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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Monday, October 23, 2017

Aaron Judge Named Sporting News AL Rookie Of The Year

Something of a landslide:

1. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 138

2. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox: 1

3. Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros: 1

Only need to revoke two voting privileges. Pretty good!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ALCS Game 3: The mistake pitch that led to the Aaron Judge of old for one at-bat

Judge had a great all-around game. He did a great job getting to the inside fastball on his homer. It was a good job of hitting.

Finally, in his second at-bat of the night, he got it: 93 mph, high for most but right at his belt, inside but not so far he couldn’t whip around the head of his 35-inch, 33-ounce bat, the kind of pitch that can change a series. And not because the three-run home run Judge topspun into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium had a particularly profound effect on the ultimate outcome of New York’s 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3. It didn’t. In case Judge needed a reminder, though, that this hack-a-thon in which he’d participated over the previous two weeks didn’t render moot his ability to play this game as well as anyone still alive in this postseason, well, this was a push notification that went off at the exact right time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, astros, playoffs, yankees

Friday, September 29, 2017

Aaron Judge’s 51st HR Ties Babe Ruth For Most Yankee HRs At Home

Anytime you’re tied with Babe Ruth in a HR category, you’re doing pretty well:

The homer was Judge’s 32nd in 75 games at Yankee Stadium, tying Babe Ruth’s 1921 tally at the Polo Grounds for the most homers hit at home in a single season by a Yankee.

By working his AL-leading 125th walk later in the contest, Judge became the third player in history, age 25 or younger, with at least 125 runs and 125 walks in a season. Judge joined Ruth (1920, age 25) and Ted Williams (1941 and ‘42, ages 22 and 23) in that select group.
.  .  .
As the Yankees gear up for October, Judge is enjoying his best month of the season. His career-long hitting streak has reached 11 games, and Judge has reached base safely in 23 straight games, the second-longest streak of his career. He is batting .329/.486/.961 (25-for-76) with 14 homers, 29 RBIs and 26 walks during the streak. Judge also has an extra-base hit in each of his past eight games.

Three games left to break the record.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, babe ruth, home runs, new york yankees, yankee stadium

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Yankees Aaron Judge sets MLB rookie HR record | MLB.com

He is the fifth player in Yankees history to hit 50 home runs in a season, joining Babe Ruth (four times), Mickey Mantle (twice), Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Where New York Yankee Aaron Judge’s Second-Half Slump Ranks in History - The Ringer

Ouch.

However, that apparent case of the hiccups has continued for seven subsequent weeks. Judge, who’s hitting .183/.350/.355 with a 34.1 percent strikeout rate since the All-Star break, has only eight homers in that span, and while idle Wednesday relinquished his long-held AL home run lead to Oakland’s Khris Davis. Judge no longer has the worst WAR of the second half, but he’s closer to the bottom of the leaderboard than the top, ranking 125th of 168 qualified hitters. His 0.3 postbreak WAR through Tuesday’s games put him between Kevin Pillar and Jean Segura, far from the rarefied air he occupied earlier in the year.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 03:13 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Inside the struggle: How MLB has caught up to Aaron Judge - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The New York Yankees rookie boasted a .329 average with a 1.139 OPS and 30 home runs heading into the All-Star break. He could do no wrong at the plate, right through the Home Run Derby, which he won with an amazing performance.

But baseball is a game of adjustments. And the league has since adjusted to Judge.

The right fielder is struggling in the second half, hitting .182 with a .710 OPS and five home runs in 22 games.

So, what happened? Let’s take a look at how the league has adjusted to Judge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Aaron Judge’s simple explanation for slump | New York Post

He’s human?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Monday, July 17, 2017

How Aaron Judge Built Baseball’s Mightiest Swing - The New York Times

Approach or mechanics?

The Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn, who struck Judge out twice and walked him once, said that Judge’s newfound ability to lay off pitches out of the strike zone is “a very superstar-like quality; very few guys can do that at that young of an age.”

As he patrolled center field last weekend at Yankee Stadium, the Brewers’ Broxton had a clear view of just how together Judge looked at the plate. Broxton said that when he faced Judge in the minors last year, he was not anywhere near the menace at the plate that he is now.

But Broxton said he was not surprised.

