Why New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge declined Home Run Derby invite

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge won’t be participating in the 2024 Home Run Derby during the All-Star break.

Judge enters Sunday with a league-leading 28 home runs.

While Judge is hitting enough home runs to create his own derby in the games that matter, The Captain doesn’t see the allure of competing in the event this year.

“I’m not doing it,’’ Judge said Saturday via the Post. “There’s no need this year.” 

Judge didn’t rule out participating in the event in the future, but he also added a minor caveat to when he would be willing to enter the derby next.

“I’m not done with it,’’ said Judge. “Once it’s back in New York, I’ll be there.”

Judge has already won the derby once before in his career. Back during his rookie season in 2017 at Marlins Park when he hit 47 home runs, defeating Miguel Sano in the final round, 11-10.

There’s an ongoing debate about the impact the derby has on the second half of the season. But Judge clearly wants to keep the focus on securing the top seed in the American League for the playoffs.

Fans will get to see Judge at all the All-Star festivities, but they won’t be watching him drop bombs in Arlington this summer.

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