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Aaron Judge Expressed His Excitement After Yankees Added Physics Professor From Michigan University

Aaron Judge is eager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees. He has been part of the team for a while now. But it has not been an easy journey for the great hitter. As a whole team, the NY side failed to deliver in the last decade or so. The last time they won a World Series was in 2009 with the Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez duo. Since then, the fans have been waiting for the next title to come. But it has not so far. Last year was the worst season in the previous 30 years for the Yankees. They finished with an awful 82-80 record.

The Bronx Bombers were the fourth in the American League East Division. They could not make the postseason for the first time since 2016. It was a terrible situation for the whole organization. However, they made some significant changes in and outside of the personnel. After a productive offseason, the NY side looks good to contend for the World Series again. Recently, the NY side made some more additions to the organization that really impressed Aaron Judge.

   

The Physics Professor From Michigan University Is “The Smartest Guy Here,” Feels Aaron Judge

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Aaron Judge Yankees Source: Fox News

After the terrible 2023 season, the 2022 AL MVP mentioned publicly that the Yankees should do a better job of relaying information to players. Most importantly, the analytical information should reach the players in a more effective way. Finally, it seems the NY side heard the demand of their 16th captain. Lately, the owner, Hal Steinbrenner, added Aaron Leanhardt to the big league coaching staff as an analyst. Moreover, the team can already feel his influence. This week, in an interview with the New York Post’s Greg Joyce, Aaron Judge mentioned it was exciting to see the team adding Leanhardt.

Moreover, the Yankees captain mentioned it is a pretty important role as “That analyst.” He is the barrier between the players and the analytics. Moreover, Aaron Judge mentioned so far he is doing a great job of “Funneling the information down.” The Yankees captain feels the rest of his teammates will love him. Leanhardt has been part of the Yankees for seven seasons already. But prior to that, he has a Ph.D from MIT in physics. Later, he worked for seven years as a physics professor at Michigan University. As per The Post, Aaron Judge said Leanhardt is the “Smartest guy here.” 

Why Yankees Needed An Analyst Like Leanhardt?

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Aaron Judge Yankees Source: CNN

After failing to make the postseason, Aaron Judge mentioned the need for a change in the Yankees’ analytic system. Adding to that, Judge mentioned that they look at a lot of numbers. However, he felt they might be looking at the wrong ones. Last October, the Yankees captain told the reporters about why the analytics department needs a bit of change.

He added that they should value those numbers that most people might see as having no value. However, Aaron Judge also said that when teams have to play 162 games, numbers are not always effective. That’s when they just have to play through things. Hence, the Yankees Captain feels that it is not easy to put a number on certain things.

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