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The New York Yankees are now 0-5 in their six last games. This is a season in which not much has gone right in terms of the 41-39 Bronx Bombers. They currently sit in fourth place in American League East, 5.5 games behind the second wildcard.
Aaron Judge, the star right fielder, has taken on a leadership role in an effort to fix the team's problems. However, Judge told reporters that he had called a players-only meeting three weeks prior.
Judge stated that he had "just] some things in my mind, some of the things I've seen over the course the year," per ESPN's Marly Riva.
"Usually, around the All-Star break, you have a meeting where the guys sort of address issues going into the second part. However, I felt that there were some issues that could not wait for the All-Star break in order to be brought up.
Judge was the best and most valuable offensive player on the team, hitting.285 with 18 home runs. He also had 42 RBI. The offense has struggled to keep up with the rest of the AL teams, ranking 13th in OPS and 13th in runs scored.
Judge is probably the best person to lead this team as de facto leader. Judge did not provide details on what was said but he gave a glimpse into the meeting room.
Judge said, "It was an opportunity for many of us to be open with one another."
"Maybe [say] some thoughts. ... I have been on some of the most successful teams. They are able to communicate what they need and not let anyone's feelings get hurt. It was a great meeting. Although there was much emotion, I believe it was good for the team.
The Yankees lost 5-3 to the Angels on the night prior to the players-only meeting. New York responded Tuesday night with an 11-5 victory, but they were arguably unable to recover from Tuesday's loss. The Angels scored in the ninth for their seventh consecutive regular-season win to overcome an 8-4 deficit and win 11-8.
Weather caused the Yankees to postpone their next two games. They will host the New York Mets Saturday.