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Aaron Judge on Tuesday did not exactly give New York Yankees fans any hope for his future in the Bronx during an interview hours before the start of the MLB All-Star Game.
The referee spoke to ESPN’s Marly Rivera before the first court. Rivera told her a story about a friend she has who has a son named Jacob who was upset over rumors that the Yankees slugger could leave the team after the end of the season. Rivera gave Judge the opportunity to allay fears.
“Jacob, buddy, we have a lot of great Yankees on this team. There are a lot of great Yankees who will be here for a long time, so you do not know to be upset,” he said. “Hopefully you will be a referee fan for life.”
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That was not exactly the answer Yankees fans, young or old, were looking for.
Referee is on course to become an unlimited free agent at the end of the season. He said Monday that he hoped to be in pinstripes for the rest of his career.
Judge rejected an eight-year contract worth $ 230.5 million to $ 234.5 million and was reportedly looking for a nine-year deal worth around $ 319.6 million. The referee set an arbitrary deadline on the opening day – April 8 – and said he would not talk about the contract until after the season.
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In a feature with Tom Rinaldi for FOX Sports, Judge was asked how he felt he had given that he was betting on himself this season. He said he did not see it that way.
“I try not to see it as betting on myself. I’m just trying to see it while we’re trying to figure something out, and we did not. Go out there and do what we can. Nothing was going to change that for me.” said the judge. “I have good friends I’ve made over the years here with the Yankees, and so far as the best team in baseball, it’s worked pretty well I think.”
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The referee set Roger Maris’ record for most home runs by a Yankees player in the All-Star break with 33 home runs. Maris set the record in 1961, the same year he hit 61 home runs.