Vernon Wells agrees: he’s not worth his contract

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But also doesn’t care. And he actually makes a half-decent case for not really caring:

“I think the most important thing about getting contracts like this is you get to go out and do so many different things in the community.

“You get to go out and impact lives. The way I feel about it, I was blessed with that contract to go out and do things. Everybody would say I’m not worth the money and I would totally agree that I’m not worth that contract, but I don’t think there is anybody … but I know what I can do with that contract will far outdo what that contract’s worth.”

Post-hoc rationalization? Maybe, but if he is really out there in the community doing good things, good for him.  It’s not like he should have said no, he wasn’t taking the deal at the time it was offered. And saying what he said here is damn sight better than being that guy in the middle of an awful deal acting like he’s entitled to it or something.

I’m glad I’m not paying Vernon Wells, but he’s pretty clear-eyed about thing, it seems.

(link via Big League Stew)

 

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: