Ackert: Aaron Judge crushing balls at BP a welcoming sight for Yankees offense battling inconsistency

It must have been comforting for the Yankees to see Aaron Judge hitting balls in the seats again on Monday — even if it was just batting practice.

Six weeks after he initially fractured his right wrist, the Yankees slugger was taking normal, on-the-field batting practice for the first time.

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Denise Richards Marries ‘Love of My Life’ Aaron Phypers in Intimate Malibu Wedding

Surprise! Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers got married just two days after PEOPLE exclusively announced their engagement.

The whirlwind wedding took place Saturday in Malibu, with the bride and groom’s closest family and friends in attendance.

Next season, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will include footage of the wedding, some of which Bravo released Saturday.

“Hi, I’m Denise Richards, and yep, the rumors are true: This is my husband Aaron, and we just got married,” said the actress, 47, who joined RHOBH for the show’s upcoming ninth season.

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Richards beamed as he added, “We’re married. Love you, baby.”

Then the couple leaned in for a kiss in front of a large floral arrangement and the ocean.

“I am so happy to officially be married to the love of my life,” Richards told Bravo’s The Daily Dish of the nuptials. “I can’t wait for everyone to go on this incredible journey with me this season on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It has been a wild ride so far!”

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“Denise and Aaron just want a small group of people to be at the wedding, really just their inner circle,” a source told PEOPLE after the engagement. “They’ve both done this before and this time just want to exchange vows in front of the people who are most important.”

The couple began dating in December 2017. Phypers finalized his divorce from Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan last month — two years after they separated following just six months of marriage.

Richards was married to Charlie Sheen from 2002-06, and they share two daughters: Sam, 14, and Lola, 13. (She is also mom to daughter Eloise, 7.)

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In recent weeks, the Wild Things actress has been photographed filming the Bravo reality show, which is expected to premiere before the end of the year.

“She and Aaron are extremely happy, and he’s definitely game with her on-camera persona,” the source said. “He’s on board with the drama that the show might bring, and Denise is a total pro with this. She’s done it before and knows how to navigate life on and off camera even when the show gets blurred with reality. He seems to care for her in a real way and is up for whatever she throws at him and vice versa. They’re a good team.”


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Denise Richards Invited Ex Charlie Sheen to Aaron Phypers Wedding

Talk about friendly exes! Denise Richards invited her former husband, Charlie Sheen, to her upcoming wedding to fiancé Aaron Phypers, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“[She] is telling friends that she is expecting him to attend,” the insider says.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 47, was married to the Two and a Half Men alum, 53, from 2002 to 2006. They share two daughters: Sam, 14, and Lola, 13. (She is also the mom of daughter Eloise, 7, whom she adopted in 2011.)

The news comes one month after Sheen claimed that he can no longer afford his child support payments to Richards and his third ex-wife, Brooke Mueller. He said in court documents obtained by Us, “I have been unable to find steady work, and have been blacklisted from many aspects of the entertainment industry. All of this has resulted in a significant reduction in my earnings.”

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Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen attend the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2005. SGranitz/WireImage.com

Despite the drama, the Wild Things actress has had plenty to celebrate. Us confirmed on Thursday, September 6, that she is engaged to Phypers. The couple, who were first spotted together in September 2017, are set to tie the knot in Malibu on Saturday, September 8.

“She is very much in love with Aaron,” the source tells Us. “He is absolutely devoted to her and her three daughters.”

Phypers was previously married to Nicollette Sheridan. The Desperate Housewives alum, 54, filed for divorce in June 2016 after just six months, and the case was finalized this August.

Richards and Phypers have an interesting connection in the RHOBH cast, which she joined in August for the Bravo reality series’ upcoming ninth season. His ex-wife Sheridan’s first husband, Harry Hamlin, is married to cast member Lisa Rinna.

