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Madden: The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

Before hitting his first walk-off homer as a Yankee Wednesday night, Giancarlo Stanton had been the epitome of the all-or-nothing slugger and hard to justify his $25 million per year salary. According to Elias, his swing-and-miss count of 214 was second in the majors to only the Texas Rangers’ windmill Joey Gallo, and he’d been hitting .221 with 24 strikeouts and just one homer with runners in scoring position. Overall, Stanton has 70 hits (albeit 18 of them homers) and 100 strikeouts. For nights like Wednesday the Yankees are living with this, but how will they feel 3-4 years down the road when, inevitably, injuries start to set in, the homers decrease and Stanton’s strikeouts continue to rise?

Bill Madden

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