Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was presented with the Hank Aaron award at the World Series on Wednesday.
This is the second time in Stanton's career that he has taken home this great honor. The award is given to the top hitter in each league and Stanton separated himself from the competition in 2017. Fans as well as select members of the media took part in the voting process for the award.
In what was possibly his final season in Miami, Stanton set multiple franchise records. Stanton compiled 59 home runs, to go along with 132 runs batted in. The All-Star chased down baseball history until the final day of the season. Even though he failed to reach 60 home runs, Stanton still cemented himself into the history books.
With new ownership in place and a possible payroll purge on the way, Stanton's days in Miami may be numbered. The organization has not provided many details on plans for the roster, but it could be difficult to retain Stanton. The Marlins had a payroll that eclipsed $100 million in 2017 and that number would soar even higher without some cost-cutting maneuvers.
This may be just the first award that Stanton takes home this off-season. The Most Valuable Player award is usually given to a player on a playoff team, but it is not always the case. Stanton's eye-popping statistics could be enough to get him the honor, despite Miami's losing record. It would be the first MVP award in franchise history if Stanton is named the winner.
Miami's roster plans should begin to become evident following the conclusion of the World Series. At only 27, Stanton should have plenty of more history ahead of him. It remains to be seen if any of those big moments will come in Miami.