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25 Year Old Wins Derby; Proves He’s an All Star

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25 Year Old Wins Derby; Proves He’s an All Star

New York Yankees outfielder, Aaron Judge won the 2017 Home Run Derby on Monday night at Miami Park, where he out hit Miguel Sano, of the Minnesota Twins 11-10. Judge proved himself to be an All Star and be able to become a huge power-hitter at the plate. However, he has been faced with many obstacles in his time, starting with his quadriceps femoris. After being selected by the New York Yankees in the 2013 MLB Draft, Judge signed with them and received a $1.8 million signing bonus. Due to the fact that he tore a quadriceps femoris muscle while participating in a base running drill, this incident kept Judge out for the rest of the 2013 season after being drafted. His stats show that he is All Star worthy and that he is one of the best rookies in the MLB.

In 2014, after dealing with an injury, Aaron Judge made his “professional debut” with the Charleston RiverDogs (Class A South Atlantic League). During his first season with the RiverDogs, Judge swung a .333 BA, .428 OBP, .530 SLG, and hit nine home runs with 45 RBIs in 65 games. Following his time with the RiverDogs, he was promoted to the Tampa Yankees (Class A-Advanced Florida State League) during the remainder of the 2014 season. He finished his season with them, swinging a .283 BA, .411 OBP, .442 SLG, and hitting eight home runs with 33 RBIs in 66 games. Aaron Judge stated that “It’s all about 25 guys pulling the same rope and getting the job done…if one guy doesn’t get it done, we’ve got 24 guys behind them,” and he has proven to himself, his team and his family that he is the guy to “get it done” and keep grinding until he reaches the MLB.

After swinging a hot bat down with the RiverDogs and Tampa Yankees, he was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he batted a .224 BA, .308 OBP, .373 SLG, with just eight home runs with 28 RBIs in 61 games in 2015. Because Aaron Judge is so young and hot right now, he finished the rest of his season in Triple A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Judge started his 2016 season again with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, where he had swung a .270 batting average, 19 home runs, and 65 RBIs in 93 games. Since he was climbing the latter quickly swinging a hot bat, Judge ended up being one of many players who was called to participate in the “International League All-Star Team.” However he didn’t end up playing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, because he sprained his knee, putting him on the disabled list and preventing him from playing. Judge ended up finishing his season swinging a .270 BA, .366 OBP, .489 SLG, with 19 home runs, and 65 RBIs in 93 games. After that, the New York Yankees promoted him to play at Yankee Stadium for the rest of 2016, where he struggled batting a .179 BA, .263 OBP, .345 SLG, with four home runs and 10 RBIs. He was recalled up to the Yankees in 2017 where he surprised everyone and swung a hot bat again, where he hit a .329 BA, .448 OBP, .691 SLG with 30 home runs and 66 RBIs in just 84 games.

All and all, this 25 year old rookie has proven himself to be an All Star in just a short amount of time. “Every time I go up there to hit, I feel like that’s going to be my moment” said Aaron Judge. With that positive attitude, Judge could not only be an All Star this year, but he could also be a candidate to win the Triple Crown this year.

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Shohei Ohtani Picks Angels, Already Headed Towards Disaster

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Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani is taking his talents to the lovely city of Anaheim. Ohtani is being heralded as this generations Babe Ruth with the ability to both pitch lights out and hit the long ball. Ohtani made the decision like many top Japanese stars have done in the past and take his talents to Major League Baseball.

Many teams competed for his services but the center of attention wanted to go to a small market with no real expectations of winning. What he ended up choosing is a fairly large market but with no real expectations of winning anything anytime soon.

It will be interesting to see how the Angels use Ohtani. One common line of thinking has been that an American League team would use Ohtani as a designated hitter on days he doesn’t pitch. The Angels already have Albert Pujols, who is essentially a full-time DH. But despite being called a slugger he only managed a .672 OPS last season so who knows if he can even hit at a major league level.

With many of these Japanese stars, you really have no idea how they will perform till they get over here and actually play. All signs are pointing towards a failure of epic proportions though with there being a slim chance he pans out as a hitter.

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How the NBA has Posterized the Modern Age

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Nobody watches sports on TV anymore, right? The instant gratification, that technology offers us, overpowers our interest to consume sporting events in their entirety.

It’s like choosing a home-cooked meal over astronaut food – consuming highlights on Twitter is SO much more efficient than watching the whole game.

Analysts have deduced, from declining NFL TV Ratings, that the audience for sports is dwindling. Excuses manifold have been made in an attempt to explain this seemingly inexplicable phenomenon.

You hear things like social media, those darn video games and even Reefer Madness. Others point to rule changes and a degrading “on the field” product. Some have even conjectured that recent political controversies have dissuaded a large portion of the NFL audience from watching telecasts of the game.

There are no days like the good ol’ days!

But the NFL is not the only sports league to be afflicted with declining ratings.

In fact, America’s favorite pastime, baseball, has all but lost the viewership of the younger demographics. This is the part of the population that will buy merchandise. They actually care about who’s “in”.

The average MLB fan is now 100 years old.

I joke, but this is not a huge exaggeration. The average MLB fan is now 53 years old, while the NFL’s average fan is not much younger – at 47 years old.

Two of the major sports leagues have hopelessly seen their popularity diminish, over the past few decades. So one would presume that this trend has spread across the rest of the Sports World. But the NBA has actually prospered during this window of media volatility.

The NBA’s season-opener has increased, in Nielsen TV Ratings, by about 63% since 2015. And the average basketball fan is only 37 years old. 

Somehow basketball has managed to appeal to the younger audience that is umbilically attached to electronic distractions. Yes, the very same distractions that have syphoned away the attention of these fans from the other sports leagues.

This must suggest that the NBA is communing with some wizard who is giving Adam Silver and his subordinates total clairvoyance, right? Well, the NFL and the MLB should stop searching for their Magic 8-Ball. It’s not out there.   

The NBA’s continued success is easy to explain: It is the league of Pop Culture. Therefore the NBA is both the cure and the symptom. And it is the only institution that is impervious to the ever-changing winds of digital time.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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