Stanton getting back on track
BY JOHN FAY | JFAY@ENQUIRER.COM
SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Mike Stanton doesn’t make excuses. As much as he struggled last season, he always was available.
So it's in a matter-of-fact tone that Stanton talked about how his father's death affected him last year, when he went 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA in his first season as a Red.
“My father (Bill) was sick last year," he said. "I was going back and forth a lot. He ended up passing away the second week of January. That kind of made the offseason tough. Even after the funeral, you still have a motivation problem.”
This off-season has been better.
“I just had a much more consistent offseason as far as getting my workouts in,” he said.
Stanton, the 40-year-old left-hander, is under contract for $3 million this year, so it’s very likely that he’ll make the club.
Fortunately for the Reds, he seems to have found his old form this spring. In four of five outings, he’s held the opposition hitless and scoreless.
“It’s been a quiet spring,” Stanton said. “Physically I feel good. I’m throwing all right. I’m happy where I am right now.”
"Stanton is under contract for 3 million, so it's very likely he will make the club" This tells me all I need to know; Stanton will be on the 25 man roster to start the year.