs. Now that he is done for sure for the rest of the fantasy year, your team is also done.
You will not advance to the next round. You will not pass go and you certainly will not pick up your $200. Your entry fee for your league should now be seen as a donation and no longer an investment.
If you are in a keeper league, the injuries should not physically affect his play. He may have some mental hurdles to get over before he gets back in the box, but he will be fine to keep for next year.
At the end of the day, Stanton is lucky the injuries are not worse and that the Marlins are not competing for the post season.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the MVP voting. Clayton Kershaw missed the first month with an injury and now Stanton will miss the last two weeks, but depending on what Kershaw and the Dodgers do in these last two weeks, Stanton’s time on the DL may unfairly work against him.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin also writes for New Noise Magazine and plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk band Emmer Effer. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball