SPORTS COLUMNIST

David J. Neal
Since coming to The Herald in 1989, David Neal has covered shootings, domestic violence, labor strife which is to say he covered high school sports and Florida International sports for three and a half seasons, the Florida Panthers for 11 seasons, the NFL/Miami Dolphins for four seasons. Along the way, the Indianapolis born and raised Neal has written several auto racing columns, although he considers the Indianapolis 500's Race Day the one holiday on which he refuses to work.

Email David at dneal@miamiherald.com

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David J. Neal: The bottom line: Miami Marlins are building a contender as long as Stanton is re-signed

 
 <span class="cutline_leadin">Big fish</span>: Giancarlo Stanton is in line for a mega payday, and the Marlins can’t afford to let him walk.

Dan Jennings and Mike Hill must perform the Herculean task of keeping Giancarlo Stanton’s brawny bat from taking the road most traveled by Marlins’ prospects who develop into stars. They gained the salary space to do so on those two seemingly dark days in 2012 when the Marlins deconstructed the team built to play in the newly constructed Marlins Park.