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Giancarlo Stanton draws attention for new look at spring training

Giancarlo Stanton in warmups

Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) looks on during pre game batting practice before game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees general manager Aaron Boone said back in December that Giancarlo Stanton was planning to slim down over the winter, and the slugger has clearly done just that.

Stanton arrived in Tampa, Fla., for spring training with the Yankees on Monday. Fans were stunned when videos and photos surfaced of the 34-year-old looking like a different person.

Stanton looked even smaller than usual standing next to the 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge.

Stanton’s fitness has never been in question. He was listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds before and looked more like a bodybuilder than a baseball player. Boone said the hope was that Stanton would shed some pounds and become more athletic in the field and on the bases.

It remains to be seen if the new athletic physique will benefit Stanton, but something was not working before. He batted just .191 with a .695 OPS last season, and the Yankees have been openly frustrated with his inability to stay healthy. Stanton looks like he is committed to trying to figure out a way to improve his situation.

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