“You could see the talent; you could see what he was capable of,” Broxton said. “Right now, any pitcher that steps on the mound and he gets in the box, they’re obviously going to be a little shaky. They’re going to want to control every single one of their pitches way better than they would any other batter. There’s definitely an intimidation factor when he steps into the box.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:20 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Too early to tell If Aaron Judge has been hit by Derby jinx

People here often defend Davidoff apparently because he references stats that they like.  But this column definitively shows he is just another hack.  The notion that Judge was tired on Friday through Sunday afternoon, but ‘fresher’ Sunday night is particularly piquant.

Captain Supporter Posted: July 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, ken davidoff, media, new york yankees

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper are no Steph Curry, and that’s on baseball

Yea, why can’t Aaron Judge be more like that showy self-promoter Steph Curry?

That admiration for self-restraint is something with which baseball must grapple, because it is simultaneously admirable and constraining. Baseball players who adhere to the traditions and mores of the sport believe no one player is more important than the team, that showmanship designed to draw attention to yourself has no place in the game, that individuality should be suppressed. On one hand, that’s what you want to teach your kids. On the other, it’s why a celebratory bat-flip can cause controversy, why a shoe contract or endorsement deal can be seen as a player’s distraction rather than the sport’s promotion.

“Honestly,” Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said, “a lot of the baseball guys just don’t like to do that kind of stuff.”

So here was Judge, announcing himself with his violent, athletic swings Monday night, but then walking it back afterward with his words, saying, “I try to take everything one day at a time.”

“He is a tremendous talent on the field, a really appealing off-the-field personality, the kind of player that can become the face of the game,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.

Manfred knows what his sport has here. And yet, in the same breath: “People talk about marketing the game and players becoming the face of the game. Our game is a team sport. And that means inherent limitations in terms of how big a star any individual player is going to become. It actually creates a reluctance among players, sometimes, to market themselves.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 04:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, bryce harper, face of baseball, popularity

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Aaron Judge’s legendary Home Run Derby performance introduced the world to baseball’s newest star

Fitting in a Game of Thrones reference was quite the stretch.

Though three months does not make a star, Judge’s power, his pinstripes, his age, his marketability and his unfailing likeability do make him the finest crossover candidate to play baseball since Ken Griffey Jr. twisted his cap backward and inspired a generation now in its 30s and 40s. Baseball constantly crowns the next big thing. After too many Joffrey Baratheons, Judge may be Daenerys Stormborn, his dragon a bat.

“He’s an animal,” said Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, whom Judge dispatched in the finals. “That’s all I can say about him. The first time I saw Aaron Judge hitting BP, I can tell you: He’s a monster.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, home run derby

Monday, July 10, 2017

MLB’s All-Surprise Team

First Base: Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
First base has the fiercest competition for the “most surprising” honor, but Smoak, who carried a below-average bat for nearly 3,000 plate appearances before this year, has the slightest edge over his peers. The switch-hitting Blue Jay has already set a career high in homers (23). He’s chopped his strikeout rate almost in half from last season. He’s increased his career WAR from 0.2 to 2.4. He’s navigated the common career path from top prospect to traded-for-an-ace top prospect to failed top prospect, only to buck the trend by breaking out half a decade later. A below-replacement-level player in 2016, Smoak would now need to make outs in his next 140 at-bats for his 2017 slugging percentage to fall to his pre-2017 career mark.


Monday, July 03, 2017

Home Run Derby slugfest: Yankees’ Judge joins Marlins’ Stanton in lineup

Marlins Park is one of the stingiest ballparks in the majors in terms of yielding home runs. Only AT&T Park in San Francisco has permitted fewer home runs since Marlins Park opened in 2012.

But it might not stand a chance in the Home Run Derby on July 10.

On Monday, an array of sluggers — most notably New York Yankees sensation Aaron Judge — agreed to take part in the slugging contest that serves as an appetizer to the All-Star Game one day late

With defending champion Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins set to retain his title, it shapes up as perhaps the biggest heavyweight slugfest in Home Run Derby history….

The Marlins’ Justin Bour, Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and Twins’ Miguel Sano are also planning to participate. Colorado outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas round out the field.


Sunday, July 02, 2017

Olney: Aaron Judge is chasing history by not chasing bad pitches - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

But his walk rate in 2017 shows he understands a lot of principles that some hitters never conquer. A common response to a thriving young hitter is to tempt him with pitches out of the strike zone, and so far, Judge has demonstrated unusual discipline. As of Saturday morning, his chase rate was 24.4 percent, 30th best in the majors and better than old pros like Dexter Fowler, Logan Morrison, Matt Holliday and Buster Posey.

