New York Yankees DE Giancarlo Stanton want to compete in 2022 Home Run Derby

BOSTON — In Friday night’s blowout win over the Red Sox, Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton learned he would start in the outfield at this month’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Speaking of post-game honors, Stanton had a hard time imagining just how special and meaningful this opportunity will be, representing the Yankees in the All-Star Game for the first time at a ballpark just down the street. the road where he grew up in Panorama City.

“I don’t think it will fully sink in until I’m there and maybe even after,” he said. “It will be up there with the most memorable, if not the most, already at the start, I think.

Before those festivities begin on a Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, however, there’s something else Stanton wants to attend, an event scheduled for Monday night that he won several years ago.

Stanton said he was “definitely” interested in competing in this year’s Home Run Derby.

“Nothing is official yet, but I could definitely be there,” Stanton said.

Stanton hasn’t competed in the Home Run Derby since 2017, when he represented host Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami. The slugger was knocked out in the first round (by former Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez) that year, while Aaron Judge, who will also start for the American League in that year’s Midsummer Classic, won the event.

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The previous year, Stanton claimed victory by lifting the Derby trophy at Petco Park in San Diego. Stanton also swatted big flies in the 2014 Home Run Derby in Minneapolis at Target Field.

This season has been a bit of a Home Run Derby for this Yankees team, a club that reached 61 wins on Friday night at Fenway Park, extending its huge lead in the American League East to 15.5 games. Stanton has 21 homers in 70 games, Anthony Rizzo hit 22 while Judge leads the team (and all of Major League Baseball) with 30..

Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn’t address Stanton’s interest in the Derby after New York’s big win, but he gushed about the outfielder’s starting spot in the All-Star Game.

“Oh man, I’m so excited for him,” Boone said. “He’s a pro and I have so much respect for the big G in how he approaches things, who he is. I’m really excited about that. Seeing him and Judge in the same outfield at the All- Star Game? Pretty cool.”

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