Judge after Yankees fail to make playoffs: ‘A lot of stuff going on around here needs to be fixed’

New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge speaks after officially being eliminated from the post-season, says the team has a lot of things to change, and that this season was a failure. Courtesy: YES Network

For the first time since 2016 and the second time in Aaron Judge‘s career, the New York Yankees have failed to make the post-season.

The Yankees were officially eliminated from playoff contention following a 7-1 loss Sunday to the Arizona Diamondbacks. New York is now about to head on the road to Toronto and Kansas City and are in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time since 1992.

Captain Aaron Judge didn’t mince words when asked about the Yankees missing out on the playoffs and his outlook for the team going forward.

“It’s tough. Every year I’ve been in New York, we’ve been in the post-season,” Judge said. “So it’s gonna be a little different this offseason, but that’s just gonna give us more time to work and get ready for the next one.

“We got a lot to work on, a lot of things to change. A lot of stuff going on around here that needs to be fixed.”

The Yankees own an MLB-leading $259 million payroll with Judge taking up $40 million of that after signing a nine-year $360 million contract last off-season.

Judge didn’t elaborate on what the Yankees need to change going forward but did call for sweeping changes.

He also noted injuries, including his own, didn’t help the team’s chances this season. The 31-year-old is slashing .268/.404/.610 with 35 home runs and 71 RBI in 101 games, a year after he set a new American League record with 62 homers.

“I’ll tell you guys every year, if I’m not talking to you guys after a championship, it’s a failure,” Judge told reporters after the game. “When you don’t show up and produce and get kicked out like this in the regular season, that’s a big failure right there. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of internal talks, a lot of stuff we’ve got to get figured out.”

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