Aaron Judge on Tuesday opened up about the departure of manager Joe Girardi, calling it a "tough situation."
"Joe was my first manager," Judge said on "First Take" as he discussed the news that he will be on the cover of MLB The Show 18. "He had 10 great years with the Yankees, all winning seasons. Won the World Series in '09. Took a team that was supposed to be rebuilding to the ALCS, one game away from the World Series."
Judge, who hit a rookie-record 56 homers, won the home run derby, and named to the All-Star team in his rookie campaign, said he has "a lot of love and respect for Joe." He said is excited to see who the team hires to serve as their next manager.
The team parted ways with Girardi after the Yankees fell to the Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there is no timetable on the hiring of the next manager and that he is "looking for the right person, regardless of age."
"[Girardi] gave me an opportunity," Judge said on the "Mike and Mike" show. "He always had faith in me, always trusted me. Through the good times and the bad times, so I'm going to miss him. But I'm a player, supposed to go out there and play. I haven't really followed the manager thing too much right now. We'll see who we got. There are a lot of candidates out there."