Marlins endorse Stanton in Derby with ticket deal
Fans can get discounts for every homer the slugger hits at Target Field
MIAMI -- If Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hits anywhere between one and 25 homers at Monday's Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field, Marlins fans should find themselves scrambling to purchase tickets for Miami's next series at home.
The team introduced a special ticket offer Monday that will discount $1 off Lexus Legend Platinum seating for every home run Stanton launches in Minnesota. The offer will be valid for up to 25 homers, and fans can take advantage of the deal on a maximum of four tickets per transaction.
Tickets can be purchased with the discount between 12 p.m. and midnight ET on Tuesday. The special is applicable to all remaining home games.
Almost a week after Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki was chosen as captain of the National League team, Stanton agreed to participate in the slugfest. Fans should be in for a show, as the 24-year-old can easily be found powering balls into upper decks during batting practice. He's been able to translate that strength into games, too, where he's averaging a Majors-best 423.8 feet per home run, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Stanton's longest blast sailed 484 feet on April 4 against the Padres. That had been the longest homer hit in the Majors this season until Mike Trout crushed a 489-foot homer on June 27.
Even though Trout has surpassed the Marlins slugger this year, no one has hit a moonshot farther than Stanton since Aug. 12, 2012, when he drove a ball 494 feet in Colorado.
Stanton's road to the Home Run Derby has been a long one. He was nominated to the NL team in 2012, but he had to withdraw due to surgery on his right knee the day before the contest.
Stanton, who is tied with Tulowitzki for the most home runs in the NL with 21, will be the fourth player in Marlins history to participate in the Home Run Derby. Miguel Cabrera competed in 2006, followed by Dan Uggla in '08 and Hanley Ramirez in '10.
Maria Torres is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.