Giancarlo Stanton on the long road to redeeming the Yankees


"I hope you find what you are looking for in Dayton. (Pause) I hope you find Dayton. It will be a little difficult at the Wilson transportation hub."

– Skippy's father "Family Ties"

TAMPA – you can have anything you want Giancarlo Stanton to have a healthy season and at least look more like the helpful giant who ground it in 2018 as a Yankee in the first year, if not like the stud farm that has the most valuable player the National League won honors in 2017.

After the litany of injuries in 2019 for Stanton, like Skippy's father, might you start with small steps? Shouldn't you be satisfied with a disaster-free spring training by the outfielder / designated batsman and continue from there, since the 2020 Yankees are holding their first full-training session at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday?

Despite his star power and remarkable stature in the game, the 30-year-old Stanton is opening the new decade with a considerable amount that can still be achieved. If he wants to get rid of the brono-boo birds that attack him often, Stanton must stay healthy, stay productive, and do his part in October to help the Yankees achieve their first title since 2009.

"I said a lot last year, I felt like he was in a great place, a great vibe, and the little rehearsal we saw. I thought he would be able to have an enormous season," Aaron Boone said from Stanton on Monday. who reported in the camp. "I expect that this year."

Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo StantonAnthony J. Causi

In the small sample we saw, Stanton actually approached its previous standards, performing .288 / .403 / .492 in 18 games with a total of 72 record appearances. He put on a baseline percentage of 0.455 in the Twins Yankees American League Division Series and played Zack Greinke in the first game of the AL Championship Series.

Unfortunately, due to his nightmare season, Stanton injured himself on the right quadriceps in this game and added him to his 19-person menu, which also included his left biceps, left shoulder, left calf and right knee. He only played again, started ALCS Game 5 and didn't look very fast. It became a symbol of the Yankees' need for a system overhaul that they carried out with their training and conditioning staff.

Despite his significantly shortened season, Stanton reports camping a "perfectly healthy" player, Boone said. The manager explained: “I will probably go through his routine with him as I would with anyone else. In fact, I only talked to him about it. [He] Maybe they don't play these first few games, but I would probably expect him to play the second home [Feb. 24 against the Pirates] and then we just decide whether to let him go [to the] immediately in the outer field or if it is a DH role.

"But no, he is good to go. I assume that he will make it."

How much field plays against DH Stanton depends not only on how healthy he feels, Boone said, but also on who is still available. For example, if center fielder Aaron Hicks could return from Tommy John's surgery on his right elbow, it would reduce the Yankees' need to play Stanton in the outfield.

Even when Stanton became largely irrelevant last year and the Yankees went between 103 and 59 despite his minimal contributions, he plays a major role in the future of the franchise. The Yankees still owe him $ 214 million by 2027, with the Marlins earning another $ 30 million, and the idea that Stanton will use the opt-out he has at the end of this season – at that point, he has $ 218 million left – far-fetched as Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, who buy Rob Manfred a nice birthday present. The only person with more pinstripe money is the newly arrived $ 324 million man Gerrit Cole.

Stanton therefore has a responsibility to rediscover its good health. Don't turn into a full financial albatross. From training to the Grapefruit League and the opening day to the playoffs, the big man can get closer to the Yankees Nirvana with every little advance. A fall every step of the way would be really wise.