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Perez-Stanton connection

Mike Stanton now has something in common with Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Stanton belted his first MLB homer on Friday night, and it was a grand slam off Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza.

Perez, a special assistant in the Marlins organization, belted 339 home runs in his career. Like Stanton, Perez’s first home run was a grand slam.

“April 13, 1965 off Denny Lemaster,” Perez said Saturday, remembering the day as if it were yesterday.

Then a 22-year-old, Perez connected at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

“I never got the ball,” Perez said. “It went to center field, and there was an expressway out there.”

Stanton’s blast came at age 20, and it was in his ninth game. Perez’s slam came in the second game of the 1965 season. A crowd of 4,236 was on hand to see the Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers.

Perez was hitting sixth and playing first base. Among his teammates then were Pete Rose, who played second base, and Frank Robinson was in right field.

The Brewers lineup that day included Joe Torre, Eddie Mathews, Felipe Alou and Sandy Alomar.

Stanton is the sixth Marlin in team history to hit a grand slam for his first MLB homer.

“He’s never going to forget that,” Perez said. “It was his first hit at home. All he has to do is keep playing. He will get better.”

— Joe Frisaro



Live BP has its hazards

The hazards of live batting showed up on Sunday afternoon.

On two separate practice fields, Cody Ross and Gaby Sanchez were each drilled by pitches.

Sean West pegged Ross on the inside of his right ankle, while Ricky Nolasco drilled Sanchez on the left hip. Both batters are now sporting bruises, occupational hazards in the sport.

gabys.JPGBoth are fine and continued taking their swings on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.

In these hitting sessions, pitchers are throwing from behind protective L Screens, while hitters are inside  cages, commonly called a turtles.

For the most part, hitters and pitchers don’t like performing in these controlled situations. But they are part of the preparation process.

“You’re just trying to go up there to work on your game,” Sanchez said. “You’re trying to get in there, and see the ball. You’re trying to pick out good pitches, and recognizing them, so when you start the games, you’ve got a little bit of it.”

Reliever Derrick Turnbow isn’t a big fan of throwing to batters from behind a screen.

A former All-Star with the Brewers, he said a few years ago while with Milwaukee, pitchers threw live BP to their pitchers. He remembers the uneasiness of pitching to former Brewers star Ben Sheets.

“It doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal at all, but you’ve got an L screen in front of you,” Turnbow said. “You’re throwing to your own guys. It’s uncomfortable. I don’t personally like it. It’s one of those things you have to do. Everybody does it. You just try to get through it.”

— Joe Frisaro