Wednesday, October 5 2022
Stanton points to dugout after HR in Toronto

Stanton points to dugout after HR in Toronto

Giancarlo Stanton is the 61st best player in baseball, says MLB Network.

That’s what The Shredder came up with after ranking the Yankees‘ slugger at 97 last season.

Stanton was ranked fifth entering the 2018 season after winning the NL MVP the year prior. He was ranked No. 19 entering 2019, and then dropped to 63. Though, the two large drop-offs were mostly contributed due to him playing in just 18 games in 2019, and 23 games out of the 60-game 2020 season.

Stanton was serviceable in the first four months of the season, but he took things to another level when the calendar flipped to August.

In 54 games from Aug. 3 through the end of the season, he put up MVP-caliber numbers, hitting .305 with a .984 OPS, blasting 19 home runs and driving in 51 runs, also giving the Yanks some of their most clutch hits of the season. He also saw more time in the outfield after being strictly a DH, and went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Wild Card Game.

Stanton is the second Yankee to be put on the list, as DJ LeMahieu ranks 94 after being ranked No. 14 entering 2021. A down season of his own caused LaMahieu to drop 80 spots.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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