The Yankee Stadium crowd already has loudly delivered its negative reviews of the early performance by Stanton, who is signed through 2027 and is owed $295 million on the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with the Miami Marlins in 2015.
They booed him vociferously after every strikeout on Sunday, and never more viciously than in the 12th inning, when the game ended with Stanton swinging through a Brad Brach fastball, stranding the tying run at second base. It was the sixth time in seven at-bats that Stanton was in a position to do what the Yankees acquired him to do — single-handedly change the game — and the sixth time he failed.
The most humiliating instance had come in the 10th inning. Faced with the choice of pitching to Aaron Judge or Stanton with two out and the potential winning run on second, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter opted to try his luck with the player who had led baseball with 59 home runs in 2017. Showalter’s decision paid off when Stanton jumped at the first pitch from the left-hander Richard Bleier and tapped harmlessly into an inning-ending forceout.
Asked if he could remember the last time a manager at any level walked the hitter in…