The Home Run Derby is officially waiting on Aaron Judge

There was little doubt that the American League’s best home run hitter was going to get invited to next month’s Home Run Derby, and now it’s official.

The next step is for Aaron Judge to accept the offer.

“I haven’t decided yet,” Judge said after wowing another crowd with his display during batting practice in The Bronx before the Yankees began a homestand against the Angels on Tuesday. “I’m gonna think about it for a while, and we’ll see what we do.”

The right fielder maintained his lead over the Angels’ Mike Trout for the most votes in the AL in the All-Star voting released Tuesday, meaning he will almost certainly be in Miami for the All-Star Game, anyway.

Asked if there would be a reason for him not to participate in the derby, Judge said: “I just really haven’t honestly thought about it. … We’ll see what I decide to do.”

But he did seem intrigued by the idea.

“I never really dreamed that it would actually happen,” said Judge, who entered Tuesday with a major league-leading 23 home runs on the season. “So it’s pretty surreal.”

Joe Girardi wouldn’t have an issue if Judge decides to go and isn’t afraid it would affect his swing.

“I watch him take BP, and he uses the whole field,” Girardi told the AP. “So he’ll do the same thing. Players, you want them to enjoy the All-Star Game because it’s something they’ve earned.”


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