Giancarlo Stanton believes he would’ve torn the cover off the baseball if he had been receiving signs like the 2017 Houston Astros did.
Talking Wednesday before the Yankees’ second full-squad workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field about the Astros’ cheating scandal, Stanton made a shocking claim of obliterating the home run record if he had the same advantage as the players on that 2017 team.
“If I knew what was coming in ’17, I probably would have hit 80 home runs,’’ said Stanton who swatted 59 homers, drove in 132 runs, posted a 1.007 OPS and won the NL MVP award with the Marlins that season. “If I set the record with that team, there is no way it would be upheld.’’
Stanton added that the lack of remorse shown by Astros players is what bothers him most about the entire situation.
Stanton’s teammate Aaron Judge already unloaded on the team earlier in the week when he stated their 2017 title wasn’t earned.
Cheating in 2017 is one thing, but because the players on the team didn’t get punished, much less lose their title, it has infuriated opposing fans and their fellow peers.
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