Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to compete in MLB Home Run Derby

Wanting to keep his focus on the field, Judge delayed making any Home Run Derby proclamations until his All-Star status was settled.

The slugger announced on the Yankees' Twitter account on Monday that he would participate in next week's Home Run Derby in Miami.

And that's when the camera panned over to Gary Sanchez.

That's right. Not only is first-time All-Star Gary Sanchez going to do the derby, but Aaron Judge, the leading AL All-Star vote receiver, will be participating in it as well. "That's what's going to make it even more enjoyable for both of us".

It's a great thing for baseball that we may have a chance to see Judge and Stanton in a possible final for this event. Mark McGwire has the most first-half home runs by a rookie with 33 for the Oakland Athletics in 1987.

He now leads the league with 27 home runs and a majority of them simply defying the laws of physics and gravity.

Also committing to the competition for the American League are Sanchez, a home run-hitting sensation at the end of last season with 20 homers in 53 games as a rookie, and Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano. "And if I don't, I want Judge to win".

Judge continues to gain accolades for his stellar rookie season. He is the first Yankee ever to win Rookie of the Month three consecutive times and the first in Major League Baseball to do it since Mike Trout in 2012. Sanchez also did it last August.

Sanchez was hitting.289 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs despite missing almost a month with a strained biceps.

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