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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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