That’s weird. Don’t know what happened in the 2000s to cause that spike; so odd. ANYWAY, the point is clear. Players are getting taller. They’re getting larger. They’re getting beefier.
The odds are strong, then, that players will grow incrementally taller, and the outliers will be bigger than Judge. They’ll be bigger than Giancarlo Stanton, just like those two were bigger than Frank Howard, who could have popped three Slim Players in the first hour of a road trip and still have been hungry.
Judge is becoming the prototype, and when the prototype becomes something that can roll off an assembly line, there will be new, fancier prototypes. It’ll be decades before it happens, but my point is this: Someday, there will be larger Aaron Judges, with more violence in their swings. The people of the future will marvel at them, and they’ll be right to do so.
Us, stuck in the present? We’ll have to make do with an amazing, necessary Aaron Judge. He’s better at hitting dingers than you will be at anything for the rest of your life, and that shouldn’t depress you. That should make you happy.
Even if you disagree with that admittedly extreme #take, though, we should be able to agree that introducing this kind of setup for a mid-July exhibition that counts for nothing makes all kinds of sense.
Outside of that one appearance, though, the right-hander has a 3.04 ERA, allowing just 27 runs in 80 innings, and that also happens to be his ERA over the eight starts since that lone implosion.
By ERA, Eddie Butler has been the Cubs’ best starting pitcher. Everyone they’ve tried Cheap Team Jerseys Basketball has been astoundingly mediocre or downright awful. The adjusted ERA for every Cubs starter this season (before Jose Quintana’s brilliant debut): 52, 81, 99, 101, 103, 105, 107. That’s like a Cheap Soccer Jerseys From China mathematical proof for a .500 team.