NL East Update: The one where the future is now…

Its official, the Florida Marlins have called up highly touted prospect Mike Stanton, who will wear #27.

Years from now we will look back on this time and say that it was a golden age of the NL East. In a span of 24 hours, Bryce Harper was selected with the first overall pick by the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton are now set to make their major league debuts on the same day…incredible. Stanton isn’t even old enough to have his first drink, but now he will be facing the likes of Johan Santana, Tim Hudson, and who knows…maybe Jamie Moyer, in what would be reminiscent of a 47 year old father pitching to his 20 year old son. The last time the Marlins called up a player this young was Miguel Cabrera in 2003, the year in which they eventually won the franchises second world championship. I’m not trying to make any crazy predictions here with what Stanton will do to this Marlins team because I honestly don’t know what to expect, and who can? The only thing I know is for certain is that more people will be in the seats, and that should be Florida’s main priority at this point.

It was inevitable, the Washington Nationals have selected Bryce Harper with the first overall selection in this years MLB Draft.

What a joy for all those in “Nats Town”, even though this pick was a lock for months, it has to be a relief to have it all over and done with. The Pittsburgh Pirates should bring a pen and paper to take some notes on how to build a franchise, if not, maybe Stephen Strasburg can just show them for himself. Until Washington can become a legitimate playoff contender year in and year out (and hopefully they will), we will not be able to truly appreciate what has taken place in the course of the last five or six years. Remember the Montreal Expos…remember Youppi the mascot, remember RFK Stadium? This franchise has come a long way and those days are seemingly all in the past. Today may very well be the most highly anticipated day in the 41 year history of the franchise.

Jeff Francouer has come out of his cold spell and now is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak.

 

 

I feel like I have devoted several articles to Francouer this season, the first few being how he was the best player on the Mets, and the latter on how his struggles were killing the team. Now, here we are in June talking about how he finally has his swing back. We can talk all we want about who the real Jeff Francouer is but the reality is…despite him being one of the top fielders in the league, he will always be a streaky hitter, and the Mets have to deal with that. When things are going good, Francouer is a fan favorite with Mets fans because of his wide grin and energetic personality, but when things are going bad, he doesn’t let his struggles get the best of him, and I have to admire him for that.

Bobby Cox returning to coaching in 2011…for another team? You be the judge.

Although this article is certainly attention grabbing, you have to take it as seriously as Phil Jackson returning to Chicago to coach the Bulls. It’s not happening. Bobby Cox knows that he has to hang it up after this season because his reputation depends on it. He will be perfectly content with another position in the organization, and plus…they need to get Freddi Gonzalez back in a Braves uniform somehow. For all that Atlanta has accomplished this season, you just have to hope that a ridiculous story like this doesn’t take on a life of its own, but I personally don’t think it will. If the Braves did somehow end up on top in the NL East this season it would be the most appropriate way for Cox to sign off…from where he spent most of his managing career in Atlanta, on top of the division.

 

With Jim Joyce calling balls and strikes, Cole Hamels carried a no-hitter through 6 1/3 of an inning, but eventually lost the game to the Padres.

It must be frustrating to be a Phillie fan now. All of the things they used to do right, they are doing wrong, and it is costing them games they would normally win. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, Jimmy Rollins picked the wrong season to get injured. I don’t think Philadelphia has the same mystique and aura they used to have in previous years. Teams are now coming into Citizins Bank Park knowing that they are depleted, downtrodden, and looking for answers. The baseball world is still watching and waiting for this team to wake up, but when will it come? Time is running out, the Braves are getting more and more confident by the day, the Mets are…well, the Mets, and the Nationals now have two of the best prospects in the entire world.

 

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