With reporting by Jen Heger

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Andrew McCutchen deal comes amid questions about Aaron Judge

NEW YORK — It finally happened. But what took so long? With slugging superstar Aaron Judge still ailing and languishing on the disabled list because of a broken bone in his wrist, the New York Yankees made a move late Thursday night that should have come weeks ago. Welcome to the Bronx, Andrew McCutchen. Now come get the pinstripes you ought to have been wearing since the last day of July. As Judge continues to recover from a chip fracture in his right wrist, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for McCutchen, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. McCutchen, a 31-year-old, five-time All-Star outfielder, will bolster the Yankees’ offense and defense until their big power-hitting, hard-throwing, 26-year-old right fielder can come back. And when that will be remains anybody’s guess. Consider the following five words from manager Aaron Boone’s pregame news conference…
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Aaron Judge’s wrist pain lingers after playing catch

There was hope that Aaron Judge would be able to take dry swings on Friday for the first time since suffering a chip fracture in his right wrist last month, but once again, pain lingered in the area after playing catch. “He’s a little sore from throwing,’’ Aaron Boone said after the Yankees beat the…
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Bryan Cranston Used to Pull the Most Walter White Prank on Aaron Paul During Breaking Bad

Not only did Aaron Paul dress his baby daughter up in a mini hazmat suit for Breaking Bad‘s 10th-anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, but he also regaled fans with a hilarious behind-the-scenes story from the award-winning drama.

After explaining that showrunner Vince Gilligan had told him that the writers originally planned to kill off Jesse at the end of season one, Paul revealed that co-star Bryan Cranston frequently used this information to convince him his character was done for.

“He came up to me the first time he did it and just gives me a really long, exaggerated hug. He’s just not letting me go [and I’m like], ‘What’s going on?’” Paul said. “He’s like, ‘Hey, man, it’s been a fun ride.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ He’s like, ‘I thought you read the script, right?’ [I was like,] ‘No.’ He’s like, ‘Oh,’ and then he just walks away. And I run into the production office, and I’m like, ‘Where’s the script?!’ And they’re like, ‘It’s not available yet,’ and I’m like, ‘Please, god, tell me.’ And then I read it and I was alive still.”

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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAaron Paul (L) and Bryan Cranston speak onstage during the ‘Breaking Bad’ 10th Anniversary Celebration during Comic-Con International 2018 on July 19, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Paul went on to recount another instance where Cranston pranked him into thinking Jesse was not long for this world.

“There was another time where they did a fitting [and said], ‘We need to measure you for the coffin.’ [I’m like,] ‘A coffin?’ And they’re like, ‘Oh, you don’t know about it?’


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Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers Show PDA on ESPYs Red Carpet

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NFL player Aaron Rodgers and host Danica Patrick attend The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

There they are! Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers turned heads while walking the 2018 ESPY Awards red carpet.

Patrick, 36, who is hosting the annual ceremony celebrating accomplishments in sports, stunned in a bejeweled dress and gladiator sandals. Meanwhile, Rodgers, 34, sported a classic black suit.

The duo looked so in love as they posed for photos before heading inside Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18.

Patrick previously gushed about the Green Bay Packers quarterback during her Monday, July 16, visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! The former race car driver affirmed that she will “absolutely not” make fun of her “hot” beau while hosting the ESPYs.

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NFL player Aaron Rodgers and host Danica Patrick attend The 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The couple were first spotted together on a dinner date in January. Patrick confirmed the relationship later that month and expressed her support for her beau’s team. “I told him a long time ago I’d root for him as a player. Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she told the Associated Press at the time. “Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”

While speaking to Rachel Ray in April, the racer raved about the football player’s personality. “He’s funny. He’s very kind. He’s thoughtful,” she said at the time. “He’s super smart. And he’s really good at football.”

Patrick previously dated NASCAR’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for five years before splitting in December 2017. Rodgers broke up with girlfriend Olivia Munn in April 2017 after three years of dating.

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Mazzeo: Yankees manager Aaron Boone shows he has his team’s back with fiery tirade that leads to ejection

CLEVELAND – It doesn’t happen often, but when Aaron Boone gets run, he always gets his money’s worth.

