Aaron The Empire
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN FEET!!! That was the farthest home run hit in the HR Derby. It was one of four home runs that HR Derby champ and largest adult son Aaron Judge hit last night. Everyone in baseball seemed pretty excited to see what Judge would do in the Derby and he did not disappoint. Judge had to match Justin Bour’s 22 home runs in the first round. Judge hit 23 (or 24 if you count the roof one). The 2nd and 3rd rounds were less extreme but no less exciting. That was the greatest HR Derby ever. All Rise.
Cut4 | Andrew MEARNS: Judge hit the roof of Marlins Park with a baseball. I need to repeat that. In BP, Judge hit the roof. Apparently no one has ever done that before, and this is a ballpark that features Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour a lot. Judge hit the roof again in the 1st round and they didn’t count it as a dinger. He’s hitting such powerful dingers that the rules have to be changed.
The New York Times | Tyler Kepner: I’m just going to keep gushing about Judge at the HR Derby because I still haven’t come down from the high. 2006 HR Derby winner and former Yankee legend Robinson Cano said that he’s never seen anything like what Judge did. Like Cano, a lot of players were impressed by the sheer casual ease in which Judge hit opposite field bombs into the upper deck. Even with all of that, Judge was just so happy to be there and talk to some of the players he grew up watching. With what he did yesterday and what he’s done all year, a lot of players and coaches are starting to say that as of right now, Judge is the face of baseball.
CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: This is just a compilation of what Judge did at the HR Derby. You know, in case you wanted to watch again and again. I’m not saying I’ve been up all night watching all of this, but I’m not not saying that either.
The Ringer | Claire McNear: Here is a wonderfully written recap of the HR Derby and some of the highlights of it. Obviously, some of those highlights include what Aaron Judge did. You should give this a read. It will make your day.
Deadspin | Emma Baccellieri: Let us just take a step back from what Judge did at the HR Derby to acknowledge the actual Derby itself. It’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. Ever since MLB changed the format of the Derby from 10 outs to a timer system, it has become one of the most must-see pieces of baseball all year long.
Baseball America | Kyle Glaser: Speaking of improvements, the All-Star Game is tonight and this time it doesn’t count. It does not determine home field advantage, also known as one of the dumbest decisions ever made. Bud Selig, ladies and gentlemen. Players were asked about it no longer counting and they all pretty much agree that they are glad that aspect of the ASG is gone.
SI.com | Dan Gartland: A bit of different news to come out of Miami. It would appear that former Yankee legend and Player’s Tribune founder Derek Jeter is nearing a deal to purchase the Miami Marlins from cartoonish supervillain Jeffrey Loria. Jeter’s group, which I now refer to as the Jeet Fleet, is offering $1.2 billion for the team. After losing a few investors, Jeter put in a call to his pal Michael Jordan to see if he wanted to just buy the Marlins with him. At least I like to think that’s how Jordan got involved with this.