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The Case for Aaron Judge as AL MVP

Kathy Willens

Kathy Willens

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Aaron Judge emerged on the seen at the end of the 2016 season along with a bundle of other highly touted Yankee prospects. Slashing a .179 average and striking out in 42 of 84 plate appearances. Judge’s strikeouts weren’t much of a surprise but the 4 home runs were. The Yankees were disappointed in Judge to say the least. “He needs some refinement, he is going to stay in New York this winter and work with our coaches” according to Joe Girardi in a interview with Bryan Hoch (MLB.com).

Judge’s new off-season program worked to perfection. Breaking the Rookie home run record (52), leading the league in walks (127) and on base percentage (.422) and the clear path winner for AL rookie of the year. The Yankee superstar will be named as a finalist for the MVP award in the up and coming weeks but ALCS opponent Jose Altuve will also be in consideration, maybe even seen as the favorite for the award. Altuve lead the league in batting average (.346), hit (24) home runs, (81) RBI’s and (32) stolen bases. Altuve with a balanced year, filling every column quite well might have the upper hand.

Aaron Judge’s stardom can’t be denied, he has incredible potential and some people view him a the next “Derek Jeter”. He is humble and just enjoys not only the game of baseball but the fans. If there is another Yankee captain it seems that is could potentially be Judge himself but I’m sure if you asked him about it he would revert to how wonderful his teammates are.

If the Yankees find a way to capture the 28th world series and Judge plays a big role throughout the post season, you can’t deny him of this award. Judge’s season was just too incredible for a rookie and his magnificence will continue all the way to Cooperstown.

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  1. adviser on October 18th, 2017 11:44 am

    Judge should be MVP. He is the only player since like Babe Ruth and Ted Williams to hit 50 HRs, score 100 times, and have 100 walks in a season. The names that he is in company with this year are ridiculous -Ruth, Aaron, mantle, Mcquire etc. He is a run producer. These power numbers are historic. Sure Altuve is a modern day Pete Rose, but Judge is a one man wrecking crew.
    Batting .346 this year makes him rank at about the 300th best single season batting avaerage.
    52 HRs in top 20 all time.

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