Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton talks facing Marlins, relationship with Derek Jeter
Another day of nonstop rain in the Motor Day postponed two more Yankees games within a span of two hours Sunday. The regularly scheduled 1:10 matinee against the Detroit Tigers was banged at 11 in the morning, then their 7:10 makeup game from Saturday’s rainout was called around 1 p.m.
A late arriver to Comerica Park, outfielder/DH Giancarlo Stanton spent some time in an indoor cage taking some batting practice.
A lot actually.
His swing, his approach, his timing – you name it – feels so much better than it did a week earlier when Stanton was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in a 12-inning home loss to Baltimore. He’d had some results of late, too.
His next at-bats will be ones that a lot of baseball fans will be interested in seeing with his former long-club visiting Yankee Stadium for a two-game interleague series that begins Monday night.
Asked about Jeter’s absence this week, Stanton answered, “We don’t think there’s any crazy bad blood besides what (the media) stirred up. We were very honest with each other in our meetings and that’s business side of it. But there’s no bad blood on this side.”
Stanton got his way. He wanted no part of being part of another Marlins’ youth movement and he used both his no-trade clause and opt-out after 2020 season as leverage.
Speaking of San Francisco, Robert Saleh, its defensive coordinator formerly of Seattle, can get his Earl Thomas-type here for the secondary. Richard Sherman and Akhello Witherspoon will hold down the corners, and Jacquiski Tartt has a bright future at one safety spot. James would allow Sherman to shepherd a sequel to the Legion of Boom for the Seahawks’ biggest rivals.
The Giants’ 2018 schedule reinforces what New York fans already know heading into the season: New coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have a lot of work to do if the team plans to contend for a division title.
Yes, New York’s division rivals in Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington also have teams from the NFC South and AFC South on their schedules. But the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins are not facing the transition the Giants are managing as they aim for a return to the playoffs.