American first baseman who participated in the WBC after giving batting advice to Judge, home run-no RBI, but it’s okay
MVP asked MVP for batting advice. Who are you talking to whom?
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees reportedly met with Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals during an individual training session in Florida in January to exchange opinions on hitting.
The Athletic published an article titled ‘Aaron Judge, Paul Goldschmidt and two MVPs spending time together’ on the 14th (Korean time), ‘The two players met in a batting cage at a Florida camp in January. The reason was to discuss and materialize a method to further neutralize the opposing pitcher,” he said. It goes without saying that Judge sought advice from Goldschmidt.슈퍼벳 토토
According to The Athletic, Judge wants to improve his contact rate after two strikes, but he wants to adjust his batting form, which he has been thinking about for years. Judge takes batting form in which the pitcher raises his legs high before throwing the ball. In Korea, it is also called one-legged hitting method.
However, the main point of Judge’s adjustment to his batting form is that he omits stepping his left foot toward the pitcher to increase his batting average when he is driven for two strikes. That’s Goldschmidt’s batting form.
Judge hit 21 homers after two strikes last year, leading the major leagues in this category as well, but his batting average was 0.194, ranking 72nd among 188 batters who hit 200 or more at bats in that situation. Of course, he could improve his batting average by increasing his contact rate and reducing his strikeouts. Judge believes he can produce hits with existing power without sticking his legs out.
The first time the two superstars met was during a 99-day lockout ahead of the 2022 season. It seems that it was a place to discuss pending issues of the players union. And we met again last year at the All-Star Game, and again on August 6-8 when the Yankees traveled to St. Louis.
“Paul is one of the best hitters in the majors,” Judge told The Athletic. He expressed his gratitude to Goldschmidt.
The two players were named MVP last year side by side. Judge hit a batting average of 0.311 with 62 homers and 131 RBIs, the most in a season in the American League, while Goldschmidt hit a batting average of 0.317 with 35 homers and 115 RBIs, a de facto career high.
However, I had a different idea about participating in the World Baseball Classic, which was heating up. While Judge refused to attend for one reason or another, Goldschmidt gladly accepted. Goldschmidt, the first baseman and third hitter for the U.S. national team, recorded a batting average of 0.333 (3 hits in 9 at-bats), 5 runs, 4 walks, and an OPS of 1.015 in 3 games.
He played in 5 exhibition games before joining the WBC, batting average of 0.417 (5 hits in 12 at-bats) with 1 home run and 1 RBI. He was posting an OPS of 1.167. In other words, the high-sensitivity hitting feeling continues in the WBC. Judge deserves some advice.