Unlike most stars in the MLB, Aaron Judge constantly faces the challenge of dealing with an expanded strike zone. It comes with the territory of being a six-foot-seven slugger.
While Judge certainly receives praise for his impressive power at the plate, the All-Star outfielder proved on Friday that he’s also an innovator.
During his first at-bat on Friday, Judge struck out after getting rung up on a pitch below his knees. This isn’t something new for the Yankees’ superstar, as umpires usually have a tough time judging his strike zone.
In an effort to avoid suffering the same fate his next time at the plate, Judge raised his socks all the way above his knee.
The two-time All-Star sent a clear a message to the umpires, and he also avoided getting called out on strikes in the process.
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Did Aaron Judge raise his socks higher after getting rung up on a ball below his knees, an investigative report.
Yes, yes he did. pic.twitter.com/n3mCzEVzLu
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) July 20, 2019
Judge finished yesterday’s game on a positive note, launching his 11th home run of the season into the stands in the sixth inning.
Event though his numbers aren’t exactly MVP-caliber for Judge, he’s been really productive for the Yankees since returning from his oblique injury.
Despite all the injuries that plagued New York early in the season, the 27-time champions are firmly in first place in the AL East.