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Video: Aaron Judge crushes his sixth home run of 2018

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Another day, another home run for Aaron Judge. The Yankees’ slugger belted a two-RBI home run off of Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman on Saturday afternoon, marking his sixth of the season and second-most among all American League batters.

The home run — a 443-foot moonshot into the upper deck of Yankee Stadium — scored Brett Gardner to give the Yankees their first lead of the game in the third inning. It was the first career blast Judge recorded on a 3-0 pitch count, too; according to Baseball-Reference, he’s now hit one out on every possible pitch count. (That was the only thing that made Saturday’s two-run shot so unique, however, as it was the fourth career dinger he’s collected against Stroman and the 12th he’s hammered against the Blue Jays.)

Not only is Judge inching closer to Mike Trout‘s AL-best seven home runs and Bryce Harper‘s league-leading eight homers, but he’s making history as he does so. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the 25-year-old reached the threshold of 62 home runs by his 201st career game, narrowly beating Mark McGwire’s 62 home runs in 205 games.

The Yankees weren’t done scoring. They returned in the sixth inning for a seven-run round against the Blue Jays, who managed to plate one of their own on Steve Pearce‘s RBI single in the fifth. The Yankees currently lead the Blue Jays 9-1 through eight innings.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.