The New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton had an average type regular season in this past coronavirus season but exploded with power in the postseason. Stanton hit just four home runs and nineteen hits for an average of .250 in his injury-shortened season. But a new sheriff in town showed up in the postseason. Stanton hit six home runs in just seven postseason games, hitting .318.
Stanton’s performance was even greater than Yankee fans hoped for when the Marlins traded him to the Yankees in 2018. In 2017 he hit an incredible 59 home runs, but the Yankees only got 38 in 2018, which is nothing to sneeze about, but since then, he has become the glass man spending more time injured than hitting home runs for the Yankees. However, that being said, this postseason showed what he could do when healthy. He is still that 2017 player, unrealized.
New York Yankees report card: B
His report card for the regular is probably C-, but his performance in the postseason brought that up to just above average. If he stays healthy and performs next season, as in his last days of the 2020 season, the Yankees will have the star player they thought they were getting.
The future Yankee Giancarlo was a dominant player in just about every youth league sport he tried, including football. He continued playing sports after enrolling at Verdugo Hills High in Tujunga in 2003. He pitched and played the outfield for the varsity baseball squad. In 2005, as a sophomore, he hit a game-winning homer for the Dons in the cityâ€™s quarterfinals.
Unfortunately, Giancarloâ€™s grades were not measuring up to his stats. His parents, in the process of a divorce, switched him to a private school, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, about 30 minutes away. Almost immediately, Giancarlo began coming into his own, both on and off the field. As he approached his final height of 6â€™6â€³ and packed on more muscle, few doubted he would make a living in sports. The only question was, which sport? He had accepted a scholarship to play baseball for Tulane and received offers from UCLA, UNLV, and USC to play football.
Stanton selected by the Miami Marlins
In 2007 when selected by the Miami Marlins in the second round of the draft, he was happy to receive a half-million signing bonus. He was again considering the Miami location, glad that he was not named Fidel. In 2008, Giancarlo spent the entire season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class-A South Atlantic League. Playing for manager Edwin Rodriguez, he was just 18 when the season started, but he torched enemy pitchers for 39 homers in 125 games. Giancarlo followed up his first campaign in pro ball with an outstanding 2009 season, as he moved steadily up the organizational ladder.
He spent 50 games with the Jupiter Hammerheads and hit .291 with 12 homers. Giancarlo started the 2010 season back in Jacksonville. That May, in a game against the Montgomery Biscuits, he hit a ball that cleared the scoreboard in left-centerfield later to be found to have gone 500â€² from home plate. A month later, Giancarlo had surpassed 20 homers in just over 50 games. He got the big club call and was in the lineup at age 20 on June 8 against the Philadelphia Phillies with a $325 million contract.
In Stantonâ€™s first major league game, he went 3 for 5 with two RBIâ€™s. He continued to succeed after success and award after award: two Silver Sluggers, two Hank Aarons, two home run Leaders, four All-stars, until he reached the MVP of the National League in 2017.
Giancarlo Stanton becomes a New York Yankee.
After the 2017 season, the Marlins dumped salary, Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees after a 59 home run season. The trade was for cash considerations, and the Marlins got Starlin Castro and minor leaguers. In 2018 he made his New York Yankees debut hitting two homers in his first game. He ended up the year with 38 homers and 100 RBIâ€™s. Although he carried the team during Judgeâ€™s injuries and others, many fans criticized him for his team-leading 211 strikeouts.
On April 1, 2019, in a cruel April foolâ€™s joke, they placed him on the 10 days IL with a bicep strain. He returned to the lineup on June 20 to go back on the IL seven days later with a knee injury that limited him to just nine days on the playing field last season. With the Yankees’ unrelenting injuries last year and the departure to the IL of Hicks, Tauchman, and Encarnacion, the Yankees looked forward to returning to the outfield. Manager Aaron Boone is hoping Giancarlo can have a big impact on the postseason.Â He came back to play in nine games in September but then went back on the IL.
Stanton came back from a knee ailment in time to play in the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins. He wasnâ€™t much help as in three games; he hit .167 with no home runs and only 1 RBI.Â Stanton suffered a right quad injury during Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros while running out a single in the second inning. He hit a home run in the sixth during the Yankeesâ€™ 7â€“0 win before the club realized he was injured after the game.
Stanton played in only one game during spring training before going on the IL with a calf strain.Â He was expected to miss the start of the regular season, but when the start of the season was held back, the coronavirus Stanton was given the time to heal. After an August 8th game at Tropicana Field, he came down with a hamstring injury, keeping him away from the field until September 15th. This all started when returning from the IL; he had better plate discipline and cut down on the strikeouts. During the remainder of the season, he batted .286 with seven RBIâ€™s in the postseason games. If he keeps playing in the new season as he did, could Giancarlo Stanton have the bat that powers the New York Yankees to a 28th World Championship?