Aaron Judge, Yankees
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Aaron Judge has his first big offensive series against the Milwaukee Brewers after weeks of struggle and underwhelming at-bats. Judge wasn’t his true self on the plate since the start of the year as adjustments with hitting order and outfield positioning worked massively against him.

However, against the Milwaukee Brewers, Aaron Judge finally displayed some real signs of a breakout. However, his euphoria was cut short with a big scale controversy which circled back to Judge’s integrity towards the game. And after a series of leveling accusations and playing defense, MLB umpires cleared their stand and admit a mess up from their end.


Umpires Back Tracks On Controversialist Aaron Judge Call 

Aaron Judge, Yankees

MLB world was up in flames last month when New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge was accused of unlawful activities in a three-game series against Milwaukee Brewers. In game 2, Judge was forced out at second base on Alex Verdugo’s ground ball. However, Brewers’ shortstop Willy Adames’ double play throw deflected off Judge’s raised arm, which eventually allowed Verdugo to reach first base safely. Brewers were visibly unhappy and appealed the play. However, due to a lack of replay opportunities, the umpires stayed with the original call and ruled out any interference from the Yankees captain. However, things took an ugly turn when the Brewers manager accused Judge of deliberate foul play, and the captain hit back, saying he had been sliding like that for years.

That being said, weeks later, the controversy erupted; MLB umpires circled back to the incident to confess that they indeed made a mistake and missed an interference call on Aaron Judge. Crew chief Andy Fletcher explained that in the moment, the umpires made the best decision they could since replays for the play were not allowed as per MLB rules. However, now that he watched the replays after the game, Fletcher opined that the call was wrong. “It appears that the call was missed. It was an unnatural part of his slide,” said Fletcher after the game. However, Yankee skipper Aaron Boone refused to buy the crew chief’s assessment. Boone claimed he heard from another umpire that Judge wasn’t at fault. Hence, first things first, MLB must resolve the discrepancies to avoid confusion so that players are not made scapegoats.

Judge Got Tossed Days After Interference Controversy 

Aaron Judge, Yankees
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Controversy followed New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge from one series to another, and days after getting embroiled in interference controversy, he got ejected for the first time in his career. In what was argued as a soft call, Judge was tossed after he protested against a dubious strike call with plate umpire Ryan Blakney.

It was the first time since 1999 that a Yankees captain was tossed in a game, and Aaron Judge found himself on the wrong side of history this time around. That being said, Judge redeemed himself the next day when he smoked a solo home run in the very first at-bat of the series finale against the Detroit Tigers.

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