“Can’t Show Up On Big Stages”: Fans Turn On Aaron Judge After Learning His Real Reason For World Baseball Classic Snub

Published 02/22/2023, 7:38 AM EST

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With the World Baseball Classic less than a month away, many MLB stars are gearing up to represent their home nations on the biggest stage. But one superstar that won’t be suiting up is Aaron Judge. The New York Yankees star will not be participating in the WBC this time around. Although many fans were looking forward to seeing him play.

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The Yankees’ star outfielder is coming off a career year in 2022. But that may have something to do with his absence from the WBC. Judge recently opened up on his reasoning for missing the WBC and why he’s not representing Team USA. 

Aaron Judge wants to focus on his season with the New York Yankees

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Many have wondered why Aaron Judge isn’t playing in the World Baseball Classic. The New York Yankees star recently commented on his reasoning while conversing with Fox Sports. Judge said that he wanted to focus on bringing a championship to New York. Taking to Twitter, Fox Sports informed the same. 

According to Fox Sports’ Deesha Thosar, Judge said, “It would be an honor to represent my country and play in that. But my main goal is what I can do here in New York and what I can do to bring a championship back here. I think especially after signing a nine-year contract, for me, priorities are New York.” He also wants to work with the Yankee’s young prospects and help them grow.

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Fans have shared their opinions on the news, and the reactions were mostly negative. Most fans were unhappy and took digs at Judge for not representing Team USA. But some fans did agree with Judge’s decision, stating that he made the right choice.

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But despite Judge missing the Classic, Team USA has several stars suiting up for them, such as Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Furthermore, there is a silver lining for fans who want to see him play at a World Baseball Classic. 

Judge may play the World Baseball Classic in the future

Despite the fact that Aaron Judge is not playing in the World Baseball Classic, his fans need not worry. The Yankees star has kept the door open for a future appearance. He has stated that a few years down the line, he would be open to representing Team USA. 

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It will be interesting to see how the United States fairs without Judge. But the Yankees captain will be focused on the upcoming season. What do you think about Aaron Judge’s reasoning for missing the World Baseball Classic? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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