"He said, 'If this doesn't work out down here (in Miami), I'm going to be a free agent and I'm going to be with the Yankees, and I'm taking you with me,'" Stanton told those gathered at the Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner Sunday night in Manhattan.
His 59 home runs were the most in MLB since Sammy Sosa hit 64 and Barry Bonds set the single-season record with 73 in 2001.
The Marlins shipped him to New York in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro and prospects in December as part of their full-scale rebuilding effort.
Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter now partially owns the club and controls the Marlins' baseball operations.
Broadcasting legend Bob Costas introduced them to the crowd in New York on Sunday as the "modern-day Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris."
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