Giancarlo Stanton may have had a slow start to his Yankees career, but maybe it was because of his new swing mechanics. The adjustment is evident since the numbers show Stanton is no longer a dead pull hitter.
For the first time in Stanton’s career, Giancarlo has found a way to drive a batted ball to right field consistently. In doing so, he’s created more hitting opportunities, which translates to more run opportunities for the Yankees.
When he was still a member of the Marlins, the slugger debuted a new closed stance. After hitting 59 home runs in 2017, it’s safe to say the change worked. Mitch Custer of SB Nation’s Fishstripes.com did an excellent job explaining the science of Stanton’s new swing.
While it may be a new year, the Yankees have the same 2017 Stanton, well almost. He wasn’t that great at hitting the ball to the opposite side of the field, until now:
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One has to respect the veteran’s work ethic to look for ways to improve at this stage in his career. He is already signed to an upscale long-term contract, and he’s won an MVP, but Stanton’s determined to improve and win a World Series championship.
Joining the Yankees this offseason increased the chances for Stanton’s championship dreams. Not to mention the atmosphere of New York baseball is much different than Miami baseball. The former Marlin expressed the drastic difference in an interview with Mark Carig of The Athletic.
"“We’re like .500 after 14 games,” Stanton said, recalling when his new reality truly set in. “And it’s like the world is going to end”"
About playing for the New York Yankees, he later went on to say:
"“Way different than anything I’ve ever experienced.”"
The new Yankees outfielder and designated hitter is a different kind of player. One could see it by the way he handles interviews and the fans despite hearing boo’s early in the season.
It may only be the beginning of his Yankees career, but we are seeing the leadership qualities in Stanton that Yanks Go Yard’s, Cory Claus hinted at during the winter. And if Stanton continues to dominate rival teams like the Astros and Red Sox, he will also conquer NYC as Claus predicted.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see an All-Star like Stanton join the Yankees and not work on making new adjustments. Some people would agree with the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But Giancarlo is not one of those people.