When the 2022 home run derby takes place at Dodger Stadium next month, the current MLB home run leader will not be there. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said he would miss the Home Run Derby again. according to New York Post. The referee has not participated in the event since .
“Not. No need”. the judge told New York Post when asked about the Home Run Derby. “I already did it once. It suits me”.
Judge came in Thursday with a major league lead with 25 home runs – no other player has more than 18 home runs – and he’s one of the game’s biggest stars, so of course MLB is frustrated by his continued lack of involvement. The Home Run Derby is a landmark event and the league wants the best and brightest to compete, which is why they recently created a $1 million prize.
After winning the 2017 Home Run Derby, Judge admitted that it exacerbated a shoulder injury he sustained by crashing into a wall a few weeks earlier. He required shoulder surgery after the season.
“(The 2017 Home Run Derby) affected me because I injured my shoulder,” Judge said in 2019. “But from my point of view, no. I just took BP. It was probably the worst thing I heard every single day. people say, “Did that affect you?” No, it was HELL day. It didn’t affect me much. If I hadn’t been hurt, it would have been a different story.”
Judge indicated that he would be open to the Home Run Derby if he ever returned to New York. New York City last hosted the All-Star Game in 2013, when it was played at Citi Field, the Mets’ home stadium. The Yankees last hosted an All-Star Game in 2008, the last year of the old Yankee Stadium.
MLB has already selected its All-Star Game venues for 2023 (T-Mobile Park in Seattle) and 2026 (Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia). The earliest the new Yankee Stadium can host an All-Star Game is 2024. The referee, of course, will become a free agent after the end of the season. He might not be a Yankee by then.
Home Run Derby 2022 will take place on Monday 18 July. No player has yet taken part in the Home Run Derby..