Giancarlo Stanton led Major League Baseball with 59 home runs in 2017, which was the same year the Astros cheated their way to a World Series title with their elaborate sign-stealing scheme. Had Stanton played for Houston that year, he believes he would currently be MLB’s home run king.
Stanton discussed the Astros’ cheating scandal with the media on Thursday, and he echoed the sentiments of many other players across the league. The slugger said he felt the punishment was not nearly harsh enough. He also said he would have hit 80 home runs in 2017 if he knew which pitches were coming.
Stanton added that the lack of remorse shown by Astros players is what bothers him most about the whole situation.
It’s impossible to know how many homers Stanton would have hit in 2017 if someone was banging on a trash can every time a curveball was coming, but we can almost guarantee it would have been more than 59.
Stanton’s teammate Aaron Judge unloaded on the Astros for their cheating ways earlier in the week, and the criticism has shown no signs of slowing down.
New York Yankees special advisor Reggie Jackson unleashed a foul-mouthed on-air rant against slugger Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday after learning that the highly-paid superstar would sit out Game 2 of the ALCS due to an ailing quad.
During an interview with Jim Bowden of the MLB Network, Jackson dropped multiple f-bombs out of frustration, questioning Stanton’s desire to stay on the field after missing 144 games due to injury this season.
“[Expletive], he’s been out all [expletive] year! How the [expletive] could he be hurt?” Jackson said, later adding that he didn’t realize they were live on the air.
After a few moments of silence, reality set in for Jackson.
“[I was] trying to make fun of the question, thinking it can’t go on the air with the swear words, I said, ‘He’s been out all [expletive] year,” Jackson explained via text with NJ Advance Media. “I thought [Bowden] would then say, ‘OK, Reggie, since you’re going to shoot yourself since we have the same birthday and you filled my tape with all the swear words, let’s do one for radio as we’re wanting to go on the air with you.’
“That was the an ‘Oh [expletive]’ for me. I thought it was all a joke. I almost choked when he said they were on the air.”
Jackson immediately reached out to Yankees media relations VP Jason Zillo to explain the situation and was informed he should bring it to Stanton before the media does.
“I immediately spoke to Jason Zillo and he advised I go in and talk to Stanton, which I did,” Jackson added in his texts to NJ Advance Media. “I’d just spent several days with him during his rehab [from a knee injury] and he graciously accept my faux paux.
“Please know this was said to belittle the question, not with intent or malice.”
Stanton batted .288 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 72 plate appearances this season.
After an injury-riddled season, Giancarlo Stanton’s issues are extending into the postseason.
Stanton is out of the starting lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday against the Houston Astros. Manager Aaron Boone cited a quad issue, but could not offer many details.
Obviously, this throws the rest of the ALCS into doubt for Stanton. It comes after a series of injuries that limited the outfielder to just 18 regular season games. This is simply going to be dependent on how the injured quad responds. He’ll have two days off before Game 3 in New York, and the Yankees should know more by then.
A return during the regular season appears to be very much in play for New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday that the team expects the former MVP to be able to return in September, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Stanton has appeared in a mere nine games for the Yankees all season. He strained his calf early in the year and then suffered a PCL strain in his right knee just days after returning to the lineup following the calf issue.
In his absence (plus those of many of their other stars), the Yankees have still managed to go an AL-best 81-41 and lead their division by a full ten games. Stanton will obviously have an eye towards getting right before the playoffs, especially in light of the trash talk that he had for his former team.
Giancarlo Stanton does not appear close to a return thanks to a knee injury he suffered in June.
Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, Stanton has yet to resume baseball activities after hurting his knee during a slide last month against Toronto.
The slow progress means we almost certainly won’t see Stanton in action again prior to August. That is close to in line with the initial timeline, and while there was some muted optimism the Yankees could get the slugger back a little early, it appears to have evaporated.
A series of injuries have limited Stanton to just nine games this season, in which he’s hit .290 with one home run.
Believe it or not, the Home Run Derby wasn’t always a big deal. In 1990, for instance, a group of eight of the era’s finest sluggers hit just five total home runs at Wrigley Field in a non-televised competition. That all changed in the 1990s, thanks to ESPN and a new era of stars that unwittingly made the Derby one of the biggest events on the baseball calendar.
There have been dozens of contestants over the years, but a handful rise to the top as the most accomplished and memorable of the derby era. Here are the ten best we’ve seen since the event was first staged in 1985.
