Giancarlo Stanton has second thoughts on Yankees career, claims ex-teammate

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees
Michael Bennington
Saturday November 11, 2023

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Yankees fans are unhappy with Giancarlo Stanton and blame his slump as the most significant reason for the team’s offensive struggle. However, the hitter wants to be appreciated and even has second thoughts about his continued career in pinstripes.

According to his ex-teammate Cameron Maybin, Giancarlo Stanton is not happy with the way he is being treated by fans in the Bronx and the player wants to finish his career at a place where there will be appreciation for his career.

Ex-teammate reveals Giancarlo Stanton’s state of mind

Maybin was responding to a tweet by WFAN host Keith McPherson, who stated that Gerrit Cole is not opting out, Aaron Judge is not requesting a trade, Giancarlo Stanton wants to finish his career with the Yankees, and players like Anthony Rizzo and DJ LeMahieu are committed to winning. McPherson expressed the idea that the Yankees should stack the deck to win the World Series in the next 3-5 years, noting the closing window for the team.

Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo, and Giancarlo Stanton at Yankees dugout in the Bronx.

He agreed with everything stated except for the part about the “big G,” leaving it there. He added that he wasn’t putting words in someone’s mouth but expressed uncertainty about the desire to finish a career in the pinstripes. Maybin suggested that the individual might prefer concluding their career in a place that genuinely appreciates how they’ve handled every moment in New York City.

Giancarlo Stanton mentioned to NJ Advance Media’s Bob Klapisch in October that he hasn’t lost his ability, and it’s still there. He acknowledged the need for more work during the winter but expressed confidence that he would find it. Stanton emphasized that the adjustments required wouldn’t be major changes in mechanics, just a few tweaks, as long as they were the right ones.

According to Maybin, the Yankees slugger seeks acknowledgment, particularly for his handling of the intense New York spotlight.

Giancarlo Stanton, player of the New York Yankees
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Giancarlo Stanton’s fall from grace

The qualities that once earned the 34-year-old the title of MVP with the Miami Marlins are overshadowed by his struggle to maintain good health, turning him into an all-or-nothing hitter when he takes the field. Since his trade to the New York Yankees in 2018, Giancarlo Stanton has been unable to complete a full season. Last season, he recorded a batting average of .191, following a year where he posted his lowest average at .211.

With four more seasons remaining on his 13-year, $325 million contract, the possibility of the Yankees finding a trade partner (unlikely, given his no-trade clause) or releasing Giancarlo Stanton altogether (also improbable) looms. Both options involve a significant financial commitment but might offer Stanton the fresh start he appears willing to consider, at least according to insights from a former teammate.

The final aspect is challenging for Yankees fans, as Giancarlo Stanton, burdened with $118 million still owed on his contract before a team option, has emerged as a significant issue and an additional factor contributing to the team’s 82-80 finish, marking their worst season since 1992. In the previous year’s 101 games, Giancarlo Stanton, essentially limited to a designated hitter role due to his fielding limitations, recorded a batting average of .191 with a .695 OPS, 24 home runs, and 60 RBI. This comes after a season where he posted a career-low .759 OPS.

Giancarlo Stanton in action for the New York Yankees

Giancarlo Stanton remains an athletic powerhouse, showcasing his ability to deliver powerful hits and captivate fans with his impressive displays of strength. Despite the struggles, Stanton maintains confidence that he remains the same formidable hitter he was earlier in his career.

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6 thoughts on “Giancarlo Stanton has second thoughts on Yankees career, claims ex-teammate

  1. it’s time to cut ur losses and move on. Trying to Win a World Series in the next 5 years. That’s only if the right moves is made this year. We only made 2 good moves over the last 7 years.

  2. I think it is a simple fix for big g . Go back to hit the ball see the ball . He should put everybody thoughts out of his head and just get back to having fun

  3. he’s shown if he plays the field he hits alot better yet management labels him a dh only. not everyone can sit on a bench wait to hit and have the focus or excitement for the game. nor should they.

  4. Mr. Stanton wants to play the out field. He is a better than average outfielder. Fact is he is more productive at the plate across the board when he plays the field. His DH by the Yankees has leed to speculation that sitting for 2-3 innings might contribute to lower body injuries, the opposite of the intent. Playing the field keeps his body, his big muscles loose and limber.
    Smarten up Yanks, get in most every game. you have a capable centerfielder in Mr. Judge until The Martians return. Just get your left field vacancy filled.

  5. If Stanton had an ounce of pride or honor, he’d retire from baseball. He actually thinks Yankees fans should be more appreciative of his complete meltdown, just because he takes criticism well?
    He can’t run, field, or hit, he’s an anchor around the necks of the entire Yankees organization, but we should applaud that?
    Do the honorable thing and retire, Giancarlo. That’s something Yankees fans would applaud.

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