Aaron Judge made his mark on Yankee Stadium Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
The sensational rookie hit his MLB-leading 28th home run in the fourth inning, a towering shot to centerfield, and he left a dent in the stadium for good measure.
Judge confirmed Monday that he will be competing in this month’s Home Run Derby along with teammate Gary Sanchez. Few predicted this level of success for Judge after he struggled to make consistent contact in a brief stint with the Yankees last season.
Not only has Judge flourished this season, he is a serious threat to win the Triple Crown.
The question with Belichick now: Is the personnel boss making the coach better, or is the coach making the personnel boss better? The last two offseasons have made a strong case for the former, an amazing feat considering his status among the greatest coaches ever in any sport. Since rallying to win the Super Bowl last February, they have schooled the rest of the league on roster movement, so that their additions were almost an embarrassment of riches. In a competitive field, Belichick reigns.
Schneider and Pete Carroll have deftly juggled personalities, roster changes, contracts and an up-and-down NFC West, and they have gone at least one round in the playoffs six of their seven years together. Their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, is locked up long-term. They dangled the idea of trading Richard Sherman, then regained their senses. They’re among the NFC favorites again. Schneider has earned his annual high ranking.