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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Articles tagged: Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton feels ready to DH when season begins

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton was limited to just 18 games for the New York Yankees last season, but he seems just about to ready to reintroduce himself this season.

Addressing the media on Monday, the Yankees slugger said that he believes he will be ready to serve as the team’s designated hitter when the 2020 campaign begins, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Stanton also said that his injured calf recently started to feel 100 percent.

The former NL MVP was plagued by a number of ailments in 2019, including biceps, shoulder, and knee injuries. The calf issue, diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, flared up on Stanton back in February before the shutdown of play.

Stanton has an important 2020 season ahead of him for a number of reasons. With Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge also looking just about ready for Opening Day later this month, it will be interesting to see how the Yankees divvy up the remaining playing time among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Brett Gardner, and Mike Tauchman.

Report: Giancarlo Stanton may not exercise opt-out from Yankees contract

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton has an important decision to make at the end of the 2020 season, and he may not end up taking the route that many once expected him to.

Stanton can opt out of his current deal with the New York Yankees to test the free agent market if he chooses. However, according to George A. King III of the New York Post, there was growing skepticism that Stanton would exercise it even before the postponement of the start of the season.

Stanton hit .266 with 38 home runs in his first season with the Yankees. Year two was a disaster, as he played in just 18 games due to various injuries. He suffered another injury issue in spring training that would have jeopardized his readiness for Opening Day had it proceeded as scheduled.

Stanton would walk away from $218 million guaranteed if he opted out. A few years ago, he seemed almost certain to do better on the open market. Now, with his injury issues and the sport’s uncertain financial future, he may be best served staying right where he is.

Giancarlo Stanton shares cool story about his home run out of Dodger Stadium

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is known for hitting some huge dingers during his career, but his mammoth home run at Dodger Stadium is one of his most famous.

Five years ago, Stanton crushed a bomb that landed on the roof at Dodger Stadium. He became only the fourth player to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire and Willie Stargell.

On Tuesday, Stanton recalled the huge home run fondly and shared a cool story behind it. The New York Yankees slugger says he told his dad when he was 10 years old that he would one day accomplish the feat.

Hearing Stanton reminisce about that monster home run makes me miss baseball even more.

Stanton is 30 now and entering his third season with the Yankees after spending his first eight seasons with the Marlins. He has smacked 308 career home runs and led the National League in home runs twice.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton impressed with young slugger who has similar swing

A video of a young slugger went viral on Saturday night, and Giancarlo Stanton took notice.

MLB tweeted a clip of a 5-year-old boy named Vinny swinging an impressive stick. Take a look:

Many noticed that the youngster’s swing looked similar to that of New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton thought so too and tweeted a side-by-side video of them:

Vinny’s parents run their son’s Instagram account and have shared other video clips, all showing what an impressive swing the boy has. He didn’t get to be that way without lots of practice, and there’s plenty of evidence showing that.

Aaron Boone thinks Judge, Stanton could be ready to go whenever season starts

Aaron Boone

The pushback of the 2020 MLB season is giving a few injured New York Yankees some very welcome time to recover.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday on MLB Network Radio that he thinks both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton (plus righty James Paxton) could all be healthy and ready to go whenever Opening Day does occur.

Judge is recovering from a stress fracture in his right rib, Stanton continues to progress from a Grade 1 right calf strain, and Paxton recently had surgery to remove a cyst from his spine.

Unfortunately, the start of the 2020 campaign has now been delayed further, so while the extra recovery time is a plus, it is a huge question mark right now when the sport as a whole will even be back.

Giancarlo Stanton may miss start of season with calf strain

Just as it has in years past, the injury bug is biting the New York Yankees early.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed Wednesday that Giancarlo Stanton suffered a calf strain during defensive workouts Tuesday, and could miss the start of the season as a result.

Stanton will really be hoping this is not a sign of more trouble to come. He was limited to just 18 regular season games last season due to various injuries, including a quad issue that bothered him in the postseason. Stanton was surely hoping for an injury-free season this year, but it looks like that goal is already off the table before we even hit March.

Giancarlo Stanton says he could have hit 80 homers if he cheated like Astros

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.