The San Francisco Giants’ pursuit of Miami Marlins superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton is said to be driven at least in part by managing partner Larry Baer, who is said to “love” Stanton.
It hasn’t been previously reported, but Baer himself was among the Giants contingent at the team’s meeting with Stanton last Thursday and his main representative, Joel Wolfe, in Los Angeles.
Under Baer’s leadership, the Giants have been one of Major League Baseball’s most successful franchises from a fan and business perspective, and he has a clear interest in starting a new sellout streak at AT&T Park (their streak of 530 straight sellouts, which began in October 2010, was snapped in July).
The Giants’ baseball people and scouts also very much like Stanton (who wouldn’t?), but considering their original monetary constraints and their standing at the bottom of the NL West last year, there was said to have been something of a split originally as to whether this was the play to make at this time. So it’s possible that the thinking of the Giants’ baseball people may be somewhat similar to that of Stanton himself; he is said to have had reservations about whether they will contend quickly – though they are still believed to be the preferred choice over the Cardinals and could easily get the call.
J.D. Martinez is seen as the likely backup plan should they not get Stanton, who led all of baseball with 59 home runs last season en route to winning his first league MVP in a close race over Reds first baseman Joey Votto.
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