Giancarlo Stanton: 'We're Going To Be Better Than Last Year'

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March 18, 2019 - 4:49 pm

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It was an up and down first year in a Yankees uniform for Giancarlo Stanton. He had moments he shined and he had moments he struggled. He still ended up hitting 38 homers and driving in 100 runs when it was all said and done. 

Stanton joined WFAN's Mike Francesa to talk about his first season in the Bronx. 

"I was ok with my performance. Not happy, just ok," Stanton told Francesa. 

Going from the National to American League is a different ballgame.

"I learned a lot of new things...a new league, you're going to get approached different at the plate," Stanton said. "The game style is a bit different. It was a fun learning curve. A whole new round of people you don't really know...play guys once every four years. I'm ready to get the second one under."

It took some time to adjust though. 

"Probably first couple of months getting to know everything...after mid-May started to feel a little more comfortable there." 

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With injuries to Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury still on the shelf, Stanton is going to get more time than not right now in left field versus DH. 

"I don't mind being out in left. That's what we need right now. Whatever, I'm ready for it," the Yankees slugger stated. "DH is good, you get a little break on your legs sometimes, especially down the stretch. As long a you got a good prep and take defense whether I'm playing right or left, I don't mind either."

Last year's team was good, winning 100-plus games, but they failed to reach the ALCS. It's a new team in 2019. 

"We're going to be even better than last year. Last year we were pretty dang good. It's all about putting it together now," Stanton said. "We had an opportunity we didn't get to where we want to last year. We're better, we're stronger. We all got another year of hunger under our belt. We need to go out and do it."

You can listen to the entire interview with the Yankees outfielder and designated hitter with Francesa in the audio player above.