Before opening the 2015 season on Monday, the Marlins took a moment to honor Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich for what they did last year. During pregame ceremonies at Marlins Park, the two were recognized for winning their respective prestigious awards.
Stanton was presented with four awards -- National League Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, Mel Ott Award (NL home run champ) and Players Choice Award -- while Yelich received his NL Gold Glove Award.
"Two special guys," manager Mike Redmond said. "To be able to pencil those guys in our lineup for a long time, it's exciting. It's always nice as a manager to see your players rewarded for having great years, because you know the hard work that's gone into it -- the sacrifices, the ups and downs. It's nice to see those guys go out and be rewarded for being successful."
Stanton became the first Marlin to win a home run title in 2014. The 25-year-old belted 37. He also received his first Silver Slugger and Aaron Award.
"Giancarlo had an unbelievable year," Redmond said.
In his first full big league season, Yelich made an impact at the plate, batting .284 with a .362 on-base percentage. He paced the team with 94 runs scored. But the 23-year-old was recognized for playing outstanding defense in left field.
Actually, Yelich was presented the Gold Glove at a ceremony in New York in November. However, they took the actual trophy back in order to present it on Opening Day.
"It's special," Yelich said. "It probably will be real for the first time tonight. You know you've got a Gold Glove, but you don't really have it, have it. To be able to hold it, and have an actual Gold Glove, it just adds to the excitement of Opening Day."