New York Yankee Giancarlo Stanton made a bold proclamation when weighing in on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and it’s all about how a slugger like him could benefit from such ill-begotten inside knowledge.
Stanton joined the chorus of major leaguers who have been weighing in on the Astros’ cheating as spring training gets underway. The majority of the comments unsurprisingly have been extremely vitriolic. Stanton’s sentiments followed that general theme.
Reacting to how the Astros organization compromised the integrity of the game by stealing signs, specifically during the 2017 season on the way to a World Series title, Stanton injected some of his own history from that season into the narrative.
“If I knew what was coming in ‘17, I would have hit 80-plus homers,” Stanton said of his final season with the Miami Marlins when he led all of Major League Baseball with 52 home runs, per Jack Curry of YES Network.
Addressing the Astros scandal more broadly, Stanton echoed New York Yankees teammate Aaron Judge in arguing that Houston should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title.