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Judge downplays own coach dissing Yankees: 'It doesn't involve me'

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New York Yankees superstar outfielder Aaron Judge shrugged off his personal hitting instructor's criticisms of the team's recent performance.

"It doesn't involve me, to be honest," Judge said Friday, according to Bryan Hoch of "It's somebody else making a comment. I'm not going to comment for somebody else. … I've got no control over what another person does. It's out of my control. I've got nothing for you."

Richard Schenck, Judge's instructor, replied to the YES Network on social media after the latter highlighted the 2022 AL MVP's statistics in New York's wins.

"They've lost 13 out of 18 while he's hitting like an MVP (.) The Yankees offensive player development is terrible," Schenck wrote Thursday on X.

Judge said he wasn't aware of his coach's post until prior to Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone also downplayed Schenck's remarks.

"People are going to say things, and certainly everyone is entitled to their opinion," Boone said, per Hoch. "Especially when you go through a tough stretch and you wear this uniform, I know people are going to take shots and things like that."

The Yankees' 5-15 record in their last 20 games has dropped them behind the Baltimore Orioles in the race for first in the AL East.

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