Stanton arrives early to Yankees' camp: 'It's time to get to work'

Stanton arrives early to Yankees' camp: 'It's time to get to work'

The 28-year-old spent the first eight years of his big-league career with the Marlins, who in his time were rarely if ever considered a threat to even qualify for the playoffs let alone the World Series. From where they got previous year, so close, it's all a learning experience for them.

Stanton and Judge combined for 111 homers last season and are already being compared to Roger Marris and Mickey Mantle, who combined for 115 homers in 1961. In his spring training press conference Stanton, who is a seasoned veteran, said he is "excited to learn (from Judge), for us to bounce ideas off each other, we're very similar and people are going to pitch us the same, bring us the same approach". "That's definitely the goal".

In what was initially thought to be a rebuilding year, the Yankees fell one win short of the Fall Classic last season.

So far, Giancarlo Stanton has said all of the right things. "If our expectations help us win, then it doesn't really matter what the numbers are".

"The curiosity of what we can do together is the main focus", said the reigning NL MVP.

Stanton and Judge are rightfielders but new manager Aaron Boone has discussed the possibility of both getting some time in left, an experiment that will start when Grapefruit League games begin at the end of the month. It will be interesting to see if Stanton struggles in the cold days of April into May, and see how he handles the criticism that comes with being a slumping superstar in NY. It will not be the Giancarlo Stanton show in NY. This is all new to me and it's going to be a fun new ride. Big expectations, bigger market, that comes with it. Just being out of my comfort zone maybe, just because I've done the same thing for 10 years straight: same spring training, same organization, same whatever. "I am going to be working everywhere in the outfield, not center but we are going to make it work".

"It's interesting. It's fun".

"I've never been able to experience that at this level", he said. Stanton clearly sees how established guys like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are in this franchise, thus he knows that his only concern should be winning. "This is the level I've worked towards my whole life, and I've never been able to experience that, so I'm real excited for that aspect". "That knowledge of both of us is going to be huge".

Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees answers questions during a news conference at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, on December 11, 2017. At the end of the day no place in the country, other than Boston, can be as taxing on a player's psyche as NY.

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