NEW YORK – Aaron Judge is dealing with “some lower body tightness’’ according manager Aaron Boone, who held the Yankees slugger out of Wednesday night’s lineup. "He wanted to play,'' said Boone, who felt it was best to act cautiously and offered just a general description as to what's ailing Judge. After belting his MLB-leading ninth homer of the season Tuesday night against the Braves, Judge was removed for a pinch-hitter his next time up, with the Yankees leading 8-3 in the sixth inning.
The Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2020 has to wait a year to get inducted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the careers of Derek Jeter, Ted Simmons, Larry Walker, and Marvin Miller are already being celebrated at the shrine. It features one artifact for each honoree and includes: the Yankees helmet Jeter wore when he recorded his 3,000th career hit on July 9, 2011; Simmons' AL championship ring won with the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers; a Rockies jersey worn by Walker in 1998 when he led the National League with a .363 batting average; and a timeline of Miller's career as executive director of the players' union.
As I wrote about before the season started, seeing Brett Gardner in the outfield has been standard for the Yankees and its fans for more than the last decade. However, as his career winds down, his time in the everyday lineup will as well. We’re 17 games into the season and Mike Tauchman has done his fair share to prove that he deserves a starting spot in the Yankees potent lineup.