The HR Derby took place last night in Miami, and a new champion was crowned. Aaron Judge continued his onslaught on baseball by defeating Miguel Sano to win the title in his rookie season.
With hometown favorite and prodigious slugger Giancarlo Stanton knocked out in the first round, Miami Marlins’ fans had to latch on to someone else to cheer for in the finals. Why not the New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge? Judge his home run after home run, at times making it look easy. In the finals, he defeated the Twins’ Miguel Sano, needing just two of his allotted for minuted to hit 11 home runs and win the crown.
Ian Happ has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago Cubs in the first half. But will he stick around for the second half? Rumors continue to swirl that the Cubs could look to trade from their MLB talent to get pitching help for the future. Could that include the young Happ? With the way he’s impressed, it would be tough to think the Cubs could deal him away. But with a strong need for pitching, anything is possible.
One of the other names that are continually mentioned is Addison Russell. His season hasn’t been what he had hoped, although he’s not as far off his career numbers as you might think. But the lack of clutch hits and strikeouts have made his struggles more apparent. If the Cubs decide–or are forced–to deal one of their young and talented MLB players, could Russell be one of them?
These and other stories you might have missed:
‘All rise for new derby champion Aaron Judge’ – Cubbies Crib
‘What’s the plan with Happ moving forward?’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Russell showing his youth in 2017’ – Cubbies Crib
‘All-Star’s take center stage tonight on FOX‘ – MLB.com