Aaron Judge
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New York Yankees outfielder and slugger Aaron Judge discusses the secret behind his recent breakout in the batter’s box.

Aaron Judge is doing everything he can to make sure this isn’t a lost, injury-plagued season. After missing 54 games for the New York Yankees due to an oblique injury, Judge is working on improving his game in the batter’s box, and it’s working.

Judge has got on base in each of the last eight games after coming off the injury and has also hit four home runs. As far as his recent breakout, Judge shared his secret with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

“I’m just staying connected, I always want to have my thoughts and my body in alignment going to right field,” Judge said.

“What I do is I basically use that first-base line, I kind of line up to that, and that kind of helps me kind of visualize, ‘This is what I want,’ so then I get in the box and I am still thinking that same kind of motion towards where the second baseman is playing,” Judge stated. “It’s just muscle memory and if I set there and repeat the swing I feel like with my body already has that same thought into it. I just want to get my barrel in the zone. I want to get into the zone quick and kind of stay through it.”

Through 33 games this year, Judge has hit for .271 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs. Despite the longterm injury, Judge is still doing his thing in the batter’s box when he’s healthy.

The Yankees are currently in a great spot heading into the All-Star Break. They’re 26 games above .500 with a record of 57-31. They lead the American League East division, sitting 6.5 games ahead of the second place-Tampa Bay Rays.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.