Rachel Hill goes First To Third on the return of Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Injuries haven’t stopped him from putting together another All-Star season. With him back in the fold, the Yankees lineup is more formidable.
Giancarlo Stanton Is Almost Baseball Ready | Will His Achilles Injury Clip Yankees World Series Hopes?
Giancarlo Stanton was having the redemption season of a lifetime. He was healthy, hitting the cover off the ball and finally beloved by Yankees fans.
The Yankees were hoping that Giancarlo Stanton would play in more than 150 games for the first time since he played in 158 during his first campaign with the Bronx Bombers in 2018. He hit 38 homers and drove in 100 runs that season, but only played in 41 games over the following two seasons due to injuries.
Stanton quickly became public enemy No.1 in New York as the fans looked for someone to blame for its playoff shortcomings. Aaron Judge also battled injuries during Stanton’s first few years as a Yankee, but he’s the home grown darling, so he rarely if ever felt the wrath of Yankees fans in the same venomous fashion that Stanton did.
Last season, we got a glimpse of how potent Judge and Stanton could be when consistently in the Yankees lineup, as Stanton was able to play 139 games. It was Judge who was limited to 100 games and unable to be there enough for them to wreak the kind of havoc they did this season, before Stanton went on his yearly IL stint.
Stanton has only played in 100 games once in the past four seasons, so when both players got off to blazing first-half stars, were starters in the All-Star Game and among league leaders in most valued offensive categories, it wasn’t a surprise that the Yankees were winning at an all-time rate.
Judge has continued his MVP Bro bombing, while Stanton is expected to resume baseball activities early this week for the first time since landing on the injured last with left Achilles tendinitis on July 26.
“I would say probably in the next couple days he’ll start, whether it’s throwing and probably doing some tee work and upper body, hitting and stuff like that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in the New York Post. “Just talking to him briefly (Saturday), he’s definitely encouraged by the last few days…he’s noticed improvement and I think (they) have moved the needle how we would have hoped. Hopefully that starters to pick up speed this week.,”
Despite missing some time, Stanton is still 8th in homers and 19th in RBI (61) in all of MLB. This injury doesn’t seem too serious, but it is something that could linger throughout the season.
Achilles injuries are serious so Stanton will have to show some caution when it comes to finally going full speed. Losing him for the playoff run would be a death wish for the Yankees who are talented, but still fragile in that the team can’t afford to lose Judge or Stanton for any significant amount of time and still hope to capture their first World Series title since 2009.
In his return home, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees was the brightest star in Los Angeles on Monday night, earning the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award and leading the American League to a 3-2 win over the National League in the 92nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Giancarlo Stanton accepts his All-Star Game MVP Award! pic.twitter.com/U73IbS0z5Y
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 20, 2022
With the AL trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Stanton stepped to the plate with Jose Ramirez standing on first after a leadoff single. Facing the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, Stanton quickly fell behind 0-2.
Unfortunately for Gonsolin, his splitter didn’t split anything but the middle of the plate.
GIANCARLO STANTON CRUSHED THIS PITCH TO TIE THE GAME UP AT 2! pic.twitter.com/guKJnhV8tk
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 20, 2022
Stanton squared up and sent the ball on a 457-foot flight into the left field stands. Once he crossed the plate, the game was tied at two and Gonsolin was rattled. So much so, that he served up another fat one to Byron Buxton.
Buxton promptly deposited the offering 425 feet away; nearly matching Stanton’s blast.
However, when the votes were tallied, the Yankees slugger was named MVP. Stanton finished the game 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Giancarlo Stanton becomes just the third Yankee to win the award, following Hall of Famers Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2000).
New York has claimed two of the five MVPs won by MLBbros since 2000, with Stanton joining Jeter, Garrett Anderson, Carl Crawford, and Prince Fielder. Fielder was the last Black player to win the award, doing so in 2011.
This year’s All-Star festivities could mark the beginning of a resurgence for Black and brown players across the league.
The energy was there among the players. They noticed and seemed poised to help push the doors to the game open even wider as a new generation of future All-Stars had their names called during the draft.
The AL’s quartet of players, led by Stanton, went a combined 3-for-8, with two home runs, two runs scored and accounting for all three American League RBI.
For Stanton, it was a dream come true. The LA-native, after a five-year absence and playing in his fifth All-Star game, placed himself into the pages of history by adding this MVP to his collection which includes the 2017 National League MVP award.
