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New York’s Dynamic Duo: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton

James Kim, Staff Writer

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After Aaron Judge’s incredible 2017 season, fans were wondering, “what can possibly be better than having this home run hitting monster in the lineup?” The answer was simple: having two monsters in the same lineup.

After the New York Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton, the 2017 National League MVP, the sports world went crazy. Yankees fans were incredibly happy and the fans of the other 29 teams in the league were shocked. After having a very successful season, which was supposed to be a “rebuilding season”, the acquisition made fans believe that the Yankees were guaranteed to reach and possibly win the World Series. Alongside the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, the Yankees officially became a “superteam.”

Once the 2018 season begins, the lineup will be ferocious. Aaron Judge’s 6’7”282-pound stature will be batting next to Stanton and his 6’6”245-pound frame. Last year, these two giants were the only two players to have hit multiple home runs with exit velocities of more than 118 miles per hour while combining for a total of 111 home runs. This means that fans at Yankee Stadium 400 ft away from home plate will have plenty of souvenirs coming their way. Although there will likely be many strikeouts throughout the season, the home runs and RBIs will definitely make up for it.

As the Yankees led the MLB last season in home runs (241) and placed second in runs (858), they already had players with major power in their bats. Other than Judge, this includes catcher Gary Sanchez, shortstop Didi Gregorius, first baseman Greg Bird, and several others. Adding Stanton to the list will open many possibilities, even giving the team a chance to set the all-time record for home runs in one season.

Opposing pitchers will definitely fear the whole lineup inside Yankee Stadium’s relatively small size. The team will possibly have one of the best offensive lineups in the history of the game. The possibilities for the team and individual players are endless, meaning that the 2018 season will be a fun one to watch. As Stanton stated in an interview after officially becoming a Yankee, “I feel sorry for the baseballs.”

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