Giancarlo Stanton proved he's already in midseason form with a massive dinger
Sometimes, it takes a few days for a baseball player to find his groove at the dawn of a new season. Sometimes, weeks ... other times, months.
Judging from the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Braves in Atlanta on Monday, Giancarlo Stanton doesn't need days or weeks or months. He's found his midseason swing before the season's even started:
Is there anything more satisfying than when Stanton gets ahold of one? The home run traveled 434 feet and exited the ballpark at a very Stantonian 114 mph, something pretty much only he (and his teammate Aaron Judge) know anything about:
Most home runs with 114+ mph exit velo last season:- David Adler (@_dadler) March 27, 2018
1. Stanton: 13
2. Judge: 11
3. Gallo: 5 https://t.co/MJz4eI6XHu
Manager Aaron Boone talked to MLB.com about Stanton after the game:
"I feel like the timing's just been getting better and better. I feel like his last few times out he's been pretty good. We continue to see him walk, but now we're starting to see him time up some balls, and when he's on time, as I've said, he's deadly."
Although it doesn't officially count as a regular-season dinger, it's the second hardest-hit homer at Sun Trust Park. The hardest? Giancarlo Stanton, of course. He hit one at 115.5 mph last season off R.A. Dickey.
Stanton now owns the four hardest-hit long balls in the park's history. That is, if we're counting this most recent one on Monday (we should really count it).