New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge told The New York Post on Tuesday that he will sit out the annual home run hitting contest, scheduled for July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, during this year’s All-Star Game festivities.
“There is no need to do it,” Judge said Tuesday when asked about defending his title.
“One and done, Home Run Derby champion,” Judge told reporters. “It was a cool experience. I enjoyed it all, but I don’t think I really need to go out there and do it again.”
Why Does This Matter?
In 2017, Aaron Judge won the Home Run Derby. He followed that up by breaking every possible single-season strikeout record. Prior to the derby, Judge has 30 bombs and was hitting .329. After the derby, he slumped into hitting .179 with only 6 homers in the following 44 games.
I’ve never believed in the myth that players automatically slump after winning the home run derby but then I watched it happen to Aaron Judge with my own beautiful brown eyes. Fuck that. The myth is real I want/need Judge, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton to stay completely away from this competition.
Aaron Judge still managed to hit 52 home runs in his rookie season which is unbelievable but imagine how many more he would’ve hit had he not participated in the derby. My man would’ve shattered Barry Bonds single-season record.
There is no doubt in my mind now that Judge, who currently has 12 home runs heading into June, will make Barry Bonds look like Stephen Drew. There won’t be a 44 game lull now. That going to become a 44-game home run streak, probably.
Everyone get ready for the greatest single season in baseball history.
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