Joey Votto is regarded as a master of plate discipline, perhaps the best example of a great hitter who will not swing at pitches out of the zone, and Votto’s chase rate in his first full season was 24.4 percent—exactly Judge’s percentage now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, notes

Friday, June 30, 2017

MLB.com: Sterling calls Melky’s catch

Was a clown. Still a clown. Will always be a clown.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, idiot, john sterling, melky cabrera

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Aaron Judge or Cody Bellinger?

There, atop the home-run leaderboard for the year, are two young stars on great teams in big media markets: Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. That’s a match made in heaven, at least for barside arguments around the country. Which one would you rather have?...

Judge has the advantage in raw totals — which isn’t surprising, considering he’s also played more — but he’s also superior in the rate stats right now, both walking more often than Bellinger and offering greater defensive value so far.

It might be worth pointing out that Judge’s line is buoyed up by a .426 batting average on balls in play. There are a few modern ballplayers in the career leaders in BABIP (minimum 1000 plate appearances), but even the two at the very top — Miguel Sano (.365) and Mike Trout (.360) — are well below Judge’s current tally.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, cody bellinger

Friday, June 23, 2017

Aaron Judge More Than Halfway To Rookie HR Record

All Rise!

Aaron Judge is halfway to 50 home runs. This marks the 11th time that a New York Yankees player hit 25 home runs within the team’s first 70 games of the season. Babe Ruth had five of the other 10. Roger Maris had two such years (including 1961, when he broke Ruth’s record by hitting 61 home runs). Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig had one each.
.  .  .
Twenty-five home runs in 70 team games is at a season’s pace of 57 homers, which would shatter Mark McGwire’s major league rookie record of 49 HRs for the 1987 Oakland Athletics. That 57 would rank fourth in Yankees history for any player, behind Maris’ 61, Ruth’s 60 in 1927 (Ruth had 25 through the Yankees’ first 70 games, as well) and Ruth’s 59 in 1921. Judge also is on pace for 131 RBIs and 145 runs scored.

Verdict pending.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 23, 2017 at 03:07 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, homers, new york yankees, records, rookies

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FiveThirtyEight: Aaron Judge Is The Most Out-Of-Nowhere MVP Candidate Since Ichiro

All Rise!

If Judge does end up winning that piece of individual hardware, he’d be its most unheralded winner ever. Not only has no single-season WAR leader ever gone into a season with fewer than zero career WAR before, but no eventual MVP has ever entered the year with fewer WAR to his name than Judge’s -0.4 mark.

The only MVPs who started from a place similarly close to nowhere were Ichiro Suzuki, who won the award in 2001 in his first year in the (American) majors — he played in Japan until 2000, so he had zero career major league WAR before the season — and Vida Blue, who exploded for 8.5 WAR in 1971 after an up-and-down first two years in the big leagues. Both had terrific seasons in their MVP campaigns, but neither led the league in WAR; Judge is trying to do both, and from an even less likely starting point.

Verdict to come.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 20, 2017 at 12:30 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, mvp, new york yankees

Monday, June 12, 2017

Aaron Judge hits MLB’s longest HR in 2017 | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Aaron Judge sets Statcast exit velocity record | MLB.com

Big man hits another ball very, very hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, statcast, yankees

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aaron Judge Gets His Own Rooting Section

Even the Babe didn’t get this:

The verdict is in: Rookie slugger Aaron Judge is getting his own rooting section at Yankee Stadium. Now in session, The Judge’s Chambers. Framed by faux wood paneling, covering three rows and fashioned to fit 18 fans wearing black judicial robes with the Yankees’ logo on the front and his No. 99 on the back, this court opened on Monday night.
.  .  .
New York hosting Kansas City was first on the docket. Looking like a jury box, ballpark style, with proper lettering on a sign at the back of Section 104, just behind where he plays right field.
.  .  .
Unlike the King’s Court in Seattle for ace Felix Hernandez or the Mannywood area that once developed at Dodger Stadium for Manny Ramirez, people won’t be able to buy tickets in The Judge’s Chambers. Instead, a cross-section of fans will be chosen to sit there. At first, those wearing Judge jerseys and T-shirts inside the stadium likely will get picked, along with their families. … Those selected for this section will get Styrofoam gavels—stamped with “All Rise!”—to tap against the bench, along with other mementos to keep. The robes, those stay.

Photo at link. Might need an offseason upgrade - current set-up is a bit too close to night court for a “jurist” of Judge’s stature.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 23, 2017 at 12:50 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, legal, new york yankees, yankee stadium

 

 

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