Well, the actual population has been dwindling in recent years, so I think that’s contributing to it. And compared to my time, when I was young, almost everyone was playing baseball. Nowadays, there are a lot more different sports that are available in Japan. So I think it’s those two reasons.
It seems like you’ve made it a point to stay involved in the game since retiring. Do you see yourself continuing to work within baseball and why is that something you want to do?
I don’t really have a specific vision or plan going forward. I enjoy what I do. Baseball is something I have a lot of appreciation of what it’s given me, so I feel like I want to give back in some capacity.
Speaking on CC Sabathia’s R2C2 Players’ Tribune podcast, the Yankees slugger said he likely won’t be participating in the event again.
“I think I am one and done,’’ Judge said, via the New York Post .
Judge dazzled en route to winning the showdown in Miami last season, smashing four homers that surpassed 500 feet.
On the other hand, he batted .329 with 30 home runs, 66 RBIs and a 1.139 OPS in 84 games ahead of the Home Run Derby but later struggled as he hit .195 with 14 home runs, 31 RBIs and a .797 OPS in the first 60 games after the All-Star break.
Judge, who turns 26 next month, remains a “work in progress until Opening Day” as he rehabilitates his surgically repaired left shoulder. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year is expected to split time at DH and in the outfield with newly acquired Giancarlo Stanton.
The point of contention lies with the concern over teams stealing signs as the Red Sox were accused of doing during the 2017 season. Astros pitcher Lance McCullers expressed himself that he would need to meet with his catcher more with runners on base to prevent sign theft.