Fragile is defined as easily broken, shattered, or damaged. For years I have defended Giancarlo Stanton and made the claim that his injuries are just bad luck and not because he is fragile. Finally it is time to reverse course. Stanton is fragile.
Once again Giancarlo will spend time on the disabled list this season. In Saturday’s game he limped off the field in the ninth inning with a groin injury and today we learned that he will go on the 15-day DL. We still don’t know the extent of the latest injury, but an MRI will be done soon to give the team a better idea as to what they are dealing with.
Stanton made his major league debut in 2010 with the Marlins as a 20 year old. In his rookie season he played in 100 games. In 2011 he played in a career high 150 games. Over his seven year career Stanton has played in 811 games, an average of 116 games per season. He has spent time on the disabled list in parts of multiple seasons. In 2011 he battled leg and eye injuries, 2012 knee soreness, 2013 a grade two hamstring injury, 2014 he was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch and 2015 he broke the hamate bone in his left hand.
Stanton has tremendous talent and has been an all-star three out of the seven years he has been in the league, but none of that does any good if he can stay on the field and play. There is a saying in sports, the best ability is availability, and clearly Stanton does not always possess that ability.