Yankees legend Don Mattingly questions if Giancarlo Stanton can handle boos

Ruben Hill
April 21, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton hasn't had a strong start in NY, and as a result manager Aaron Boone said he may move the slugger down in the batting order.

Marlins manager Don Mattinly, who played 14 seasons for the Yankees, said he doesn't know if Stanton is able to handle the pressure that comes with playing for a big team such as Bronx Bombers.

"He's one at-bat away from getting it locked back in and then the last thing you want is him down in the order getting pitched around", Boone said. "That's the only thing you really don't know", Mattingly said per Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media. Anybody that comes to NY - I've seen a lot of guys come into NY from other organizations while I played here, it's just a different place. It's just not the same. A year ago the Yankees led the Major League Baseball in home runs with 142, so adding the 2017 NL MVP who hit 59 home runs should only help that number rise, right? So you gotta go out and prove yourself on the field.

The 28-year-old slugger has done virtually nothing since. He's struck out 27 times in 62 at-bats.

"You don't really have any money in the bank. You gotta go show it".

Stanton is now playing on a 13-year, $325 million contract that runs through the 2028 season, per Spotrac.

The former Marlin popped up to first baseman Justin Bour in foul territory to record the out and was immediately booed by some fans, despite the Yankees leading 9-0, according to Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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