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Getting to Know N.Y. Yankees All-Star Giancarlo Stanton

Born: November 8, 1989 in Panorama City, California Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 240 pounds Descent: Irish, African-American, and Puerto Rican

Salary: Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13 year / $325,000,000 contract with the Miami Marlins, including $325,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $25,000,000. In 2018, Stanton will earn a base salary of $25,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $25,000,000.

Favorite Baseball Player Growing up:

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

Favorite Professional ball player:

Lebron James

When did you know that you wanted to be a baseball player? When I was 10 or 11. I remember I was on the Cardinals, I was No. 25, & I was on first base. I always tried to be Mark McGwire and hit homers like he did. I was kind of following his race, too, when he was trying to break the record.

Aaron Judge says that you’ve talked to him a lot about how much you want to win. What does that mean to you to finally be on a winning franchise? A: It’s huge. I’ve never been able to experience that at this level. 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. People are looking at you and Aaron Judge like the M & M boys, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961, two guys that can hit 50 or 60 homers together. What do you think of that? A: As far as expectations, that’s just going to come with playing. We can’t worry about me and his expectations when they main goal is to win, so if our expectations help us win, then that doesn’t really matter what the numbers are.

How different is it being in a clubhouse with expectations to win?

A: It’s great! I’m going to do the best that I can and be the best version of me. That’s grilled to mesh with the focus of this team.