Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees was appointed captain after signing a 9-year, $360 million contract in December of last year.
It is the first time in nine years that the Yankees have a captain since Derek Jeter in 2014. Juniors gather around Judge, the home run king and team leader. After hitting 62 homers last season, the most in a season in the American League, his presence has grown stronger.
On the 5th (Korean time), ESPN covered Judge’s relentless self-effort in an article titled, “After setting the home run record, Aaron Judge wants more success for the Yankees.”안전놀이터
Reporter Sam Borden, who wrote the article, introduced an anecdote that happened at the Yankees’ Tampa player training camp in January. Judge came to the place where DJ LeMayhew was training with the help of hitting coach Dylan Lawson.
When Coach Lawson congratulated Judge for signing a major contract, he asked this question. “What more can you teach me?”
It was to tell them something special during the winter offseason. For Lawson, it was as if he had been asked an absurd question. What else do you teach the best hitters in the major leagues?
Coach Lawson replied, “Isn’t it okay to just do what we did last year?”
Reporter Borden said, ‘Rawson hesitated at Judge’s request. “It wasn’t that the answer didn’t impress Judge, but it didn’t matter how Judge built a historic home run record for the Yankees last year. The Yankees won 99 games last season, but it didn’t matter. “We’ve failed to win our first World Series since 2009.” That means
Judge wants to make changes to take things to the next level for the team. “I don’t want to do it like last year,” Judge told Coach Lawson. There has to be something more.”
It is a well-known fact that Judge places great importance on constant self-development, especially mind-cultivation
. Reporter Han Borden told another anecdote:
It is an interesting story that Oswaldo Cabrera, an all-weather beast from Venezuela, read Sun Tzu’s Art of War during spring training, which is a book on warfare written by Sun Tzu, a strategist of Qi during the Spring and Autumn Period. It was introduced as ‘a famous Chinese military classic sought by modern people who want to better understand the connection between mental strength and success.’
Of course, the book Sun Tzu read by Cabrera is a Spanish version titled ‘El Arte de la Guerra’. It is ‘The Art of War.’ Cabrera was trying to clear his mind through this book.
In an interview with Borden, Cabrera said, “I ask Judge a lot about the mindset. He talks about how important the mindset is and it means a lot. If you look at his career, it’s strange if you don’t want that mindset. Why does Judge do what he does?” Won’t you follow me?”
Cabrera debuted in the major leagues last year and posted a batting average of 0.247, 6 home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games, showing the possibility of great success.
Reporter Borden said, “Team mates constantly ask and want to know how Jersey puts weight on his back foot or swing mechanism when hitting,” and “Jersey is more interested in the intellectual part that professional players should have.”