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Akshita Patel

WATCH: Aaron Judge Hits Raining Home Runs In Yankees’ First Pre-Season Training Session In Tampa!

It’s still a day left before the Aaron Judge-led New York Yankees pitchers and catchers report for spring training at the club’s training facility in Tamp, Florida. But a large group of the 40-man roster has already begun working out at the George Steinbrenner field over the past couple of weeks.

Notably, Captain Aaron Judge led a large group of people to Tampa earlier this month for early training and workout sessions. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees recently held a season-first batting practice session at the George Steinbrenner field. While many hitters took encouraging reps, Judge resumed business as usual from pitch one itself.

   

Aaron Judge Leads The Way As Yankees Participate In Season First BP Session

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) takes batting practice with live pitching prior to the MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge is no less than a home run-hitting machine. He holds the record for most home runs (62) recorded in a single MLB season. Not only that, but the slugger hit 37 home runs in 2023, in a season where he spent eight weeks on IL and also played half-healthy for the second half of the tournament. Regardless, as the franchise gears up for spring training, Judge meant business from the season’s first BP session. The Yankee roster assembled at Tampa for the spring training session scheduled for tomorrow. Ahead of the official reporting day, hitters participated in a batting practice session supervised by none other than the club’s managing director, Hal Steinbrenner.

Meanwhile, Aaron Judge wooed Steinbrenner with his impeccable home run-hitting skill. He hit towering homers to almost every part of the field. While George Steinbrenner’s field is much of a hitter-friendly park, Judge’s skills and insane power cannot be undermined. After a successful BP session, the captain was seen talking to Hal Steinbrenner on the sidelines. Judge admitted to wanting to build a personal relationship with Hal when he signed an extension contract last off-season. Thus, the initiative of a healthy discussion is a first step towards that direction. That being said, the upcoming MLB season is a crucial juncture for the New York Yankees’ standpoint. Their image as a storied and successful franchise is at stake. A deep postseason run is a must to regain the fans’ loyalty and trust.

Judge Survives Off-Season Toe Surgery Scare

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball by Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

In a piece of positive news for the New York Yankees fans, Aaron Judge has regained full fitness ahead of the 2024 MLB season. The captain ruptured his right toe ligament after crashing into the fence of the Dodgers stadium. After recovering for eight weeks on IL, Judge returned half-healthy with an off-season surgery on the table.

However, fortunately, Aaron Judge survived the scare. He progressed well while playing through the injury and successfully averted an off-season surgery. Ahead of the 2024 season, Judge is taking reps without any limitations and underlying concerns. He will definitely start the season on a healthy and positive note.

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