There is potential for a possible light show every time Giancarlo Stanton steps to the plate. He has some of the hardest hits ever recorded in the Statcast era and this season he’s showing that he can get it done multiple ways in the batter’s box.
This season, Giancarlo Stanton has quieted an entire nation of critics who questioned whether or not he could stay healthy and stand alongside Aaron Judge as the top power tandems in the Majors.
According to Statcast, which is a system that gives specific metrics and numbers in baseball, Stanton has the second-highest average exit velocity at 95.1 MPH — just trailing his outfield mate Aaron Judge who averages 95.4 MPH.
Stanton is the leader of the pack by having the hardest hit baseball this season at 122.2 MPH and has the highest hard hitting percentage at 55%.
Giancarlo Stanton’s 21st home run of the season:
— Bronx Bombers News (@NewsBronx) August 23, 2021
Stanton also has eight batted balls that have registered over 119MPH this season, the rest of the league has only one.
He also has the record for the hardest hit ball in 16 Major League ballparks including Dodgers Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Oracle Park, Kauffman Stadium, Fenway Park and Busch Stadium.
A big double for Giancarlo Stanton! The man’s on fire! pic.twitter.com/cMTw103Za9
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 24, 2021
Monday night Stanton slipped in the batter’s box after hitting what would become a go-ahead two run double in the 6th inning against the Braves. Despite nearly falling over, he still hit the baseball 119.2 MPH.
Little dude took a 106 MPH Giancarlo Stanton home run right to the head. Cameras showed him laughing about it moments later pic.twitter.com/AQcrgUEulM
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 20, 2021
Even children are not safe when Stanton has a bat in his hand. Last Thursday he hit a 106 MPH home run that hit a kid in the Yankee Stadium bleachers on the head.
Despite the scare, the kid was seen laughing at it in the end, and was even given a baseball for being a good sport.
The best ability for Stanton this season has been availability as he’s been a consistent part of the lineup through all the ups and downs, injuries and COVID issues the Yankee roster has dealt with.
He along with Aaron Judge are two of the four Yankees to play in 100 games this season.
To put that into perspective, Stanton played in just 23 of the 60 games last season and 18 games out of 162 in 2019.
Giancarlo Stanton hits a HR to right field to put the Yankees on the board first! 💥
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 23, 2021
This season truly took a turn for the better for the Yankees at the trade deadline and Stanton has been a key piece in helping the lineup reach its full potential.
With the addition of Anthony Rizzo at first base, last season’s home run champion Luke Voit was bumped into the Designated Hitter role.
That caused Stanton to be moved into the outfield for the first time since his 2017 MVP season with the Miami Marlins.
Giancarlo Stanton talks about the mood in the Yankees' clubhouse during this 10-game winning streak
"When we're feeding off each other like that, we just gotta keep pushing and keep this going" pic.twitter.com/nhKPZswbB8
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) August 24, 2021
He made his first start in the outfield on July 30th and has seen his numbers at the plate rise while his defense has been solid.
Over the last month he is batting .287 with 19 RBI, 16 runs and five home runs including three in his last seven games.
Stanton has also reached base safely in 22 consecutive games entering Tuesday night’s action.
Stanton and the Yankees will continue their series against the Braves this week before a four-game set against the wild card hopeful Oakland Athletics this weekend.
After all of the undeserved flack he’s taken, Yankees fans owe this man a huge apology.