New York Yankees home run hitter Giancarlo Stanton (34), who was on the injured list on the 10th, is expected to be absent longer than originally expected. However, in the US, the reaction is mostly cynical and not surprising.
American media MLB Trade Rumors said on the 18th (Korean time), 스포츠토토“Stanton, who was placed on the 10th injured list due to a hamstring injury, will be out for the next 4 to 6 weeks.”
Stanton was diagnosed with grade 2 hamstring the previous day (17th) and was placed on the injured list on the 10th. Stanton, who joined by trade from the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2018 season, celebrated his sixth season with the New York Yankees this year.
A healthy Stanton was the best hitter in the league. He won the National League MVP with a batting average of 0.281, 59 homers, 132 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.007 in 159 games in the 2017 season, the most in his career. In 2018, the first year of the New York Yankees, he played 158 games and complied with a batting average of 0.266, 38 homers, 100 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.852. This season, he was cruising with a batting average of 0.296, 4 homers, 11 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.854 in 13 games. .
However, his frequent injuries were a problem. Stanton hasn’t played more than 140 games since his first year. Even in his Miami days, he has only played 140 or more games in 4 out of 14 seasons.
MLB Trade Rumors pointed out the splendid injury history, saying, “Unfortunately, the New York Yankees have become too accustomed to Stanton’s absence of this nature (injury).”
The injuries that Stanton suffered from the New York Yankees include hamstrings, thighs, knees, and Achilles tendons. The bigger problem is that the 13-year, $325 million (approximately 428.6 billion won) contract he signed while in Miami has five years left, excluding the 2028 team option. Now, at the age of 33, he belongs to the veterans, and his risk of injury is increasing.
The New York Yankees have reportedly chosen to fill the outfield with Aaron Judge, Frankie Cordero, Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Cabrera and Isiah Keener-Faleppa during Stanton’s long-term departure.