Alex Rodriguez: 'Aaron Judge Is The Biggest Superstar In Baseball'

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March 22, 2019 - 6:54 pm
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By WFAN.com

Alex Rodriguez retired from baseball in 2016, but he has still been keeping busy.

Rodriguez is now an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts. In February, he appeared at the Oscars alongside Jennifer Lopez. Earlier this month he announced on his Instagram account that he and Lopez were engaged. The two have been dating since 2017.

But A-Rod found time in his busy schedule to call in to Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN on Friday afternoon to talk baseball. Rodriguez seemed bullish about the Yankees’ chances in 2019 and about the kind of season that Aaron Judge will have.

“For me, Aaron Judge is the biggest superstar in our game,” said Rodriguez. “If you’re (Rob) Manfred and you’re Tony Clark, you have to put tens of millions of dollars to work to promote someone like Aaron Judge, because he’s a transcendent athlete. He would be a superstar in the NBA, he would be a superstar in the NFL. He’s a great looking guy, great parents. He’s a guy you just want to build your brand around.”

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Judge, as A-Rod said, is one of the premier talents in the game, but he’s still on his rookie contract. The 26-year-old will make just over $600,000 in 2019. New York could give him a new long-term deal sometime soon.

Rodriguez and Francesa also spoke about Gleyber Torres, a second baseman who will likely see time at shortstop too, given the injury to Didi Gregorius. A-Rod likes the kind of player Torres is turning into, but is unsure that the lack of a consistent position will have a good impact on the Venezuelan.

“I want consistency for young players. A kid comes from Venezuela, he comes to Tampa, he goes to New York, he’s in his second year; what you want to do as leadership is you want to create a very consistent and a very predictable environment. It’s hard enough to play in New York … Can you imagine (Derek) Jeter playing second one day, short the next and third the next?”

Torres certainly had his struggles in the field last season. He had 17 errors on the year, with 12 coming at second base and five coming at shortstop.

Finally, Francesa tried to get some information out of A-Rod about the date and location of his wedding, but the three-time MVP wouldn’t budge.

“Mike you’ve been number one for thirty years. If you want to go out of business you just keep inviting me back, because nobody cares about me!”

Listen above to Mike Francesa’s full interview with Alex Rodriguez.

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