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Here Comes The Judge

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We often look to sports stars for inspiration and aspire to be more like them. It seems we will have yet another to add to that list: Aaron Judge.

Aaron Judge is in his first full season in the Major Leagues. Judge played college baseball at Fresno State and was taken by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. Aaron Judge made his Major League debut with the Yankees last August and homered in his first at bat. Judge batted only .179 with four homers in 84 at bats and he struck out 42 times. Aaron Judge has been sensational in 2017! A few others have taken notice of his incredible talent, too. Judge was invited to take part in the Home Run Derby that takes place in Miami on July 10, which is the night before the All-Star Game. Some team managers have discouraged taking part in the derby as it might have a negative affect on their swings. Judge’s manager, Joe Girardi, said in a statement to The Associated Press that he doesn’t believe that would be an issue for Judge. When Judge was asked if he would participate, he had this to say:

“I just got invited,” Judge said Tuesday before the Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium. “That’s all I know so far. Haven’t decided yet. I’ll think about it for a while and see what we do.”

Asked what might compel him not to compete in the event, Judge said he had not given it any thought. “Just more focused on what I can do for the team right now,” he said.

“I’ve thought about it, but never really dreamed it would actually happen,” he said. “That was pretty surreal.”

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This humble man is a great teammate to have! Judge is 6’7 282 pounds and his power to all fields is incredible. Aaron Judge is about much more than home runs. He sets a great example by playing hard and with passion. He runs well and gives you everything he has in right field. It is so important to note that since he is hitting home runs to all fields, he is not getting into bad habits at the plate. Many power hitters constantly try to pull the ball so it is much easier for pitchers to pitch to them. Aaron Judge cut down on his leg kick this season and the results have been astounding. He is batting over .300 with more than 20 homers. Aaron Judge is a fine young man with a terrific work ethic. Baseball is a game of adjustments, and Judge has made some that put him on the path to greatness!

So how can we be more like Judge? What qualities or tips are out there and what would it take to rise so swiftly to the top? The first step is learning how to become a great leader. Robby Slaughter talked about some “universal truths” in a recent post that can help guide you on the road to great leadership. These truths are what most successful leaders have learned:

  • Successful leaders are driven by passion.
  • Successful leaders are never finished learning.
  • Successful leaders believe integrity is everything.
  • Successful leaders believe people are their greatest asset.
  • Successful leaders are courageous.

The article goes on to explain in detail how each of those characteristics are necessary if you want to be known as the front-runner in your field. Use those tips. Let them guide you on your road to success!

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Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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