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Yankees' Judge wins Home Run Derby
Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 12:00am

(MIAMI) - He is who everyone thought he was. Aaron Judge arrived in Miami for the All-Star Game festivities surrounded by daunting expectations stemming from his colossal first half with the New York Yankees. Prognosticators all expected Judge to make a deep run in the Home Run Derby, even though his only previous experience in the event came at Fresno State, when he captured the 2012 College World Series derby in Omaha. When the time arrived for Judge's big league Derby debut, things got serious in a hurry. Miami's Justin Bour, a hometown favorite, cranked 22 homers in the first round. But Judge responded by doing what phenoms do: He cinched up his belt, stepped in the box and put on a show. Judge stayed alive with 23 first-round bombs to eclipse Bour, eliminated Los Angeles Dodgers rookie star Cody Bellinger in the second round and cruised past Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano in the finale for the title. Judge hit 47 home runs and drove the longest ball of the competition a whopping 513 feet, and StateCast measured the overall distance of his homers at 3.9 miles. Judge keeps adding lines to a stunning rookie résumé. He joined Mark McGwire of the 1992 Oakland Athletics and Ken Griffey Jr. of the 1994 Seattle Mariners as the third player to be leading the majors in homers at the All-Star break and win a Derby. With his victory Monday, Judge joined Tino Martinez, Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano to give the Yankees an MLB-high four Derby champions.

(photo courtesy of Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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