Yankees Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is optimistic that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton can thrive in pinstripes.
Speaking with reporters on Sunday afternoon, Jackson believes Stanton, whom New York acquired from the Miami Marlins in an offseason trade, will be able to follow his MVP season with another successful one in which he is surrounded by fellow sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.
"This is a great collection of talent and personalities and characters," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "The pieces are in place, and I'm sure [Yankees GM] Brian [Cashman] is looking for more. It never stops. The demand doesn't stop."
The 28-year-old Stanton, who led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs, said he was taken aback by the fans' reaction at George M. Steinbrenner Field when he made his spring training debut.
Though it is only spring training, Jackson said he believes Stanton can manage the expectations set forth for him when the regular season begins.
"It'll be fun in spring training," Jackson said. "It'll be work the first month. They'll want to know why he didn't hit a homer the first day. He's been around it. Last year, he was trying to hit 60 [homers]. There was some pressure there. Miami is not New York, but he'll be fine. He's surrounded with the right group, the right people.
"New York's a tough place," he added. "The expectations are as big as the salary. No surprises. I don't think he'll be surprised. It'd be different if he didn't have a big toolbox; if he didn't have the skills. He's got the important ingredients, for sure. He can make it work. It'll be fun."
Asked what advice he would provide to Stanton, Jackson replied with two words: "Play good."