The Yankees' lineup has the potential to be a new Murderers' Row in 2018, now that the Majors' reigning home run king and National League MVP Award winner is soon to be sporting pinstripes.New York is set to swing a trade to bring Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, where he'd
The Yankees' lineup has the potential to be a new Murderers' Row in 2018, now that the Majors' reigning home run king and National League MVP Award winner is soon to be sporting pinstripes.
New York is set to swing a trade to bring Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, where he'd join Aaron Judge in the heart of the Yankees' order to form arguably one of the most powerful duos the game has ever seen.
The deal would give the Yankees both leagues' reigning home run leaders. Stanton paced MLB with 59 homers in 2017, the highest single-season total by any player since Barry Bonds (73) and Sammy Sosa (64) in '01. Judge crushed 52 long balls, breaking Mark McGwire's rookie record of 49, set three decades earlier in 1987.
Stanton would be a huge addition to a club that, in a season that set a new Major League record with 6,105 home runs across the game, was already outslugging the rest of the competition. The Bronx Bombers mashed an MLB-high 241 homers this season, then 16 more in the postseason as they reached Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
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And now they have Big G. With Stanton's move from Miami to New York, MLB.com has you covered with the key facts and figures to know as the big slugger gets settled in the Big Apple.
A historic pairing
• Stanton is just the second MVP in MLB since the current BBWAA version of the award began in 1931 to be traded that ensuing offseason. The only other was also famously traded to the Yankees: Alex Rodriguez in 2004.
• When the 2018 season begins, the Yankees will become only the fourth team in the live ball era -- which began, essentially, with Babe Ruth's move from Boston to New York before the 1920 season -- to feature both the reigning AL and NL home run champs. One of the others was also a New York squad. The first three teams with both league leaders: the 1975 Phillies (Dick Allen and Mike Schmidt), the '49 Yankees (Joe DiMaggio and Johnny Mize) and the '47 Pirates (Hank Greenberg and Ralph Kiner).
• However, this will mark only the second time the two reigning home run kings are teammates on Opening Day, following Greenberg and Kiner in 1949.
• This is also just the second time in history a team that led its league in homers added the individual home run leader that offseason. The first? That would be the 1919 Yankees, who added the Great Bambino for the '20 season.
• Stanton and Judge will join another legendary Yankees tandem -- Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle -- as the only pair of teammates in history to have each eclipsed 50 homers the previous season. Maris and Mantle entered the 1962 season with Maris having just broken Ruth's single-season record by hitting 61 the year before, and Mantle having chipped in 54 taters of his own as the Yankees won the '61 World Series.
• Stanton and Judge are quite literally two giants of the game, with Judge standing at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds and Stanton listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds.
So here's a fun fact, courtesy of ESPN researcher Sarah Langs: Until now, Stanton has only played in eight career games (out of 986 total) with a non-pitcher teammate of at least his own height and weight. Those were with Joe Mahoney, who is 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, the same height and weight as Stanton. The only teammate Stanton has ever played with of Judge's size, at any position, is pitcher Jon Rauch at 6-foot-11 and 290 pounds.
• Let's not limit the Yankees' power to just Judge and Stanton, though. Gary Sanchez wears pinstripes, too, and he's coming off a 33-homer year of his own, the Yankees' record for a catcher and the most by any primary catcher since Javy Lopez in 2003.
For some context, only four Yankees teams have ever had three 30-home run hitters in a season, most recently in 2005, when A-Rod, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield all reached that mark. There were also the '04 Yankees (with Hideki Matsui, swapped in for Giambi), the '03 Yankees (Giambi, Jorge Posada and Alfonso Soriano) and the 1941 Yankees (DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich and Charlie Keller).
• Stanton, Judge and Sanchez combined for 144 homers in 2017. That's more than any of the four trios of Yankees 30-home run hitters. Rodriguez/Giambi/Sheffield totaled 114; Matsui/Rodriguez/Sheffield totaled 103; Giambi/Posada/Soriano totaled 109; and DiMaggio/Henrich/Keller totaled 94.
• Not only that, the 144 home runs hit by Stanton, Judge and Sanchez this season was more than the entire Giants team, which finished with just 128 long balls.
• Add in Didi Gregorius, who finished third on the Yankees with 25 homers in 2017, and that quartet of sluggers smashed 169 long balls last season. That's more than the full rosters of four teams -- the Giants, Pirates (151), Braves (165) and Red Sox (168).
• Stanton and Judge uniting in New York brings together two of MLB's Statcast™ kings. The two of them are hitting the ball harder and farther than anything we've seen since the technology started tracking in 2015.