For the second time in his first season as manager of the Yankees, the typically mild-mannered Boone was ejected over what he thought was a missed call, and then let the umpires have it in an expletive-filled…

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Yankees and Aaron Boone can see the difference in Greg Bird

BALTIMORE — Greg Bird on Friday played just his fifth game for the Yankees since coming back from his second ankle procedure in less than a year, but Aaron Boone has already seen an improvement from how the first baseman looked during the spring. “It kind of leaps off the screen,” the manager said of…
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Bottom fell out for Yankees after one bad Aaron Boone decision

Well , that was weird. Oh, sure, Sonny Gray stunk again Saturday night, failing to get out of the fourth inning in the Yankees’ 11-4 loss to the Angels at Yankee Stadium. With a 5.98 ERA, with getting through five innings in only half of his 10 starts, with the idea of pairing with Austin…
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Aaron Hernandez’s Double Life: Inside the Aftermath of His Suicide and the Questions Left Unanswered

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez’s suicide last April meant the disgraced former football star’s short life was over, but it did not mark the end of his story.
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Aaron Boone hints Yankees could have two second baseman

TAMPA — With less than two weeks left before Opening Day, Neil Walker finally made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday night, starting at first base with the Yankees hosting the Astros at Steinbrenner Field. Before Walker’s debut, manager Aaron Boone said he wants to take advantage of the versatility of both Walker and Tyler…
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Aaron Judge’s low salary may help Yankees avoid luxury-tax

TAMPA — Aaron Judge is coming off a season in which he led the American League in homers, but he won’t be leading the league in salary anytime soon. The AL Rookie of the Year is set to make $ 622,300 with the Yankees this season, according to the Associated Press Thursday. Judge won’t be eligible…
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Aaron Rodgers Gives Danica Patrick a Good Luck Kiss Before Final NASCAR Race

Danica Patrick went into her final NASCAR race ever with a good luck smooch from Aaron Rodgers … and while the event might be her personal finale, this pic might be a debut. TMZ Sports has obtained a photo of the new couple giving each other a…

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QB Aaron Rodgers Is Basically Green Arrow in This Insane NFL Playoffs Comeback

We already hyped how NFL star Marshawn Lynch is your new favorite superhero thanks to his “Beast Mode” runs during games, but check out Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his insane comeback attempt against the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 NFC Divisional Playoff game. It’s a crazy standoff between him and flashy Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald that has us wishing for a sequel.

Find out in the comic above and see how it compares to the real deal here:

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After Aaron Hernandez, CTE Has Become the NFL’s Biggest Problem

On Thursday, Dr. Ann McKee, the Boston University neuropathologist who has diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in dozens of deceased NFL players, gave a slide presentation that left physicians in the audience gasping.

McKee showed that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, who was convicted of murder in 2015 and committed suicide in prison in April of this year, had levels of CTE — a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated impacts to the head — never seen in someone younger than 46 years old.

Hernandez was 27 when he died. Images of his brain left no doubt that he had a significant buildup of tau proteins (named after the Greek letter) that destroy brain tissue in the frontal lobe — the area of the brain that moderates behavior, judgment and decision making — and the hippocampus, which controls memory.

The NFL, the unquestioned king of American sports about a decade ago, is facing all sorts of problems this season. Ratings are down 5.5% through the first nine weeks of 2017, according to Nielsen.

President Trump has regularly chided the league for refusing to punish athletes who, in an effort to raise awareness of social injustices, choose not to stand during the national anthem. Some fans are boycotting the league because of the anthem controversy. Papa John’s, the pizza chain, is blaming the NFL’s failure to quell the anthem issue for lagging sales of its pies. Colin Kaepernick has meanwhile filed a collusion grievance against the league; Kaepernick, the ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the protest movement last year, remains unemployed while teams sign quarterbacks with far inferior performance metrics.

Then there’s the dizzying Ezekiel Elliott case, which has wormed its way through the court system, stealing even more attention from the games on the field. In August, the NFL suspended Elliott for six games due to an alleged domestic violence incident. Elliott has appealed the decision in court and has been able to stay on the field during the litigation; on Thursday, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit terminated a temporary stay on the suspension.

Elliott will now sit out at least the next four games: he’ll return to court on Dec. 1. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, aggrieved by Goodell’s punishment of his star running back, has reportedly threatened to sue the NFL over Goodell’s contract. He’s claiming that members of the NFL’s compensation committee misled owners about the number of votes needed to approve an extension for Goodell. (Jones was once one of Goodell’s biggest supporters. But Goodell wasn’t benching a marquee Cowboy in those days.)

As if the off-field activity wasn’t painful enough for the NFL, the on-field product hasn’t been all that compelling. Injuries have wiped out the seasons of a bevy of superstars, like New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and Deshaun Watson, the Houston rookie quarterback who was tearing up the league before he tore a knee ligament in practice on Nov. 2. Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in October; he could return this season.

