The New York Yankees are preparing to embark on what seems to be a successful 2020 campaign, but it must begin with a full bill of health and upward momentum. Last offseason, the Bombers suffered through soft tissue injuries and starting rotation issues during the spring. Both Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery missed the majority of the 2019 season.
In the outfield, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Hicks all missed significant time, with Judge playing the most of the three with 102 games.
However, Stanton’s return will provide the most significant boost to the offense for the Yankees, who, despite missing their best home run hitter, finished second in the MLB with 306.
Manager Aaron Boone is confident that Stanton will return healthy and ready to dominate in 2020, after suffering through biceps and lat injuries.
â€œGâ€™s going to have a great year,â€ Boone predicted on the YES Networkâ€™s Yankees Hot Stove. â€œObviously the key for him is staying healthy, which was a challenge last year. He had a couple of freak things happen, especially the time he was coming back and he hurt the knee on a funky slide.â€
â€œI feel like Giancarlo is in such a good frame of mind,â€ Boone said. â€œI felt that way all year last year. I felt like we were seeing that in the limited time he did play in the quality of his at-bats, his focus.”
Hiring new strength and conditioning coach, Eric Cressey, should provide some solace in the health department, as he will undoubtedly overhaul the programming and help avoid similar injuries next season.
At 30-years-old, Stanton is still in the midst of his prime and is only two years removed from a 59 home run campaign. His offensive ability is exciting and the Yankees still managed to win 103 games last year without him and several others. With a healthy team, they will be in a position to set historic records.
Boone may keep Stanton in a designated hitter role, in an attempt to mitigate injury concerns playing in the outfield.
â€œI feel like heâ€™s in position to go out and have a great year and Iâ€™m confident he will,” Boone said. “The biggest thing is making sure we can keep him between the lines.â€