He’s also the front runner on the list of current MLB players to be the next slugger to reach the 500-homer plateau. If he, and Judge, can stay healthy, Stanton might get the opportunity to add “World Series MVP” to his resume as well.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will be making his fifth All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday and his first appearance as a Yankee.
It’s been five years since Stanton last appeared in an All-Star Game and it will be exciting to see him starting in the outfield alongside teammate and fellow MLBbro Aaron Judge.
Stanton made his debut with the Yankees in 2018 and the spotlight was immediately on him. And he went on to have a pretty productive season, belting 38 home runs with 100 RBI and hitting .266. Those aren’t numbers you see every day, especially when he hit 59 home runs in 2017.
Coming to New York from Florida, Stanton was immersed in a city whose fans are passionate about their team, whether the team is having success or not.
“I understand how much more distractions and noise are here, but that’s also a learning curve as well,” Stanton told The New York Post. “I wouldn’t say nothing bothers me, but in terms of what I can control, I try not to let outside things bother me in terms of preparation or my mindset or how I perform.”
This season Stanton has been focused out there and he’s been one of the most productive players on the team. It’s no surprise he was named a starter in this year’s All-Star Game.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has seen a lot of improvement with Stanton throughout the years.
“I think it’s a tribute to him, to be really strong mentally,” Boone said. “If something good or bad with him happens within the context of the game, he’s really good at just continuing to move on, and ultimately that’s such an important quality to have. … He has that, and I think playing here has just sharpened that.”
“He’s learned how to deal with criticism, noise, good and bad. … And I just think that overall speaks to the kind of pro he is.”
The Yankees have the best record in the league and Stanton has certainly played his part in the success of his team.
Giancarlo Stanton with his 13th opposite field HR this season, the most in MLB 😤
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 16, 2022
“Every time he steps to the plate,” Aaron Judge said, “if there’s bases loaded or nobody on, he has a chance to swing the game in our favor with just one swing of the bat. So it’s been fun to watch him all year do his thing. I’m still waiting for him to get hot. It’s pretty crazy. … I can’t wait to see him go on one of those streaks.”
Stanton could win his first World Series ring at the end of the season. With all the individual accolades that he has received during his career, a World Series title would be the icing on the cake.
It will be exciting to watch Stanton during the second half of the season and he’ll continue to be focused out there and look to put his team in positions to win ball games.
The New York Yankees have been one of the top teams in the league throughout the season. This team has a lot of talent. There’s no question they can play well into October when it’s all said and done. Several of our MLBbros are on this talented team and have contributed in numerous ways this season.
We all know how much Aaron Judge has stepped up this year and has shown why he’s one of the best home run hitters in the game.
Another player who has played well for the Yankees is Giancarlo Stanton. You can’t forget about this brother. Especially with how hard the ball jumps off his bat. On June 11th, he registered the hardest-hit ball of the season, when he launched a home run against the Chicago Cubs.
It registered at 119.8 MPH, according to Statcast.
“We all just kind of look at each other, he gets back and I’m like, ‘You’re weird,’ ” manager Aaron Boone said, in an article from the New York Post. “Unicorn. He’s weird.”
“It’s quite a sight,” Judge said. “You try to soak it all in, in the moment, because when he hits one like that, you don’t see that every day.”
Credit where it's due, Giancarlo Stanton smashed the piss out of this ball. pic.twitter.com/jw7uriB5e3
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) June 12, 2022
Stanton had the hardest hit-ball in the last two seasons. He registered a 120.3 MPH single last season.
“I caught how hard it was, but it’s still only worth one and just helped us add to the win,” Stanton said after the game against the Cubs. “I don’t always know what it feels like, to be honest. … It’s a cool little euphoric feeling.”
It’s evident that everyone across the league knows how much power Stanton possesses in that bat. When he barrels something out, you better watch out.
Judge has been the face of the Yankees this season, but Stanton has answered the call multiple times this year.
And Stanton will be an important piece on this team, who is trying to win its first World Series title since 2009. Stanton has had a productive year so far. Through 50 games he’s hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI. He’s third on the team in all three offensive categories.
If the Yankees want to make a deep postseason run, Stanton will have to come through in clutch situations.
Last season, he only appeared in one postseason game, but he made the most of it going 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI against the Boston Red Sox.
In 2020, he hit .308 with six home runs and 13 RBI through seven postseason games. So he’s been productive during his time in the postseason, but this year could be the Yankees best shot.
If Stanton can remain healthy throughout the season, especially going into September, the Yankees will have a really good shot to bring that title back to the Bronx.