Giancarlo Stanton denies having considered leaving Yankees last year: ‘Why would I?’

Giancarlo Stanton was rumored to leave the Yankees last year, but he recently denied having any thoughts of doing so.
Amanda Paula
Thursday June 6, 2024

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Giancarlo Stanton, the star designated hitter for the New York Yankees, faced the prospect of a challenging offseason departure, which could have had significant implications for the team’s performance in the 2024 season.

Giancarlo Stanton shoots down talks of wanting out of Yankees last year

New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton celebrates in dugout after hitting a 114-mph a home run against the Minnesota Twins’ on May 14, 2024, in Minneapolis.
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Despite enduring a rough 2023 campaign marked by consistent criticism from fans, Giancarlo Stanton never entertained the idea of requesting a trade or waiving his no-trade clause to escape the scrutiny, as reported by Bob Klapisch, a Yankees columnist for NJ.com.

“Why would I seek a trade? What purpose would it serve?” Stanton questioned Klapisch. “I joined this team with one goal in mind: winning a championship. When you have a goal, regardless of the obstacles, you stick to it until it’s achieved. So, what would I be fleeing from? From whom?”

Giancarlo Stanton’s resilience proved valuable, benefiting both himself and the Yankees‘ offense. He has made a significant impact this season, tallying 15 home runs, 35 RBIs, and boasting a .783 OPS in 55 games.

In a remarkable display of power, Giancarlo Stanton, along with Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, top contenders for the American League MVP, collectively smashed 53 home runs in the initial 63 games of the 2024 campaign, setting a new franchise record for the Yankees. Never before has a trio of Yankee sluggers launched as many homers in the first 63 games of a season.

Despite turning 34, Giancarlo Stanton seemed to have regressed last year, batting just .191 and grappling with injuries, a recurring issue throughout his career. Nonetheless, he refused to be affected by the disapproval from disgruntled fans, acknowledging the reasons behind it.

During the offseason, the former National League MVP diligently tended to his body, reaping the rewards as he emerged as a pivotal force in the Yankees’ formidable offense. He credited the improved health of his legs as a significant factor in revitalizing his power-hitting prowess.

With a record of 44-19, the Yankees currently share the best record in baseball, with Giancarlo Stanton, Judge, and Soto playing pivotal roles in their success.

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