Giancarlo Stanton watched many a game at Dodger Stadium while growing up in the Los Angeles area. On Tuesday night, he etched his name in stadium lore, becoming just the fourth player to hit the ball out of the park.
Stanton’s first-inning blast struck the top of the corrugated metal canopy over the left-field pavilion and bounced out of the park with a loud bang. Stanton received an appreciative ovation from the crowd.
“It brought back a lot of memories,” said Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who is one of the three other players to hit one out of the 53-year-old stadium. “I’m in awe of watching him hit. It’s fun to watch.”
According to the Dodgers, Willie Stargell and Mike Piazza are the only other players to hit one out. Stargell did it twice.
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Stanton hit his shot off Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger. The estimated distance of the homer was 478 feet, according to the Dodgers. ESPN Stats and Information measured it at 467 feet. According to ESPN, it was the fifth-longest homer hit by Stanton in his career.
His longest was 494 feet at Coors Field in Denver on Aug.17, 2012. But the ball does not carry at Dodger Stadium as well as it does at Coors.
“It was amazing,” said Marlins pitcher Dan Haren, who took the loss in the Dodgers’ 11-1 blowout win. “If anybody was going to do it, it was him.”
Haren once pitched for the Dodgers and is familiar with the nuances of the stadium.
ALVAREZ ON WAY BACK
The Marlins were so impressed with Henderson Alvarez’s rehab outing on Monday that they haven’t ruled out having him make his next start with them in Miami.
“To be determined,” Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said. “We’re actually talking through that right now. We’re seeing how he feels [Wednesday] to decide if he needs another rehab [outing] or if he’s going to be ready to plug and go.”
If there is no soreness, Jennings said “let’s put him in the league where it counts the most.”
Alvarez pitched six scoreless innings for Single A Jupiter, allowing no runs on four hits. He struck out five and didn’t issue any walks. Alvarez threw 75 pitches. If he is to make one more rehab start, it would likely be with Double A Jacksonville or Triple A New Orleans. One way or the other, the Marlins are anxious to put their Opening Day starter back in the rotation.
“It would be huge,” Jennings said.
“It puts everybody else in the proper order, and it’s going to help the bullpen, because somebody’s going to go to the bullpen. It helps the staff quality-wise and depth-wise.”
When Alvarez rejoins the rotation, either Tom Koehler or David Phelps will go to the bullpen.
▪ While the Marlins inquired about free agent Rafael Soriano, sources said Tuesday that they’re no longer considering the veteran as a bullpen addition. One reason: The Marlins feel it would take Soriano, who has not pitched this season, anywhere from four to six weeks just to get ready to pitch for them.
▪ Thursday: Off day.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (2-0, 2.90 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (3-1, 4.74), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.