Aaron Judge

George Kittle pushes for Aaron Judge to join 49ers with 'The Rock' GIF

George Kittle pushes for Aaron Judge to join 49ers with 'The Rock' GIF

George Kittle is all-in on the idea of Aaron Judge joining the 49ers.

A day after Judge joked about the idea if there is no MLB season, the 49ers' All-Pro tight end tweeted back at the New York Yankees outfielder with a GIF of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Judge grew up in Linden -- just outside of Stockton -- and was a wide receiver for Linden High School, so it's not farfetched to think Judge could step on a football field and hold his own.

Coming in at 6-foot-7 and 282 pounds, Judge would be a monster on the 49ers' offense. Coach Kyle Shanahan can only dream of drawing up plays with Judge, Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk running around the field.

With the 2020 MLB season in limbo, players might need to find something to do this fall. But Judge putting his body on the line in the NFL might not sit well with the Yankees.

While I'd love to see Judge don a 49ers uniform, it's one of those things we will just have to daydream about.

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Maybe we'll see Judge on the sideline cheering on Kittle and the 49ers at Levi's Stadium this fall instead.

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Aaron Judge jokes about joining 49ers if there's no 2020 MLB season

Aaron Judge jokes about joining 49ers if there's no 2020 MLB season

If the 49ers are in the market for a 6-foot-7, 282-pound wide receiver, Aaron Judge might be their guy.

With the 2020 MLB season teetering on the brink of not happening, Steve Detwiler, the varsity baseball coach at San Rafael High School, wondered if the 49ers would be able to sign Judge for a year.

Judge is right. The 49ers are stacked at just about every position on the roster. But wide receiver is the one spot they could use another body.

The 28-year-old Judge grew up in Linden, California, and was a three-sport star at Linden High School. While Judge now might profile as a tight end or a defensive lineman, he was a wide receiver at Linden High.

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In a fantasy world, if Judge really wanted to play for the 49ers, they would find room for him on the roster. They might not be able to pay him much, but they'd find a spot for him.

If the 49ers wanted to put Judge on the defensive line, he'd be like another Arik Armstead. The Yankees outfielder is the same height and 10 pounds lighter than the former Oregon Duck, but just as athletic, if not more.

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But if coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to use him on offense, no one would be able to stop the 49ers with Judge, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk running all over the field.

Alas, Judge to the 49ers will never happen, but with our sports options limited right now, it's OK to daydream for a few minutes.

Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

Imagining best opponents for Barry Bonds in hypothetical Home Run Derby

There might not be a more perfect candidate for an all-time MLB Home Run Derby than former Giants legend Barry Bonds. His 756 home runs are the most in baseball history, and no single player’s power has been as intimidating as Bonds was in his heyday.

MLB.com recently came up with a hypothetical matchup for Bonds in their “#WhatIf Derby” series, choosing Los Angeles Dodgers star and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger.

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It’s safe to say fans clearly favor one side in this showdown of sluggers.

Bellinger’s power is no joke, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Bonds’ prowess at the plate. 

This got us thinking, who would make the most formidable foe for Bonds in an imaginary home run derby?

Sticking with current players, there are plenty of viable candidates to challenge Bonds in a home run-hitting duel.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on an absolute show in last year’s derby, smashing a ridiculous 40 home runs to overtake Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson in the second round. Guerrero Jr.’s dad famously won the 2007 derby at Oracle Park while playing with the Los Angeles Angels.

Another player who, if fully healthy, could give Bonds a run for his money is New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. While he’s battled injuries in recent years, Stanton’s raw power and force he puts into each swing doesn’t have many parallels in any era of MLB.

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Completing the ideal foursome of participants would be Stanton’s New York teammate in outfielder Aaron Judge. The Fresno State product won the 2017 derby in an effort that included four home runs traveling further than 500 feet.

These four sluggers together all in their prime competing in one home run derby would be an unreal scene. There aren’t many in today’s game who even come close to Bonds’ strength in the box, but Guerrero Jr., Stanton and Judge are about as close as it gets.