Giancarlo Stanton’s exploits on Statcast added another level to the Yankees’ victory on Saturday night.
As part of the Yankees’ six-homer blast in an 8-0 win over the Cubs, Stanton hit the hardest – a 119.8 mph shot off the bat that registered as the hardest-hit ball in MLB this season, according to Statcast.
“We all sort of look at each other, he comes back and I’m like, ‘You’re weird,'” manager Aaron Boone said. “Unicorn. He’s weird.”
Stanton hit the ball so hard it jumped over a backboard on the second deck and landed in left field.
The blast was the hardest hit in the majors since last September, when Stanton drilled a 120.3mph single.
“I understood how difficult it was, but it still only counts and just helped us add to the win,” Stanton said. “I don’t always know how it feels, to be honest. … It’s a cool little euphoric feeling.
During the Statcast era (since 2015), there have only been 17 hits with an exit speed of at least 119.8 mph. Stanton owns 14, while teammate Aaron Judge is responsible for the other three.
“It’s quite a spectacle,” Judge said. “You try to absorb it all in the moment, because when he hits one like that, you don’t see it every day.”
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