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Video: Aaron Judge mashes a 495-foot home run at Yankee Stadium

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Giancarlo Stanton may have some stiff competition for this year’s Home Run Derby. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit the longest home run of the season when he sent a Logan Verrett slider out to left-center field, landing 495 feet away from home plate, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

The Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb previously had the longest home run of the season at 481 feet. The only home run hit further last season was Giancarlo Stanton’s 504-foot blast, according to Statcast. Kris Bryant also hit a 495-foot shot in 2015.

Judge also singled, doubled, and drew a walk through the first six innings of Sunday’s action. As of this writing, he’s hitting .341/.448/.702 with 20 home runs, 45 RBI, and 53 runs scored in 248 plate appearances.

Update: Judge hit his 21st homer in the seventh off of Jimmy Yacabonis, a two-run blast. It only went 402 feet, though. Only.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.