10. Bobby Abreu
In 2005, Comerica Park in Detroit had a steadfast reputation as a true pitcher’s park, and there were concerns that the Home Run Derby there would be a non-event. Abreu, then with the Philadelphia Phillies, ensured that those fears would prove unfounded. Abreu hit 24 home runs in the first round which, even after the recent format changes and shift from outs to timed rounds, still ties him for the second-best round of all time. He went on to win the competition, largely on the strength of that round.
9. Yoenis Cespedes
A two-time winner, Cespedes hit big, towering shots with his intense swings. He had a 17-homer round in 2013, but ultimately won his back-to-back titles with a methodical approach as opposed to absolutely monstrous rounds that wowed fans and opponents alike. There’s something to be said for that more balanced approach, and while there have been three multiple-time winners, Cespedes is one of only two contestants to win in consecutive years.
Giancarlo Stanton was a member of the Miami Marlins when his late teammate Jose Fernandez passed away, and he is sharing some advice to the Los Angeles Angels on how to get through the heartbreaking situation of grieving the loss of a teammate.
Fernandez, a former All-Star pitcher, died on Sept. 25, 2016 in a boating accident, and the Marlins’ game that day was postponed. The team ended up playing out the rest of the season despite Fernandez’s death.
The Los Angeles Angels are in a similar situation now as they learned the tragic news that pitcher Tyler Skaggs had died on Monday. Their game against the Texas Rangers later that evening was postponed, while the franchise is left grieving.
Stanton posted a message on his Instagram account to share his best advice to the Angels on how to get through it:
“RIP Bro, My heart goes out to your family My message to the @angels while having no time for yourself to grieve is to hug each other, laugh, cry, lift the ones taking it extra hard up. You’re going to wonder why all of this is happening , is it real, why are u suiting up to play a game that seems irrelevant. Some Anger will ensue while u have to grieve in a fish bowl.. A lot will go through your mind. So stay together through that. The first days back to schedule are the weirdest feeling, from the energy to the questions to having to walk by his locker. Try to Focus & understand how important your strength is for his family, all of your supporters & anyone looking for the power to overcome something. They’re looking @ you for guidance. So you all really need each other right now.
“Stay strong fellas I’m thinking about you!”
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Texas at the age of 27. Police say no foul play and no suicide was suspected.
The southpaw pitcher was 7-7 with a 4.29 ERA this season.
Giancarlo Stanton has played in just nine games this season due to a variety of injuries, and the latest is expected to keep him out for at least a month.
Stanton hurt his knee on a slide during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone initially expressed optimism that the injury was nothing serious. However, the Yankees announced later in the day that Stanton has been placed on the injured list with a strained PCL, and general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that they do not expect the slugger to return before August.
Stanton had looked good at the plate after battling back from calf, biceps and shoulder ailments, so the latest injury is obviously a huge disappointment for him and the team. He just can’t seem to stay healthy, but fortunately the Yankees have played well without him and have a seven-game lead in the AL East. They can afford to take their time with him because of their lineup depth.
Just after the New York Yankees got him healthy, Giancarlo Stanton is heading back to the injured list.
Stanton hurt his knee during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and while an initial MRI sounded positive, manager Aaron Boone announced after Wednesday’s game that Stanton was returning to the IL with a strained PCL.
Stanton will be out for longer than the minimum ten days, as the Yankees won’t even re-evaluate him for another week and a half.
Stanton just cannot stay healthy in 2019. He missed nearly three months with a biceps injury, and in his first attempt at rehabbing it, he hurt his calf. He had returned to the Yankee lineup on June 18 and lasted roughly a week before getting hurt again. In total, he has played just nine games all season.
Giancarlo Stanton has played in just nine games this season because of injuries that have kept him out for most of the year, and he had another scare during Tuesday night’s game when he was forced to leave with a knee injury. Fortunately, it does not sound serious.
Stanton suffered a knee contusion in the first inning of the Yankees’ win over the Blue Jays either when he slid into second or third base. He was eventually removed from the game in the fourth inning, but Aaron Boone said Wednesday that an MRI revealed no significant injury.
Stanton has already seen one of his rehab assignments cut short by a new injury this year, but he has looked good at the plate and appears healthy. A clean MRI should be a relief for the Yankees, though they will likely continue to play it safe with the slugger.