Yankees’ Judge, Sanchez in Home Run Derby
NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the Baby Bombers who lead the New York Yankees’ offence, will participate in the Major League Baseball all-star game’s Home Run Derby at Miami on July 10.
Judge, a twenty-five-year-old rookie who homered in his first major-league at-bat last August, leads the majors with 27 home runs and tops the American League with a .327 batting average and 62 RBIs.
“I’m excited,” he said Monday. “We’ve got a good group of guys going. Getting a chance to go up against Gary is going to be fun. So I think we’re both looking forward to that.”
Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, is hitting .289 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs despite missing time with a strained biceps.
“I think it’s going to be special,” Sanchez said through a translator. “I’m pretty sure the fans are going to enjoy it. I’m pretty sure that the excitement will be through the roof, and if I don’t win I want Judge to win.”
New York made the announcement Monday on Twitter before its game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Judge acknowledged a while back that he’d been invited by Major League Baseball to participate but said he didn’t think the timing was right to announce a decision. Focused on the Yankees’ season, he wanted to wait until all-star rosters were revealed Sunday night.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will defend his title. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger, who leads the National League with 24 homers, also said he will compete.
Despite his prodigious power and leagueleading numbers, the six-foot-seven Judge said he won’t feel any added pressure to win the derby at spacious Marlins Park.
“I’m just going out there to have fun,” he said. Trout to miss all-star game because of injured thumb
ANAHEIM, CALIF. — American League MVP Mike Trout will miss the all-star game while rehabilitating his left thumb.
The Los Angeles Angels star outfielder tore the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb on May 28 during a headfirst slide and had surgery three days later to repair the ligament and dorsal capsule. The team said Monday he will work out Tuesday at Class A Inland Empire.
Angels general manager Bill Eppler said in a statement Monday “based on the timeline established for Mike to return from his thumb injury, he will be rehabilitating into the all-star break and will therefore not be able participate in the all-star festivities.”
Trout is batting .337 with 16 homers.