The New York Yankees are called the Bronx Bombers for a reason.
Historically, they like to roster the strongest hitters, those who can change the outcome of a game with their power.
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Tino Martinez, Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and more… look at those names.
There are hundreds of home runs there.
Since the Statcast era started in 2015, we can measure how fast a batted ball comes out from home plate.
Not surprisingly, Yankees’ hitters are often among the leaders in the stat.
The Kings Of The Hard-Hit Ball
In 2022, however, something special is happening.
“Fair balls hit in 2022 with exit velos of 110+ MPH: Giancarlo Stanton, 28; All other Yankees, 26 Braves, 23 Blue Jays, 23 Marlins, 22 Red Sox, 21 Rockies, 20 Nationals, 20 Twins, 19 White Sox, 18 Mariners, 18. Yeah, Stanton has more than any other team. And Yanks w/o Stanton lead,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
Fair balls hit in 2022 with exit velos of 110+ MPH:
Giancarlo Stanton, 28
All other Yankees, 26
Blue Jays, 23
Red Sox, 21
White Sox, 18
Yeah, Stanton has more than any other team.
And Yanks w/o Stanton lead. pic.twitter.com/WBYyFqUptQ
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 23, 2022
Stanton has led the league in max exit velocity each year of the Statcast era.
He has the hardest hit ball, too, at almost 123 mph.
When he makes contact, the ball screams.
It sounds different.
The same can be said about Judge, the owner of most of the 26 batted balls with exit velocities of at least 110 mph listed in the “all other Yankees” category.
Judge leads MLB in home runs with 15, and wants to surpass his personal best of 52, set in 2017.
When it comes to hitting the ball hard, no one can beat the 2022 Yankees.
Hitting the ball hard consistently leads to good results, and that’s why the Yankees have the best record in MLB.