Aaron Judge is the biggest thing in baseball and goes through one of the most historic seasons in the game’s history.
But does he have enough power to save the MLB from flowing?
We’re about to find out, because with Judge at 59, he’s staring at a Friday and Apple TV+ Yankees-Red Sox game exclusive with potential historical repercussions.
If that happens, Cabin Steven Nelson, Hunter Pence, and Katie Nolan will have the opportunity to put their signature on for now.
Although Apple TV+ games are free, there is a segment of the audience – presumably older – that is very interested in seeing Roger Maris’ record tied or broken and still likely has little trouble accessing it.
An MLB spokesperson said there was no plan to change the broadcast schedule.
The rest of the week lined up better with YES in games versus Pirates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursday, Fox will have the Yankees at the national level, followed by Apple on Friday. YES and MLB Network will be on Saturday. ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” took home the honors for ending the week.
sterling cross border
John Sterling will now play all Yankees games on WFAN from here until the end of the post-season. Sterling, 84, had cut back on his travel schedule in the second half of the season and YES/ESPN’s Ryan Rocco has agreed to play matches next week in Toronto.
At the end of last month, Ruocco proactively reached out to WFAN President, Chris Oliviero, to see if he was still playing those games as Judge approached Maris’ number of 61 players, Oliviero said. With Sterling averse to crossing the border, Oliviero said Ruocco was doing just fine.
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Last week, Sterling contacted Oliviero wanting to do the Toronto series starting on Monday. Ruocco realized and stepped aside. In a classy (and right-wing) move, Oliviero would still pay Rocco for all three matches.
Judge TV equals big numbers
The judge can enter this small data point into the free agency negotiations. YES ratings are up 22 percent this season in total average viewers (350,000 vs. 286.00). Of the 113 games on YES so far this season, 35 games have averaged over 400,000 viewers. These are the best numbers in baseball and the highest numbers for YES in 11 years. You cannot attribute everything to the judge. The Yankees started the season with the MVP in baseball, but he became a television watcher.
He will only grow up, because everything he does in the coming weeks and post-season combined with what might be a historic contract will make his rackets even bigger in the years to come.
Judge TV, etc.
In its game on Thursday, Fox Sports made a substitution, playing Adam Amin played by MLB’s No. 2 player for Aaron Goldsmith. Amin will join John Smoltz on the call with Ken Rosenthal on the sidelines. …the other problem with Apple TV games on Friday nights compared to other outlets, is that it’s more difficult for bars and restaurants to stream games. … MLB Network will broadcast live footage every time you judge bats. In Saturday’s game, Bob Costas and Tom Verducci will be in the booth with John Morosi on the sidelines.
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