Fresh bullseyes for Stanton as he gets back to his roots

Marlins' visit to Greensboro returns slugger to origin of professional power

Fresh bullseyes for Stanton as he gets back to his roots

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton pointed toward left field as he looked around NewBridge Bank Park prior to Friday's exhibition game.

There was a distinctive different look from when he played here with the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2008, belting 39 home runs in his first year with a full-season team.

The first thing he noticed were recently constructed buildings as the backdrop.

"There's new targets for me with the apartment buildings," said the slugger, who was known as Mike Stanton when he played for the Grasshoppers.

Indeed, Stanton homered in his first at-bat of the exhibition -- a solo shot with two outs to right-center field off right-hander A.J. Ramos.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.