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Episode 30: Aaron’s Judge-ment Call

Jesse Spector

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Aaron Judge says he's unlikely to defend his Home Run Derby title. (Photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

After winning last year’s Home Run Derby, Aaron Judge doesn’t see himself defending the crown, and that’s absolutely fine. There’s nothing to the idea that the Derby causes players to slump in the second half of the season, but that’s not the point.

Judge did it once, won it, and what more does he really have to prove?

Plus, it’s his choice anyway, assuming that he would be one of the invitees anyway, which is no guarantee. It’s one of those things that people will make a stink about, but the Derby still will be fun anyway, and they should really do a streaming version of the old-school Home Run Derby, taped during the offseason (an idea I wrote about at Dealbreaker), so that it’s not as much of a hassle to players in the middle of the year.

Hal Steinbrenner met the media at spring training this week, and Locked On Yankees’ Larry Fleisher has a full breakdown of what the principal owner of the Yankees had to say, and what it all meant.

Back on the field, Justus Sheffield had another rocky outing and was among the first cuts of camp. He wasn’t going north with the team anyway, and this spring wasn’t about numbers, either. So, it’s fine to move on from that to Mailbag Friday and a rant about salary cap systems.

You may not believe it, but the Yankees probably would benefit if MLB had one. Take it from someone who’s covered the NHL, the smart and rich teams figure out a way to make things work. They do in non-cap leagues, too, but the salary floor winds up being a useful tool.

Be sure to come back next week, because while the Yankees are making cuts down in Tampa, the roster at Locked On Yankees is only going to grow. You’ve already heard from Larry Fleisher on the show, and there are writers coming specifically to the website! It’s very exciting.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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