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Mike Stanton is NEXT

The Marlins right fielder is the next big thing in MLB

Updated: December 30, 2011, 1:28 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

AS A KID GROWING UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, Mike Stanton and his father, Mike Sr., would sneak onto the baseball field at a neighborhood church for batting practice. As Dad grooved fastballs, Stanton simply aimed for the stars; the field had no fence. "I just tried to hit it as far as I could," he says of the limitless setting.

Those crude BP sessions jibe perfectly with Stanton's career path, because these days there isn't a ballpark that can ...

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