To be sure, some of these woes and squabbles largely serve as sideshows. But the Hernandez case can do much more damage to the NFL long-term. Football is now a public health issue; safety remains an existential threat to the game. Hernandez wasn’t some grizzled veteran offensive lineman who pounded heads on every play from scrimmage. He spent only three years in the NFL.

In her presentation, McKee offered one crucial caveat. She said she couldn’t “connect the dots” between Hernandez’s severe diagnosis and his violent behavior. She said Hernandez also had a genetic marker associated with brain diseases. Still, the results raised alarms. “We can’t take the pathology and explain the behavior,” McKee said. “But we can say collectively, in our collective experience, that individuals with CTE, and CTE of this severity, have difficulty with impulse control, decision-making, inhibition of impulses for aggression, emotional volatility, rage behaviors.”

The question on the minds of so many parents across the country — would you let your son play football? — just got much more difficult to answer. Or maybe not. Maybe now it’s a harder no.

 


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Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of CTE, Research Shows

Researchers at Boston University revealed on Thursday that Aaron Hernandez suffered from a "severe" case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — the neurodegenerative disease often found in individuals with a history of repetitive head trauma — for his age group.

Doctors discovered that Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, something researchers had yet to see in a brain younger than 46 years

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Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton Win Prestigious Hank Aaron Award

José Altuve of the Houston Astros and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins were named winners of Major League Baseball's prestigious Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday.

Altuve, a shortstop and five-time All-Star led both leagues in batting, with a .346 batting average, and also led baseball in wins above replacement (WAR), a metric that identifies player on-field contributions. During 2017

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Aaron Watson Talks Nashville Rejection, Previews Texas Hurricane Benefit

Aaron Watson will headline a night of Texas music Wednesday night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The Lone Star State singer, whose latest album is the vibrant Vaquero, has transformed the show into a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Mickey Guyton, Jim Collins, Leslie Satcher and Jon Wolfe will all join Watson for the event.

“We’ve been doing that with a lot of shows, and

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Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of Aaron Hernandez, is filing a lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots, claiming that the former pro football player's newly-discovered CTE diagnosis caused his suicide,

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Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian expecting first child

OHMYGOSSIP — Aaron Paul is to become a father for the first time.
The ‘Breaking Bad’ star and his wife Lauren Parsekian took to Instagram to announce they are expecting their first child together.
Alongside a photo of Lauren holding her burgeoning baby bump, he wrote: “Hey everyone. Look what I did. Words can’t express how excited I am that this little one has entered our lives. Just thought it was time I would share this beautiful news with all of you.”
Meanwhile, Aaron previously revealed he considers being at home to be like a vacation and gushed about he and his wife’s mutual appreciation of music, which helped bring them together.
He shared: “Any chance I have to be at my house, I take it. I’m never at home, I’m always travelling. I never work in Los Angeles. Being at home really is a vacation for me and my wife.
“Music is our obsession. I fell in love with my wife at a music festival. We have concerts inside our living room. Whenever we’re in town, we track down artists playing in Los Angeles and just reach out to their tour manager and see if they’d like to play our living room.”
It comes after Aaron admitted the pair weren’t in a rush to start a family.
He said at the time: “To be honest, we haven’t really thought about it. There’s no rush into anything. So if it happens, it happens.”

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Olivia Munn Hits Back at Critics By Poking Fun at Aaron Rodgers Split: Pic

Getting the last laugh! After fans were quick to judge Olivia Munn for posting a picture with a friend wearing a Minnesota Vikings hat following her split from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the actress, 37, hit back at her haters by getting in on the joke. 

In the original photo,

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Cabrera wants Aaron Judge ban: ‘He tried to hit me in the throat’

There was plenty of anger and finger-pointing still left Friday, one day after the ugly Yankees-Tigers brawl in Detroit that resulted in suspensions or fines for 12 individuals. And the guy assigned the heaviest penalty, Detroit’s future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera, who was hit with a seven-game ban, charged that the Yankees’ Aaron Judge…
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Aaron Judge Sizes Up As Baseball’s Best New Hope

Rarely do nachos make dreams come true, no matter how good the guacamole. But while Maria Baez was on her way to a Yankee Stadium concession stand one recent evening, a team employee offered her a spot in the Judge’s Chambers, a section of seats behind the right-field fence reserved for fans of the towering phenom Aaron Judge. Thanks to the young slugger’s head-spinning power at the plate–he entered mid-August leading the American League in home runs despite a recent slump–the invite-only cheering section has become New York City’s most coveted ticket since Hamilton. Clad in a team-issued black robe and waving a foam gavel, Baez was so eager to join the fray that she gave up on her nachos. “I was so excited,” she says, “I didn’t want to eat anymore.”

