On Tuesday, MLB released the rankings 100-90 in this year’s edition of “MLB’s top players.” And I was extremely surprised to see Giancarlo Stanton listed at number 97.
Before I go into why Stanton deserves to be taller, I know about his injury history. His seasons for 2019 and 2020 were both disappointing due to his health. That said, the 2020 season was just 60 games. With a full traditional 162 season, Stanton returns from the hoarding strain with plenty of season left. He has at least one shot to save his 2020. And judging by the post season, I think he would have had a very good shot to do so.
Stanton came back for the post season and absolutely dominated. In seven postseason games, he hit six home runs. In ALDS, he hit four HRs with 10 RBIs and a .316 AVG. In just seven games, he proved why he is still one of the best players on the planet. But his talent should never have been doubted in the first place, because when the man plays, he always produces.
In 2018, he led the Yankees in many offensive statistical categories. He hit .266 / .343 / .509 with 38 homers and 100 RBIs. 38 HRs ranked him sixth in baseball that year. The year before, his monster was MVP season with the Marlins. That year he met 59 HRs, the 9th most single season HRs in history. Places 1-6 were steroids. He still has that potential.
Although he has not played many games in the last two years, he is still extremely established with MVP potential. Almost every year he has entered the league, he has met around 30 HRs. He was an elite, established RF for over 6 years before he had his monster 2017. He is 8th on the active leadership table for HR. But what is impressive about this is that he is the youngest of the top 10 on this top list. By no means does this mean that he will still be ranked as a top 10 player in baseball right now, but there is no reason for Austin Meadows to have a better ranking.
Stanton’s resume and potential are too high for him to be ranked anywhere near 97. Stanton needs to stay healthy going forward, and if he does, I’m sure he’s going to be much higher on next year’s list.