It wasn’t Aaron Judge‘s day yesterday. While his team split the doubleheader with the Tigers it was a pure nightmare from start to finish for Judge personally.
Judge had nine at bats on the day. He struck out in eight of them, including five punchouts in the nightcap. Those Ks set a new big league record for whiffing in a twin bill.
The previous record for strikeouts in a doubleheader was seven, held by by six guys: Pat Seerey of the White Sox in 1948, Dave Nicholson of the White Sox in 1963, Bill Melton of the White Sox in 1970, Frank Howard of the Senators in 1965, Mike Vail of the Mets in 1975 and Shea Hillenbrand of the Blue Jays in 2005.
Judge, of course, is no stranger to the strikeout, having been turned around 208 times last year while putting up near-MVP numbers and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. And, of course, he’s still having a fine season this year, hitting .276/.402/.561 while on a 46-homer pace. The Ks are just part of his game, even if eight in one day is a bit excessive.
He’s got a good attitude about it all too. From the AP gamer:
“That’s not a rough day, that’s a terrible day. But the beauty of baseball is that I get to wake up to fresh, new at-bats tomorrow.”
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”