Aaron Judge says he's 'one and done' at Home Run Derby

New York Yankees All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge appears to have no interest in defending his Home Run Derby crown.

The 2017 winner of the event told reporters Thursday morning that he is "leaning toward not doing" the Home Run Derby again. He first broached the topic in a podcast interview with The Players' Tribune on Wednesday.

"One and done, Home Run Derby champion," Judge said Thursday. "It was a cool experience. I enjoyed it all, but I don't think I really need to go out there and do it again."

Judge said the decision is his personal choice, but he's leaving wiggle room to change his mind by this year's All-Star break. The 25-year-old stole the show at last year's derby at Marlins Park in Miami, hitting a total of 47 homers on his way to easily beating Miguel Sano (Minnesota Twins) in the final.

Judge went into a slump following the derby, though he insists the event was not to blame. He hit .185 and struck out in 41 of his 92 at-bats in August before righting himself to hit .311 with 15 home runs from September onward to finish the season with an American League-leading 52 home runs.

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 10: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park on July 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Outfielders Aaron Judge #99 (L) and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrate after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 20, 2016 in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 5-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees congratulates teammate Greg Bird #33 after Bird drove them both in with a home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 16, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Apr 12, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (38) and Yankees first baseman Chris Carter (48) after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: The 5' 10' Ronald Torreyes #17 stands next to the 6' 7' Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees for the national anthem before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Aaron Judge #99, Ronald Torreyes #74 and Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees stand during the national anthem before their Opening Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 8-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Brett Gardner #11, Jacoby Ellsbury #22, Aaron Judge #99 and Matt Holliday #17 of the New York Yankees looks on during the National Anthem before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 26, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Starlin Castro #14 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate the 9-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on April 16, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after he made a diving catch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run to right center during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees is greeted in the dugout after scoring during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Brett Gardner #11leaps high to celebrate his home run with teammate Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees during an MLB baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 29, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 12-4. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees celebrates his second inning three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with teammates Aaron Judge #99 and Matt Holliday #17 at Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Apr 19, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates his solo home run against the Chicago White Sox with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Aaron Judge #99, Starlin Castro #14 and Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees high five each other after their victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 27, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 16-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates his 2nd home run of the game in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 24, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammate Gary Sanchez #24 after hitting a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 18, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo By Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees watches a sacrifice fly against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-14: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows through watching his second home run of the game in the 6th inning of an MLB baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on September 14, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 13-5. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees watches his team bat from the dugout during an MLB baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 12, 2017 at CitiField in the Queens borough of New York City. This game was scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay, but had to be moved to play in a neutral stadium because of hurricane damage in Florida. Rays won 2-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers stands at first base with Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees during a game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in a game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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"Derby wasn't even that big of a toll, to be honest," Judge said. "It was just like taking BP. It wasn't anything too taxing. I wasn't trying to swing 110 percent. I was taking a normal 80-90 percent swing, just trying to make contact."

When asked if his left shoulder injury that required surgery over the offseason was a result of the derby, Judge responded, "I would rather not say." Judge has previously said he doesn't expect to feel 100 percent until Opening Day but noted Thursday that he's on track in his recovery.

"I feel good, shoulder's been feeling good," he said. "When I first got down here [to spring training], there was still a little soreness left in there. But the past couple weeks -- this past week, especially -- it's pain-free. There's no soreness and feeling great. I'm just trying to maintain that and keep that rolling into the season."

--Field Level Media

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