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Judge win draws most Home Run Derby viewers in nearly decade

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/11/2017 By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge shows the trophy after winning the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) © The Associated Press New York Yankees' Aaron Judge shows the trophy after winning the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Judge's victory in the All-Star Home Run Derby drew the event's most viewers in nearly a decade.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles after his last at bat after winning the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) © The Associated Press New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles after his last at bat after winning the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The slugfest Monday night was seen by 8.69 million viewers on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and the company's livesteams. That was up 55 percent from last year's 5.62 million, the most since 2008's 9.12 million and the second-most since 1999's 8.91 million.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles as he competes during the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) © The Associated Press New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles as he competes during the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The derby got a 10.8 rating in New York, the highest since market records began in 1998. With Mike Moustakas of the Royals among the eight sluggers in the contest, it drew a 13.6 rating in Kansas City, the largest among metered markets.

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