On Aug. 14, with the Miami Marlins in the thick of a playoff race, Giancarlo Stanton collapsed in a heap as he tried to stretch a single into a double. On his way to second base, he suffered a left groin injury so serious that Marlins manager Don Mattingly announced that his superstar wouldn’t play in another game this season.
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Stanton scoffed at that medical assessments. Just three weeks after suffering the tear, he was activated by the Marlins and returned to the team as a pinch hitter. Last night, he hit his first home run since his somewhat miraculous return, and, like most of his homers, it landed in another galaxy. I mean, just look at this thing.
Stanton’s bomb left his bat traveling 115 miles per hour and traveled 448 feet, a solo shot that helped propel the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. For Stanton to come back so quickly after an injury that severe without losing any of his swing power is even more incredible than the distance of his home run.