Inside the Yankees, Aaron Judge’s percussion engineers are sloppy

With Jake Minz
FOX Sports MLB Author

You already know the deal: a friend the size of Everest, he plays for the most famous team, he is extremely good at baseball, he hits a lot of houses, etc., etc. Dead baseball had no noticeable effect Aaron Judgewho has 21 homers in 52 games and is in rhythm for 63 this season.

The Detroit Tigers, until Monday, have 30 homers as a team.

While Judge’s physique is often the first thing that is discussed about his attacking game – and rightly so, I mean he’s 6 feet-7 and 280 pounds over – his swing is a lot more than “haha, big guy go brrrr “. Many incredibly loud beaters have been flashing brightly and quickly, trying to make enough contact to utilize their impressive juice.

Judge’s ability to really hit baseball on a league average, while at the same time hitting the ball harder than anyone else on the planet, is a testament to his irrational athleticism, yes, but also his attention to detail.

To delve into the AL MVP champion’s mind, FOX Sports asked Judge to share his three main hitting orders.

1. Wrap the back hip

Before I could even ask a question, Judge already had the “back hip” in his brain. It is by far the most important element in his cradle.

“That’s where the magic happens,” he said.

Those unfamiliar with hit mechanics may not consider the lower half critical – you end up hitting the ball with your hands – but for Judge and many other strikers, the lower half, and specifically the hips, is the key to timely rotation and force.

“All they have to do is roll me up, roll me up around my hip,” Judge said. “They could have just cut off my first leg. That’s how I think about it. If I only had one leg, I could still hit.”

The meaning of “bun” or “hip thread” is a strike motion that occurs during the loading phase, in which the striker bends slightly on his hind leg while rotating on that leg slightly toward the catcher. It allows a striker to then shoot forward, spinning vigorously toward the baseball, similar to a spiral spring. It is a subtle movement, so subtle that it is difficult to lift it at full speed, but almost every elite player in the big league does, whether he thinks about it or not.

2. Check the load

While the Judge coil is vital, it recognizes that it is useless if not synchronized properly. Many beaters tend to wrap around too much, which leads to a tone of head movement that makes it much, much harder to watch baseball.

“Once I grab the coil in my hip,” Jade told FOX Sports, “now it has to do with controlling this forward motion and hovering there. I feel like I’m in a good position to hit.”

Watch this snapshot in slow motion, open side of the Judge and you can see the pause he is talking about.

There is so much movement before it even unfolds from his hip. Notice how Judge’s front leg raises and lowers, the SCAP muscle is loaded with his arms pulled back and sitting on his hind hip, while his head remains perfectly still and balanced over his hind hip. This is what it means to control the load.

“I’ve heard David Ortiz talk a lot about it,” Judge said. “There is this clip I have saved on my phone, where he talks to Alex Rodriguez, and he talks about thinking like he has a bar running from his head under his hip and up to his legs through his back. his foot “.

Staying balanced and steady for milliseconds before turning and shooting with incredible force at the ball is an extremely difficult thing to do. That’s why so many strikers who swing hard and hit the ball hard hit out so often. Strength equal movement and this equal movement of the eyes, which makes contact more difficult.

So while Judge still has a fairly high strike rate, he is able to stay balanced and hover often enough to … you know … lead the league to the homers and keep up the pace to do one season record for the Yankees.

3. Yes, yes, yes, no

This is an idea you will hear until the Little League. Grand Prix veteran Nick Castellanos once described it to me as controlled aggression. The idea is that on every court, a player should think about doing damage, smashing baseball. Any ounce of passivity before the game will lead to a hesitant swing and limit the impact.

This is what the Judge thinks.

“I’m at every pitch. It does not matter if it ‘s a 3-0 count, the first pitch of the game, the full count at the end of nine. up there I’m just trying to watch the ball, I’ll be in a bad position. “

Judge likens archery to hunting: If you do not fully invest when you pull your arrow back, you will have a more timid approach when your target is presented. Staying at full strength and maintaining intent on every pitch is outrageously difficult, but it’s part of what makes a great league mentality so different.

Aaron Judge is great, yes. He’s a hilarious sports guy, yes. But he also has an approach to hitting that enables him to make the most of his physical ability.

Jake Mintz is the strongest half @CespedesBBQ and a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is an Orioles fan who lives in New York, and so, lives a solitary life most of October. If he does not watch baseball, he is almost certain to be riding his bike. You can follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Mintz.

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