Aaron Judge takes a swing during the Home Run Derby on July 10, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami.


Aaron Judge Says He Won't Defend Home Run Derby Title

May 23, 2018 - 10:38 am

By WFAN.com

During spring training, Aaron Judge said he was leaning toward not defending his title at this year's Home Run Derby. Time has done nothing to change his mind.

The Yankees slugger told the New York Post on Tuesday "there is no need to do it."

Judge added that MLB officials wouldn't be able to convince him otherwise.

"Pressure won’t do anything," he said.

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As a rookie last season, Judge put on a dazzling show in winning the Home Run Derby at Marlins Park, hitting homers over 500 feet and off the retractable roof. 

He, however, went into a deep slump after the All-Star break, hitting just .179 from July 14 to Aug. 31 and striking out in an MLB-record 37 consecutive games.

Despite his struggles, Judge finished last season batting .284 and led the American League with 52 homers. He was voted Rookie of the Year.

This season, Judge is hitting .281 and leads the Yankees with 12 homers and 36 RBIs.

This year's Home Run Derby will be held July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington.