Giancarlo Stanton vows to make a comeback in 2024

Giancarlo Stanton catches Matt Duffy's flying bat that went into the Yankees dugout at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2023.
Michael Bennington
Tuesday October 3, 2023

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is one of those players who are held responsible for the team’s 2023 debacle. From injury to slumping performance, the power hitter is at the receiving end for most of the season. However, this doesn’t deter him from looking to the 2024 season with renewed hope and a promise to revive himself.

Following the Yankees’ lackluster final season game that ended with a 5-2 defeat to the Royals, Aaron Boone made his final press conference. While farewells were exchanged and the Yankees were eager to depart Kauffman Stadium,

Giancarlo Stanton was seen alone at his locker. It was customary for him regardless of whether times are good or bad to sit alone there after a game. However, his 2023 season has been mostly characterized by adversity, which led Bob Klapisch of NJ Advance Media to inquire about his intentions regarding his career-low batting average of .191.

“I haven’t lost it, it’s still there,” Giancarlo Stanton responded. “I have work to do this winter, but I know I’m going to find it. And it’s not going to require a major change (in mechanics). It’s only a few tweaks, as long as they’re the right tweaks.”

Giancarlo Stanton promises to return to form

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Giancarlo Stanton is the Yankees’ hardest hitter. He possesses the ability to hit the ball farther than anyone on his team. However, unlike most other Yankees, he tends to be reserved and distant with the public, a stark contrast to Aaron Judge’s charismatic and warm demeanor. Despite his incredible power, the slugger often maintains a sense of aloofness around reporters and on the field. However, it’s remarkable how easily Giancarlo Stanton can open up when the right question about the right subject is posed.

Nevertheless, all it takes is a well-timed inquiry on the right topic, and Giancarlo Stanton becomes a source of candidness. He is fully aware of his dismal performance this season, which appeared inexplicably subpar.

When he was asked about the possibility of a former MVP, at just 33 years old, experiencing such a sudden and dramatic decline, Giancarlo Stanton shook his head, well aware of the implication, and firmly responded with a resounding “no.”

The slugger asserted that he hadn’t lost his abilities, and they were still present. He acknowledged that he had some work to do during the upcoming winter, but he expressed confidence in his ability to rediscover his form. He emphasized that the necessary adjustments wouldn’t be major changes in his mechanics but rather a few specific tweaks, provided they were the correct ones.

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Yankees teammates after hitting two homers vs. the Cubs on July 8, 2023, at Yankee Stadium.
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He is desperate to stem his decline

Giancarlo Stanton reiterated this outlook to the reporters who converged around his locker. He emphasized that the path to reigniting his career would hinge on a comprehensive analysis of video footage.

To the untrained eye, pinpointing the subtle deviations in his swing that have emerged since his MVP-winning 2017 season with Miami—during which he launched 59 home runs—might be challenging. However, Giancarlo Stanton remains convinced that a meticulous examination can uncover these nuances.

The Yankees power hitter mentioned that the issue was related to timing. Over the past five years, there’s been a noticeable decline in Giancarlo Stanton’s reflexes. For example, in 2018, when he was a 28-year-old, he boasted an impressive .320 batting average against four-seam fastballs. However, fast-forward to five years later, and those very same fastballs have gained the upper hand, limiting Stanton to a paltry .201 average against them.

While the Yankees admire Giancarlo Stanton’s unwavering confidence and hope for a renaissance, they recognize that defying the natural aging process is a formidable challenge, even for someone as physically imposing as the hitter.

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