Stanton and Judge have combined for the nine hardest-hit home runs in the Majors since 2015, and 14 of the hardest 16. They also have the two farthest projected home run distances since '15.
• Stanton has the Statcast™ record for the farthest home run -- he's the only player to hit a 500-foot homer in a Major League game since the technology debuted, launching a baseball a projected 504 feet at Coors Field on Aug. 6, 2016. Judge is right behind him with the farthest home run of the '17 season, a 495-foot monster on June 11 that cleared the entire left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. (That homer is tied with Kristopher Bryant's at Wrigley Field on Sept. 6, 2015 for second farthest in Statcast™ history.)
• Stanton hit 10 home runs of at least 450 feet in 2017, more than anyone else in the Majors. He's the only player to reach that benchmark in double figures in a season since Statcast™ started tracking. Judge was next with eight 450-footers this year, tied with Joey Gallo.
• Judge has the Statcast-record exit velocity for a home run: 121.1 mph at Yankee Stadium on June 10, as well as the second hardest, a 119.4-mph shot on April 28. Stanton has the next two -- his personal best on June 23, 2015, when he crushed a 119.2-mph homer at Marlins Park, followed by a 118.7-mph homer this Sept. 28, his 59th and last of the season.
• While Judge has the home run exit velocity record, Stanton has the Statcast-record exit velocity for a base hit of any kind: 122.2 mph on a single on the last day of the season, Oct. 1. That bested Judge's 121.1-mph home run by the slimmest of margins.
• These rocket home runs aren't the exception for Judge and Stanton; they're the rule. Of all the hitters who reached double-digit home runs in 2017 (a Major League-record 242), Judge and Stanton averaged the two highest exit velocities on those homers. Judge led the Majors with a 110.0-mph average home run exit velo, with Stanton ranking second at 109.3 mph.
• Since 2015, there have been 56 home runs in MLB hit 115 mph or harder -- the extreme end of exit velocity. Stanton and Judge have combined for 31 of them: 19 for Stanton, 12 for Judge. Everyone else has 26. Total. No one else has more than five (Gallo).
• Let's look at all batted balls -- not just homers -- and lower the threshold slightly, to 110 mph. This season, Stanton tallied 86 batted balls hit at least that hard, the highest single-season total for any player since 2015. Judge ranked second with 67, the second-highest single-season total since '15.
• Statcast™ classifies several different levels of contact; the most dangerous kind a hitter can make is a "barrel" -- essentially, a batted ball with an optimal combination of exit velocity and launch angle, likely to go for not only a hit but also extra bases. Unsurprisingly, Judge and Stanton topped the barrels leaderboard in 2017. Judge collected 87 barreled balls (or 92 if you include the postseason), the most by anyone in a season since Statcast™ debuted. Stanton was right behind him, with 76 barrels this season.
• Stanton averaged one home run for every 10.1 at-bats a season ago, followed closely by Judge at one homer every 10.4 times at bat. Only J.D. Martinez (9.5 HR/AB) put up dingers at a more prolific rate in 2017, and Stanton's career average of one homer for every 13.4 at-bats is the fourth best in MLB history behind McGwire, Ruth and Bonds among players with at least 3,000 career plate appearances.
• Judge's .662 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers was the third highest in the Majors last season, while Stanton's .764 slugging mark against lefties was the Majors' second best (min. 100 at-bats).
• We've already mentioned that the 1961 Yankees, featuring Maris and Mantle, was the only club to feature two 50-plus home run hitters. But only five teams in history have featured a pair of players who went deep even 45 times. Three of those were Yankees clubs ('27, '31, '61), along with the 2001 Rangers and the '05 Red Sox with David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
• Judge slugged .627 at the plate last year, while Stanton paced the NL with a .631 percentage. The 2018 Yankees would be only the 14th club in history to feature two players with .625 slugging percentages or above, and it hasn't been seen in the Majors since Jim Edmonds and Jose Pujols each reached that benchmark with the Cardinals in '04. No AL club has featured two such teammates since the 1996 Mariners with Ken Griffey Jr. and Rodriguez.
• Could Judge, who finished to second to Jose Altuve in the AL MVP vote, and the reigning NL MVP Stanton, finish 1-2 in 2018's race? A pair of teammates hasn't done that since the Giants' Jeff Kent (MVP) and Bonds (runner-up) swept the top two NL spots in '00. No pair of AL teammates has accomplished this feat since Orioles stars Cal Ripken Jr. (MVP) and runner-up Eddie Murray way back in 1983.
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