Aaron Judge strikes out eight times, sets new MLB record

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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.”



Cubs, RHP Taillon reportedly agree to 4-year contract

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SAN DIEGO — The Chicago Cubs have added Jameson Taillon to their rotation, agreeing to a four-year contract with the right-hander that is worth roughly $68 million.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Cubs haven’t formally announced the move, but President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer said the team has been looking at Taillon for a long time.

“I think he’s a really good starting pitcher,” Hoyer said at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego. “He’s been really consistent. I think he’s continued to get better as he’s gotten healthier in his career. I think he’s showed the promise he had.”

The 31-year-old Taillon is coming off a solid season with the New York Yankees, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA. He matched his career high with 32 starts and worked 177 1/3 innings, his best total since he logged 191 innings in 2018.

The move puts Taillon back in the NL Central after he began his career with Pittsburgh. Taillon made his major league debut in 2016 and went 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA in 82 starts in his first four seasons with the Pirates.

Taillon missed the 2020 season after he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time. He was traded to the Yankees in January 2021 for four prospects.

“Since he’s been healthy, beginning with the Yankees, I think he’s pitched really well,” Hoyer said. “Yeah, I think there’s still more in the tank. But obviously we’re excited to get him. He’s a guy we targeted at the beginning of the offseason.”

Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, moves into a rotation that also includes Marcus Stroman, who finalized a $71 million, three-year contract last December. Kyle Hendricks is hoping to return to form after he missed the last part of the season with shoulder trouble.

Chicago went 74-88 this year and finished third in the NL Central. But it went 40-31 in its last 71 games. The rotation had a 2.89 ERA after the All-Star break, third in the majors behind the Astros (2.70) and Dodgers (2.73).

The Cubs also got Cody Bellinger on Tuesday, agreeing to a $17.5 million, one-year contract with the 2019 NL MVP. Bellinger figures to play center field, but he also could get some work at first base.

The team could add another starting pitcher, and it is monitoring the shortstop market.

“Really glad with the two guys that we are able to potentially come to an agreement with while we’re here,” Hoyer said. “And obviously a lot of offseason left.”