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Judge thought WBC was 'amazing,' won't commit for 2026

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Despite being impressed with this year's World Baseball Classic, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge won't commit to the 2026 edition of the event.

"It's tough to say now since it's three years down the road," Judge said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin.

"We'll see when the time comes. It's a fun, amazing event. It captivates the world. You've got kids everywhere staying up late watching these games, and you've got the best players in baseball competing. We'll see where we are when the time comes."

Judge skipped this year's tournament to focus on spring training after the Yankees signed him to a nine-year megadeal and named him team captain.

The 30-year-old said he kept a close eye on the WBC and was particularly drawn to the showdown between Los Angeles Angels teammates Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani's Japan bested Trout's United States in the WBC final, with the Japanese sensation striking out his MLB teammate to claim the tournament championship.

"I wish Trout would have hit a homer to keep the U.S. in the game, but any time you see two of the best in the game battle it out there on a 3-2 pitch, that's what any baseball fan wants it to come down to," Judge said.

"You're never gonna see that anywhere else, with both of them from the same team and at the top of their game."

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