DENVER, Colo. —”All Rise” in the Mile High City! Aaron Judge will accomplish a feat not achieved by a position player on the 1998 New York Yankees. On July 13, he will start at the All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The last time the All-Star Game was there, David Wells was the starting pitcher for the American League but Scott Brosius, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, and Derek Jeter all came off the bench. So, there, now go impress your friends with trivia at your next cocktail party.
This marks the third time in his career that Judge has been selected as an All-Star Game starter. Judge, 29, will be the Yankees’ lone representative in the starting lineup for the Midsummer Classic.
Judge paces the Yankees in virtually every significant offensive category this season. His slash line is .285/.382/.522. The Yankee right-fielder has also popped 18 home runs, driven in 42, coaxed 43 walks, and posted a .904 OPS. He’s also tied with DJ LeMahieu with 44 runs scored. In the month of June, Judge sported a 125 wRC+.
Additionally, eight of Judge’s 18 homers have (one) tied a game or (seven) provided the Bronx Bombers the lead. Judge is also sixth in the majors with reaching base multiple times in 41 contests this season.
Judge also has some memorable All-Star moments to his credit. In 2017, he won the Home Run Derby in Miami. During the 2018 game at Washington, he homered off Max Scherzer to open the scoring in an 8-6 AL victory.
In addition to Judge, while LeMahieu won’t be a starter, he’s still eligible to be chosen for the final roster to be announced this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.