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A locked-in Aaron Judge comes close to breaking Roger Maris’ longtime record and the American League record for 61 home runs, but that hasn’t caused the batter to reconsider his potential entry into Major League Baseball’s signature longball tournament. break for the All-Star Game.

Judge, who entered Thursday leading the majors with 25 home runs and a 65-of-162 pace, said he still has no plans or temptation to enter a home run derby for the first time since winning it during his rookie season. 2017.

“Nope. No need, I already did it once,” Judge told The Post ahead of Thursday’s game against the Reis at the stadium. “I’m fine with that.”

Clearly, MLB and the television networks would love to have Judge in the Monday night event before the July 19 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, and New York fans will especially enjoy a potential head-to-head matchup between Judge and the Mets. slugger Pete Alonso, who won the last two contests at Progressive Field in Cleveland in 2019 and at Coors Field in Denver last year. There was no All-Star Game celebration in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge hit 47 home runs in his 2017 debut at Miami’s Marlins Park, beating Minnesota’s Miguel Sano in the final. He became the fourth Yankee to win it, joining Tino Martinez (1997), Jason Giambi (2002) and Robinson Cano (2011).

Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
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But Judge also hit .185 in August of that year and dealt with left shoulder problems for the remainder of the season, requiring arthroscopic surgery during the off-season. He did finish his first full season in the Bronx with 52 home runs, 114 RBIs and a 1,049 OPS, winning the AL Rookie of the Year unanimously, finishing second to Houston’s Jose Altuve in MVP voting.

Judge is one of the first but clear leaders to win an MVP award for the first time in his seven-year career, leading the league in homers, runs (53), hitting percentage (.683), and OPS (1.067) in aid of the front. The Yankees are off to a sizzling 46-16 start with 100 games left on Thursday.

Judge, 30, also cites those staggering numbers with free agency approaching after he turned down the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million offer shortly before the start of the season.

The parties are due to meet at an arbitration hearing next Wednesday to determine the salary of the three-tie outfielder at this season’s All-Star Game.

Judge is seeking $21 million for 2022 while the Yankees have responded with $17 million. But those numbers were traded before his monster started the season.

“We didn’t hear anything. I’m preparing for us to go to court, that’s the plan,” the judge said when asked if he expects or hopes to settle early to avoid a hearing. “That’s what you’re getting ready for, that’s why you have a team [of agents] in order to prepare you for it. We are looking forward to it.

“All we have to do is prepare for the hearing, and if they come to us, they will come to us. Let’s see what happens.”

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