Breathe easy, Miami Marlins fans. Superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton is doing fine and was even able to finish Saturday’s intrasquad game after being hit on the left hip by a pitch from Henderson Alvarez. Henderson Alvarez plunks Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch during #Marlins intrasquad game. pic.twitter.com/HEthx3ZkrH — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) February 28, 2015 Though not a big deal, this probably isn’t the way the Marlins wanted spring training to begin considering the way Stanton’s season ended in 2014. During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 11, Stanton suffered several facial fractures and dental damage after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch. That led to Stanton actually debuting a custom helmet designed to protect his face on Saturday . [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] The helmet obviously couldn’t protect his hip, but the good news is this is only a story because of what happened last season, and in no way will be an extension of that incident. In some ways it may even help Stanton to get that first hit by pitch out of the way so he can focus on preparing and adjusting to his new headgear.  “Feels good,” Stanton said, afterward. “No thoughts, 100 percent fine. Didn’t have one thought about it.” The moment may have been more anxious for Henderson Alvarez. The 2014 All-Star admitted to being nervous before facing Stanton in a live batting practice session on Thursday. He obviously felt bad for what happened on Saturday, but thankfully the two players were able to joke about it afterward. In fact, once it was confirmed that Stanton was OK, the concern actually turned to the object involved in the beaning. #Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto on Giancarlo Stanton being HBP: “I think the ball might have been hurt more than him.” — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) February 28, 2015 Unlike Stanton, the baseball was unable to finish the game, but we’re sure it will return for a future batting practice session, in which Stanton will welcome another opportunity to crush it 500 feet.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] As for how Stanton felt wearing the helmet on Saturday, he said the following to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinal .   “Better than I thought, to be honest,” Stanton said of his new gear. “You can’t get it fully out of your vision, out of your peripheral, at least. But in terms of focusing on the pitcher, I had no trouble with that. But walking up or running the bases, it’s more noticeable, because you’re not focusing on one thing.” That sounds annoying, but that’s also to be expected. We’re guessing Stanton will be used to it enough by the time April rolls around that he won’t even notice it.  One thing is definitely for sure though. He’ll look a lot more menacing when rounding the bases on his next monster homer.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Miami (Marlins). Now he is back in his old stomping grounds, or close to them, after being traded from Miami to the San Francisco Giants and he said it ”just feels right.” ”I don’t know how else to put it,” McGehee said Friday.

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Veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, confirming a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Thanks for all the tweets keep them coming it’s true today I’m officially retiring today.Blessed and grateful to have played the game I love — Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) February 27, 2015 The announcement comes as a mere formality, rather than a major surprise. The writing was on the wall for Pierre following a difficult year in 2013, which saw him hit just .247/.284/.305 across the board in 330 plate appearances. In fact, he seemed to be resigned to his fate in baseball following that season, understanding there wasn’t much demand for aging outfielders with limited offensive upside. “They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I’ll be fine. I’ll be OK with it either way.” Without a major league offer in hand, Pierre ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season. He didn’t appear on anybody’s radar this past winter either, so at 37 he’s officially ending his journey after appearing in 1,994 MLB games and winning one World Series championship with the then Florida Marlins in 2003. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Though Cooperstown won’t be calling in five years, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Pierre’s career. In addition to his longevity, Pierre was remarkably durable and productive during the prime years of his career, which mostly came during his first stint in Miami (2003-2005). During that time, Pierre never missed a game and established single-season franchise records for hits (221), singles (184), triples (13), and at-bats (678).

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With half the league already profiled, we’ll turn our attention to the bullpens of the AL Central.

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Giancarlo Stanton saw his first live pitches since his beaning back in September. The Marlins will have to wait at least one more day to watch Stanton take his first swing. While other members of his hitting group swung freely Thursday during the Miami’s first live batting practice sessions of the spring, Stanton – wearing a traditional-style batting helmet – tracked all 10 pitches he saw, five from Henderson Alvarez and five from Brad Hand, into the catcher’s mitt. The 25-year-old Stanton says he didn’t experience any anxiety stepping into the batter’s box for the first time since a Mike Fiers fastball broke his orbital bone and damaged five teeth in September.

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Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey doesn’t expect to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from surgery in September to repair a tear in the flexor tendon by his right elbow. Bailey said on Wednesday that he hasn’t had any setbacks since arriving for spring training last week. They also need to replace starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, who were traded in the offseason. He got a six-year, $105 million contract during spring training last year.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said it’s ”unfair and inaccurate” for Miami pitcher Mat Latos to suggest that Cincinnati rushed him back from an injury last season and lacked leadership in the clubhouse. One day after Latos made his comments in an interview with Fox Sports, Price and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty on Monday took exception to several of the pitcher’s assertions. Specifically, they objected to Latos’ comment that the training staff pushed him too fast as he recovered from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee during spring training. Latos later developed more knee problems and elbow issues, limiting him to 16 starts.

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The stirrings of baseball in sun-drenched Florida and Arizona provide light at the end of a frigid tunnel and an optimistic renewal that fosters hope of better days ahead. “It’s a new beginning for all of us, each year,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters in Arizona on the joys of spring training. Many teams opened their coffers to restock rosters, notably the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox who could change the MLB landscape.

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Giancarlo Stanton arrived at spring training in the same old Maserati he drove last year. ”I haven’t changed at all,” Stanton said Tuesday. There were more fans and more media, because of both Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki, who was acquired in the offseason and reported to camp tailed by his usual entourage of Japanese reporters. While the Marlins haven’t been to the postseason since 2003, a productive winter allowed players to talk about contending without sounding silly.

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