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By Bill Ladson
WASHINGTON — Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is having the best year of his career, thus far. Entering Friday’s action, Stanton was hitting .318 with a National League-leading 15 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Nationals infielder Greg Dobbs played with Stanton for three-plus years, and Dobbs is not surprised by the season he is having.
“He is getting better so quickly at his age. He understands the strike zone so much better. His pitch selection has improved dramatically. He is just an athletic phenomenon. I was fortunate to play with him for 3 1/2 years and how he goes about his business. He takes it very seriously. A lot of people think he just shows up to the park and just plays the game. No, he has a very strong work ethic. He takes what he does very seriously.”
Ever since he entered the league in 2010, Stanton has been a nuisance to the Nationals. During his career, Stanton is 70-for-258 (.317) with 21 home runs and 50 RBIs. At Nationals Park, Stanton has a .336 batting average with 14 home runs and 27 RBIs.
Asked why he is having so much success at Nationals Park, Dobbs said, “There are just some places where guys just really love to hit in, and this just happens to be one of those parks for him. He feels comfortable in the box. He sees the ball well here, obviously. I just think it’s one of those things where he feels very comfortable hitting here.”
Since he entered the Major Leagues in 2011, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has had plenty of success against the Nationals, hitting .341 with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs. MLB.com caught up with Stanton recently to talk about his performances against the Nationals.
MLB.com: Ever since you came into the league, your biggest success has come against the Nationals. How do you explain it?
Giancarlo Stanton: You can’t attest it to anything specific. They have one of the best pitching staffs in the league. There is nothing I can say that clicks against them. It’s just one of those things.
MLB.com: Most of your success has come at Nationals Park.
Stanton: It has a great backdrop. You can see the ball pretty well out here. There isn’t anything special other than that.
MLB.com: On Twitter, I call you the living legend because of what you do against the Nationals. When you hear that, what do you think?
Stanton: Thank you. That’s cool. You have to take it for what it’s worth knowing there are other great players. I’ll keep pushing forward and play.
MLB.com: The Marlins didn’t play badly during Spring Training. How do you think they will do this season?
Stanton: The spring is completely different from what we are about to go through now. I’ll take the energy from spring and hope to put it together [for this season]. We are going to have adversity and we are going to have great competition. We have to step up.
It’s all up in the air. We have to put it together. We’ll be fine. It could go either way. It’s one of those things where we have the tools to do it. So we have to surprise some people. It’s how long those tools are going to stay sharp, or are we going to go out?
MLB.com: Bryce Harper once tweeted that he wouldn’t mind having you as a teammate. He said this after you were upset about the Marlins being dismantled during the offseason. What was your reaction to Harper’s comments?
Stanton: It was cool. We would all love to play together. Us in the same lineup would be ridiculous. It was all in good pleasure, all fun.
MLB.com: A lot of fans would love to see you play in DC because of your success at Nationals Park. How good is it to know that the fans in DC respect you?
Stanton: It’s good. When fans who are not from your city respect the way you play and know the type of player that you are, it’s such a good feeling.
MLB.com: What kind of season do you think you will have?
Stanton: I have to be locked in. Everybody says that every year. I say more so this year because … there is not added pressure, but obviously more people are looking to me this year than in previous years. I don’t need to live up to anybody’s expectations. That’s not my focus. I need to live up to what I’m capable of. That’s one day at a time, that’s one at-bat at a time.