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Judge ‘leaning toward not doing’ Home Run Derby again

According to Yankees beat writer, Bryan Hoch, Aaron Judge is “leaning toward not doing” the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break this season, and that he will be “one and done.”

Judge, who slumped for most of the second half last year, underwent surgery on his left shoulder this winter. Many believe he may have aggravated the shoulder during the competition last July, in which he launched an astonishing 47 homers. According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, it appears as if Judge all but confirmed that speculation:

More from Sweeny on Judge and his shoulder:

The Yankees have taken it slow with Judge this spring, easing him back into game action. With Giancarlo Stanton, the organization can use the DH as a landing spot for Judge, and others, during the season, giving guys extra rest in order to keep them healthy.

While Judge in the Home Run Derby would be must-see-tv, Yankees fans would much rather see him be a spectator. He has nothing left to prove in the competition, and his longterm health is more important.