TAMPA – In October the Yankees saw what Giancarlo Stanton can do when he is healthy and his timing is right.
The problem is that this has happened so often during his time at The Bronx, thanks to extended absences due to injuries and failures.
Now, at the age of 31 and with seven years left on his contract, denied an opt-out at Offsen, Stanton has a chance to live up to the lofty expectations he has struck with the Marlins. And in his trade with the Yankees. .
“I think we’re tired of looking around at the end of the year in that locker room and we’re not going where we want to,” Stanton said. “You don’t want those memories to continue from year to year. We have to leap that year and overcome that hump.”
Having Stanton in the middle of the lineup throughout the season will help.
Stanton called George M. on Wednesday. “Always, the idea is to change that story while battling with the team,” he told Steinbrenner Field. “As well … just to go out and do what I can and what I should do to be there and not keep it as an idea all the time.”
But it would be an idea as long as Stanton – similar to Aaron Judge – shows that he can remain injury-free.
The glimpses he gave the Yankees in the playoffs, when he crushed six homers in seven matches, left his teammates and manager Aaron Boone wanting more.
Stanton admitted that he paid attention to what he could have done at the Yankees otherwise disappointingly to see the playoff run last season to see how he could keep it up during a season.
“What was on my mind and preparation [I did] Stanton said, “Keep it up this year and keep it up.” ”
So far, there have been no problems at the camp, with Stanton taking over as a representative in right field, according to the Yankees test whether he could be an option on defense – despite saying he was a full-time designated hitter in an effort. As better to preserve his body.
Stanton said he needed the team “as much as possible on the field”.
More importantly, they want to make him available to hit.
After playing 158 games and hitting 38 homers in his first season at Pinstripe, Stanton appeared in only 41 regular-season games in the last two years before playing in all seven playoff games last year.
When he opened his eyes, people like Luke Voight once again.
“It shows that he was the MVP for a reason,” Voit said. “My God, home runs he was hitting, they were light tower home runs. They were impressive. If we can get him on the field, we know he’s going to be incredible.”
Aaron Boone said he believes Stanton is more dangerous than the plate at the time he was named NL MVP with the Marlins in 2017.
“We saw [in the playoffs] The manager said that it seems to me that if he had been healthy in ’19 and ’20, what would we have seen in all those seasons. “If he can stay healthy, he is going to go in a particular season.” In many ways I feel, he is a better hitter than when he won MVP. “
Boon reported that Stanton has done so with his “vision and focus” as part of “developing a great and talented player”.
There is no point, however, if he is sidelined.
Stanton said that his goal was to become an offseason that “I’m more dynamic to have as much strength as I can in the gym … [and] Dress up a little differently and watch. “