This is heady stuff for a 25-year-old rookie. But baseball has never seen a player quite like Judge. He is built more like a football or basketball player–indeed, he is the first position player in Major League Baseball to be 6 ft. 7 in. and weigh at least 280 lb. But all of that would amount to little if Judge weren’t also one of the game’s best power hitters. In a season that’s on pace to set a record for home runs, Judge stands out for the distance and ferocity of his blasts. Take, for example, a story that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recalled to TIME: before the Home Run Derby on July 10, Manfred was discussing with a Miami Marlins executive the ground rules for a ball hitting the roof of the retractable stadium in Miami. The executive said that no one had ever done it before, and stadium engineers had used NASA calculations to determine a roof height that they felt no baseball could possibly reach. As if on cue, Judge, who was taking batting practice, smacked a ball off the ceiling. He did it again during the competition, which he won with an electric display of brawn. “This is the stuff of Paul Bunyan legend,” says Manfred.

Ever since Derek Jeter hung up his spikes in 2014, baseball has thirsted for a transcendent personality with broader cultural resonance. If basketball has LeBron James and Tom Brady carries football, who is baseball’s brightest light? Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper are far more accomplished than Judge–but neither have fully broken through. Nor do they have the benefit of playing in the nation’s largest media market, for the sport’s most storied franchise.

“I do think it’s important to have a player that fans, no matter what market they’re in, gravitate to as the face of the game,” Manfred says. “We’re in an interesting phase, where we have a really talented group, and people are kind of watching to decide who steps forward to claim that mantle.”

Judge hails from Linden, Calif., a close-knit farming community of about 1,800 people some 40 miles southeast of Sacramento. “There were no strangers in that town,” Judge says of his upbringing. He was raised by adoptive parents, retired teachers Wayne and Patty Judge, and starred in baseball, football and basketball at Linden High School. Notre Dame, UCLA and Stanford wanted him to play football, but he spurned them for a partial scholarship to play baseball at Fresno State. “There was some doubt,” Judge tells TIME. “I thought about going the football route. But I saw myself having fun playing baseball for the rest of my life.”

It was a risky decision. Taller hitters tend to struggle at the plate–one reason that players Judge’s height tend to be pitchers. A longer swing gives tall hitters less time to catch up with fastballs and more chances for mechanical glitches. Judge, however, has a compact motion with little wasted movement. The Yankees drafted him No. 32 overall in 2013 and called him up to the big leagues last August. He slugged a homer in his first at bat, then struggled the rest of the way, hitting just .179.

Turns out that was not a sign. In his first full major-league season, Judge slammed 30 homers before the All-Star break, breaking Joe DiMaggio’s season record for Yankees rookies. He’s hit the four hardest home runs of the season so far, as measured by exit velocity off the bat, as well as the longest: a 495-footer in June. He has helped vault the Yankees into the playoff race and make the team’s games appointment TV. Viewership for Yankees games on the YES Network is up 57% this year.

Like the Yankees’ most recent legend, Judge has taken a studied approach to the spotlight. Even during a second-half slump–as of Aug. 15, Judge had struck out at least once in 32 straight games, tying a major league record–he has remained polite and avoided controversy. “Aaron and Derek carry themselves in a very similar way,” says ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira, who played with Jeter for six seasons.

Judge will let his blasts do the talking. “It’s just like Stephen Curry,” says TBS analyst Gary Sheffield, who spent three seasons with the Yankees in the mid-2000s. “When Curry hits a three-pointer from near half-court, it’s much sexier than a regular three. Aaron Judge is hitting balls to places we’ve never seen.”

If the expectations are weighing on Judge, he’s not letting on. “The big thing for me this year is having blinders on,” says Judge. “It’s tough. There’s a lot of noise. But that’s the thing, you’ve got to be mentally strong enough to fight through that noise.”

The entire sport should be happy if he does.


This appears in the August 28, 2017 issue of TIME.
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