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Aaron Judge: “I’m Still A Work In Progress”

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As he sits back and waits for his inevitable American League Rookie of the Year Award- and possibly even MVP- New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge knows not to take baseball for granted.

The 6’7” giant took the baseball world by storm this summer with “All Rise”, tape-measure blasts, and easily winning the Home Run Derby; but moving forward is what really matters.

“I’m still a work in progress; there’s a lot of things I need to improve on,” Judge told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “Defensively, hitting-wise, running the bases. There’s always room to improve. That motivates me to get a little better every day.”

Judge, 25, led the AL with 52 homers, 128 runs, and 127 walks, while finishing second in RBIs (114), on-base percentage (.422), and slugging percentage (.627).

Before Judge, the last (and only) rookie to record 100 RBIs, 100 runs, and 100 walks in a season was none other than Teddy Ballgame; Ted Williams in 1939.

Elite company at its finest.

Perhaps the biggest thing Judge needs to improve on in 2018 are his strikeouts. His 208 whiffs this season led the majors, and set a new rookie record. If Judge can get those significantly down, he may become unstoppable.

“There’s more to his game than home runs and walks,” said Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner to Hoch. “He plays really good defense out there in right field, too, and I think that’s important. When you struggle at the plate, don’t take things out on defense with you. I think he does a really good job of that.”

Since the Yankees got eliminated in Game 7 of the ALCS, Judge has been named the cover athlete for MLB The Show 18, and has won an AL Silver Slugger Award; we’ll see what other post-year hardware he takes home as he prepares for a strong sophomore season.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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