TORONTO – It did not take long for Giancarlo Stanton to make an impression on the New York Yankees when the thug uncorked a long home run on Thursday afternoon in his first at-bat of the season.  It was a sight that Yankees fans had eagerly seen since the team had acted against him in December.
Astros World Series MVP George Springer made a departure on opening day for the second season in a row. He is the only player who has ever done that.
Cubs starter Ian Happ has contested a home run on the first pitch in front of the Miami Marlins Jose Urena.
 The home run was measured by Statcast at 426 feet and came down to a 0-1 pitch by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ in the top of the first innings.
The starting speed was measured at 117.3 mph, the fastest for a hit ball at Rogers Center since Statcast began to track in 2015. The fastest exit speed in the park so far was held by teammate Aaron Richter (113.6 mph).
According to MLB.com, this was also the hardest starting speed for a homerun hit in the other field, as Statcast has been following such things.
As soon as Stanton got in touch with baseball He saw where he met the opposite field. Then, with his right hand, he turned his bat aside and started his home run trot, bouncing the gold chain around his neck with each step.
Stanton was named a National League MVP in 2017, having led all baseball with 59 home runs for the Miami Marlins. He became the first Yankee player to play since opening night Raul Ibanez 2012.
Stanton is also the first player to make it on the opening day in his first ever bat with the Yankees since Curtis Granderson made it in 2010.
The players with the four highest one-year home sums of baseball have all settled in on their opening seasons after their historic seasons. Stanton joins Barry Bonds (73 home runs in 2001), Mark McGwire (70 in 1998) and Roger Maris (61 in 1961).