The tragic death of ace Jose Fernandez last September robbed the world of a brilliant, exuberant talent whose style and back story made him a perfect fit for the Miami market; he was the face of his team as much as of the other 29 choices we've made. That shouldn't be taken as a slight against Stanton, whose incredible power is one of the game's signature skills. For all of the credibility problems the Marlins have had during their quarter-century of existence, few things in the sport are more satisfying than when a towering Stanton drive sets off the Dinger Machine, the $2.5 million circus of flashing lights, rotating marlins and waterspouts comprising Red Grooms' animatronic sculpture beyond the centerfield wall at Marlins Park.
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