Baseball has always been a game that has not only taken numbers seriously, but elevated them to exalted levels. Statistics have long been an integral part of the sport, even before the “sabermetric” revolution led by pioneering names like Bill James and Billy Beane. And they’ve taken analysis to new levels of complexity and influence, placing computer scientists and mathematicians next to traditional scouts and baseball experts in the decision-making process.

But even in a sport dominated by big numbers, few figures stand out like the 13-year, $325 million contract signed by Giancarlo Stanton with the. “There’s no ‘What if? Where am I going to play next year? Am I going to play somewhere next year?’ That I [didn’t] have to do that with my contract is a benefit, and I’m glad I was able to do that of course.”

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